Washington at Vegas- NHL Finals Game 5 Betting Pick
VietBet Moneyline: Washington +128 Vegas -141
VietBet Total Line: 5.5
The Washington Capitals bring a 3-1 series lead into Thursday’s Game 5 of their Stanley Cup Finals matchup against the Vegas Golden Knights. Game time on NBC from T-Mobile Arena is set for 8 p.m.
Washington at Vegas Game Preview
After losing the series opener 6-4 as +137 road underdogs, the Capitals have completely turned things around with three-straight wins by a combined score of 12-5. They buried Vegas 6-2 on Monday night in Game 4 as -123 favorites at home. The total went way OVER VietBet’s 5.5-goal line in that game after staying UNDER in the previous two matchups. The total has been set at 5.5 for all five games.
One thing in Washington’s favor on Thursday night is a proven ability to win playoff games on the road. With a 3-2 victory in Game 2 as +125 road underdogs, the Capitals have gone 9-2 on the road in this year’s postseason run. The total has stayed UNDER in three of their last four road games. The other huge plus for Game 5 is the stellar play of Braden Holtby in goal. Behind some solid offensive support, he turned away 28 of the 30 shots he faced in Monday’s win.
Vegas only lost three games in earlier series victories against Los Angeles, San Jose and Winnipeg to earn a spot in the NHL Finals and the last time it lost three games in a row was in early March of the regular season. The one plus for Game 5 is a 7-2 record on its home ice in the playoffs. The total has gone OVER in three of the Golden Knights’ last five home games on VietBet’s closing line.
The Golden Knights’ lack of scoring in the last three games have compounded their defensive problems at the other end of the ice. After scoring those six goals in the series opener, the team’s top scorers have been basically shutdown with Vegas scoring a combined five goals in three games. The other concern is Marc-Andre Fleury in goal. After turning away almost every shot he faced in the first three playoff series, he has struggled against Washington. He allowed six goals on 23 shots in Game 4 with three coming on power plays.
Washington at Vegas Free Game Prediction
Despite Washington’s dominance over the past three games, I do not see this series ending on the Golden Knights’ home ice. The Capitals should secure the Stanley Cup in Game 6, but I am betting on Vegas one more time this Thursday night.