Capitals vs Golden Knights Prediction - NHL Picks 12/2/23

Vegas Golden Knights (15-5-4) vs Washington Capitals (12-6-2)

Game Info: Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 10:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)

Betting Odds: Vegas Golden Knights -220 / Washington Capitals +180 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Capitals will play the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Washington has won two games in a row, while Vegas has lost three of their last four games. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Capitals vs Golden Knights prediction. 

Capitals Preview

The Washington Capitals are 12-6-2 this year after they defeated Anaheim by a score of 5-4 in their last game. Washington scored four goals in the first period and they were able to score the game winning goal late in the third. The Capitals were out shot by a total of 32-26 and went 5-5 on the penalty kill in the game. Washington defeated the Kings by a score of 2-1 in the game prior to Anaheim. The Capitals are scoring 2.45 goals per game and they are allowing 2.75 goals against per game, while going 8.5% on the power play and 81% on the penalty kill. Alex Ovechkin has five goals, nine assists, and 77 shots on goal this season. The projected starting goalie for Washington is Darcy Kuemper, who is 5-4-2 this year with a 3.04 goals against average and a .892 save percentage. 

Golden Knights Preview

The Vegas Golden Knights are 15-5-4 this season after they defeated Vancouver by a score of 4-1 in their last game. Vegas scored twice in the first and once in the second and third for the nice road victory. The Golden Knights out shot Vancouver by a total of 44-22 and went 1-3 on the power play in the game. Vegas had lost their previous three games against Edmonton, Calgary, and Arizona. The Golden Knights are scoring 3.13 goals per game and they are allowing 2.38 goals against per game, while going 21.2% on the power play and 86.3% on the penalty kill. Jack Eichel has led the Knights with nine goals, 15 assists, and 100 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Vegas is Logan Thompson, who is 5-3-2 this year with a 2.49 goals against average and a .916 save percentage. 

Vegas Golden Knights Team Facts

  • The Golden Knights have won each of their last six home games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • The underdogs have covered the puck line in 12 of the Golden Knights' last 13 games.
  • The Golden Knights have lost the first period in each of their last four games as favorites against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Golden Knights' last seven home games against Metropolitan Division opponents.

Washington Capitals Team Facts

  • The Capitals have won seven of their last eight night games.
  • The Capitals have failed to cover the puck line in five of their last six games.
  • The Capitals have won the first period in three of their last four night games following a road win.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Capitals' last four games at T-Mobile Arena.

Vegas Golden Knights Player Prop Facts

  • William Karlsson has scored at least one goal in four of the Golden Knights' last five home games.
  • William Karlsson has recorded at least one point in eight of the Golden Knights' last nine games at T-Mobile Arena.
  • Shea Theodore has recorded at least one assist in each of his last seven Saturday night appearances at T-Mobile Arena.
  • Mark Stone has the most Shorthanded Goals for the Golden Knights this season (2).

Washington Capitals Player Prop Facts

  • Alex Ovechkin has scored at least one goal in four of his last five appearances at T-Mobile Arena.
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov has recorded an assist in each of his last four appearances against the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena.
  • Max Pacioretty has recorded at least one point in 14 of his last 15 appearances in night games at T-Mobile Arena.
  • Alex Ovechkin has recorded two blocks against the Golden Knights this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Vegas Golden Knights ranks T1st in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (1).
  • The Vegas Golden Knights ranks 1st in the league for Period 1 goals allowed per game this season (0.58).
  • The Washington Capitals ranks 8th in the league for goals against per game this season (2.75).
  • The Washington Capitals ranks 32nd in the league for power play goals this season (5).

Capitals vs Golden Knights Betting Prediction 

Vegas has not played very well over the last couple of weeks, but they are coming off of a nice win against Vancouver and are 8-2-1 at home this year. Washington is 5-2-1 on the road and they have won two games in a row on this road trip against Anaheim and Los Angeles. The Capitals offense has been brutal at times this season, but they have been very good in the defensive zone. I know Washington has won two games in a row, but they were out shot in both of those games and played very poorly in the two games prior to that. I think Vegas’ last win is going to spark them and I like the Golden Knights to win by at least two goals. 

David’s Pick Golden Knights -1.5

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