Capitals’ Return To Scene Of Cup Triumph Won’t Be As Successful

Matthew Jordan

Monday, December 3, 2018 6:01 PM UTC

Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 6:01 PM UTC

The last time the Washington Capitals visited the Vegas Golden Knights, the Caps skated away with Lord Stanley’s Cup. What to expect from Tuesday’s return to Sin City?

Washington (15-8-3) at Vegas (14-13-1)Tuesday, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN+)Free NHL Pick: Knights MLBest Line Offered: SportsBetting

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The last time the same two teams played in back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals was the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008 & ’09. The Wings won the first in six games and the Pens the second in seven. We mention this because the Washington Capitals visit the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night, and it’s the last time the 2018 Stanley Cup Finalists will see each other this season barring an unlikely reunion in June.

Every Capitals fan probably age 10 and up will remember where they were at around 11 p.m. ET on June 7, 2018, as Washington won Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals 4-3 in Sin City for the Caps’ first championship in a title-starved city. Washington entered the third down 3-2 but goat goals from Devante Smith-Pelly at 9:52 of the period and Lars Eller at 12:23. Still, an amazing season from the expansion Golden Knights.

The chances we see a rematch? Not great. At Bovada, the Capitals are +1000 to win the East again and the Knights are +1300 in the West. That exact Cup matchup at 5Dimes is +16600.

Washington goes for the season sweep as it beat the visiting Knights 5-2 on Oct. 10. Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and three assists – he had eight points in the Stanley Cup Finals. Alex Ovechkin had two goals. Braden Holtby made 29 saves, while Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 28 shots.

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Two Streaks End

Washington’s seven-game winning streak was snapped Sunday in a 6-5 home loss to Anaheim. Shocking defeat considering the Caps led 5-1 at one point and still 5-3 entering the third. The Ducks became the first team in the NHL to win in regulation after trailing by four goals on the road since Colorado at Florida on March 3, 1999. It was only the second time in Ducks history they won after trailing by four.

The Caps are a bit short-handed as winger T.J. Oshie is out with an upper-body injury and defenseman Brooks Orpik sidelined due to knee surgery. Neither will travel with the team on this three-game road trip.

Vegas had its five-game winning streak end Saturday in a 2-1 loss in Edmonton. Ryan Spooner scored the winner at 5:50 of the third. It was the seventh straight game Fleury allowed three goals or fewer. Max Pacioretty saw his seven-game points streak come to an end. The Knights had outscored their opponents 23-8 during their win streak.

  • Golden Knights are 19-4 in their last 23 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
  • Golden Knights are 5-0 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.

Think this will be a bit personal for the Knights considering they have five straight games to Washington. Take Vegas for a Tuesday NHL pick.

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