As the Washington Capitals prepare to visit T-Mobile Arena and the Vegas Golden Knights, Alexander Ovechkin will continue his quest to become the eighth player in NHL history to score 700 goals in a career.
He and the Capitals will return to the scene where the franchise captured its first Stanley Cup. Meanwhile, the Golden Knights will be looking for their third consecutive victory as they continue their push into the playoffs.
Capitals Looking to Turn Things Around
The Washington Capitals come into play with a record of 37-16-5, good for 79 points, one ahead of second-place Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan Division. While Ovechkin’s chase for 700 points is exciting for fans and the team, it may be becoming a distraction as the team is just 3-5-0 in its last eight games.
Washington had a four-game road win streak snapped by the Arizona Coyotes Saturday night. The Capitals have the league’s best road record at 21-7-1.
In the Arizona game, Ovechkin attempted 16 shots. Eight were on net, five were blocked, and one of the others hit the post.
Ovechkin is third in the NHL with 40 goals. He also has 17 assists for 57 points. Defenseman John Carlson has 15 goals and 54 assists for 69 points.
Center Jakob Vrana has 23 goals and 24 assists for 47 points. T.J. Oshie rounds out the 20-goals scorers for the Capitals with 22 goals.
The Capitals have the league’s fourth-best penalty-killing unit at 83.7%.
Golden Knights Go for Three Straight
The Vegas Golden Knights come into play with a record of 30-22-8, good for 68 points and third place in the Pacific Division. The Golden Knights are just two points behind Edmonton for first place in the division.
They have won two straight at home following their 1-0 shutout victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night. Marc-Andre Fleury had allowed nine goals in his previous two starts and was pulled for just the second time this season in a 4-0 loss to Minnesota on Tuesday.
He stopped 19 shots on Saturday to record the 60th shutout of his career. Reilly Smith tallied the only goal of the game against New York.
Mark Stone leads the Golden Knights offensively with 20 goals and 37 assists for 57 points. Max Pacioretty is the leading goal scorer, tallying 26 goals so far to go along with 29 assists for 55 points.
Smith has scored 22 goals, and Jonathan Marchessault has tallied 20 goals for the Golden Knights who have the fourth-most goals in the Western Conference with 189.
Betting Lines and Predictions
MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Vegas -130. The Golden Knights are favored by 1.5 goals and the over/under is 6.5. Vegas has been very good at home while the Capitals are the league’s best road team.
Will Marc-Andre Fleury resemble his form from Saturday or the two previous games where he allowed nine goals? The Capitals score in bunches so this should be a very good matchup. Take the Capitals on the road in this one.