Vegas Golden Knights vs. Washington Capitals - 2/17/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Washington Capitals - 2/17/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals (37-16-5) at Vegas Golden Knights (30-22-8)

NHL Hockey: Monday, February 17, 2020 at 6:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)

The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -125 / Washington Capitals +113 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights meet Monday in NHL action at the T-Mobile Arena. 

The Washington Capitals need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 20.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 40 goals, John Carlson has 54 assists and T.J. Oshie has 107 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing three goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has allowed 49 goals on 590 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 117 goals on 1,133 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 10 games.

The Vegas Golden Knights need a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Max Pacioretty leads Vegas with 26 goals, Mark Stone has 37 assists and Reilly Smith has 152 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 115 goals on 1,216 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 55 goals on 516 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or more goals in 13 of their last 17 games.

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The Capitals are 9-2 in their last 11 games as an underdog, 9-2 in their last 11 games as a road underdog and 19-7 in their last 26 road games. The Golden Knights are 3-10 in their last 13 Monday games. The over is 7-3-1 in Capitals last 11 overall. The over is 7-2 in Golden Knights last 9 home games. The Capitals are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. The home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The favorite is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.

The Vegas Golden Knights should be the favorites here given that this is a big matchup with the history between these clubs and they have the home ice advantage. However, the Washington Capitals have won six of the last seven meetings against Vegas, and the Golden Knights aren't the same team at home that they've been over the years. The Washington Capitals are also money making machines in the underdog role and are still the fourth most profitable team in the sport. Give me the road team and the plus money. 

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