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Where: T-Mobile Arena
When: Monday, February 17, 2020, 6:00 pm ET
We have a non-conference NHL matchup to consider for Monday evening when the Washington Capitals meet the Vegas Golden Knights for game two of their two-game season series. The Capitals enter this contest fresh off a road loss to Arizona and Vegas is working on a two-game winning streak when they host the Capitals.
Capitals Fall to ArizonaThe Capitals have lost three of their last five games and Monday marks game three of a three-game road trip. Washington is 21-1-7 this season away from home and if the regular season were to end today the Capitals would be the third seed in the Eastern Conference and is currently five points behind conference leader Boston Bruins.
The Washington power-play unit is fourteenth in the NHL with a 20.5 percent success rate while the penalty kill unit is fourth in the National Hockey League with an 83,7 percent penalty kill rate this season.
Braden Holtby is likely in the crease on Monday evening and he has a 21-12-4 record with a 3.11 GAA and 89 percent save percentage. Holtby stopped 27 of 29 shots faced in a 3-1 road loss to the Arizona Coyotes.
Fleury Shuts Out IslandersThe Golden Knights have won three of its last five games and if the regular season were to end today, Vegas would be the sixth seed in the Western Conference. Monday night marks game three of a five-game homestand and the Knights are 16-10-4 at T-Mobile Arena this season. Vegas is six games behind St Louis in the conference standings and a win would inch them two points closer to the top of the leaderboard.
🎥 DeBoer: I just liked the maturity of our game tonight. We relied on what we've been talking about defensively and we got rewarded for it. pic.twitter.com/Ra9EXulREg— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) February 16, 2020
The Vegas power-play unit is tenth in the NHL with a 21.7 percent success rate while the penalty kill unit is twenty-second in the National Hockey League with a 78.4percent penalty kill rate this season.
Marc-Andre Fleury will likely start between the pipes for Vegas and he is 22-14-5 this season with a 2.80 GAA and 90 percent save percentage. Fleury stopped all 19 shots faced in a 1-0 home win over the New York Islanders for his fourth shutout of the season.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Golden Knights should win this game. They probably aren’t the better team featured in this game but they are very good at home with a hot goaltender. Washington is wrapping up a three-game road trip and they will of had plenty of time in Vegas sightseeing and such and may not be all that interested in this game. Washington won the first game of this series and I think Vegas will even the score. I will take Vegas to beat Washington in this matchup.
Full-Game Total Pick
I will go with OVER in this one. The over is 5-0 over their last five meetings and I expect this contest to exceed the total. These are two darn good offenses with mediocre bluelines and very good power-play units. The goaltending is good but not great this season and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if we don’t see seven goals or more scored on Monday. I will play OVER in this matchup.