The Washington Capitals have yet to win the Stanley Cup since joining the NHL in 1974, but they can change all that on Thursday when they visit the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of the Cup Final, starting at 8 PM ET on NBC. The Capitals take a 3-1 lead into T-Mobile Arena after beating Vegas 6-2 Monday night as –120 home favorites at Bovada.
After starting the year as +20000 outsiders on the Stanley Cup futures market, the expansion Golden Knights were –130 favorites to beat Washington in this series, and they appeared well on their way after taking Game 1. But the Caps have been the better team ever since. Braden Holtby has allowed just five goals during this three-game winning streak, after getting shelled 6-4 in the opener.
Marc-Andre Fleury hasn’t necessarily fallen apart for Vegas, who gave up three power play goals in Monday’s loss. However, Fleury isn’t playing at nearly the same high level he was earlier in the postseason. He was the –135 favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy before Game 1, but has seen his playoff save percentage plummet from .947 during the first three rounds to .845 against the Capitals. Bet on hockey at Bovada and get a free 50% bonus.