Vegas Golden Knights vs. Washington Capitals - 6/7/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Caps vs Golden Knights pregame Feels like 1998
 	  	  		By Chris Cerullo

Caps vs Golden Knights pregame Feels like 1998 By Chris Cerullo

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) sprawls toward the puck as defenseman Shea Theodore (27) defends against Washington Capitals forward Jay Beagle (83) during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Saturday, June 2, 2018, in Washington. He has three goals and six assists to lead all Vegas defencemen in playoff points this year. Their year-to-date average has been around 36 feet, with 88 per cent of their games played this year seeing more advantageous shot distances. Gallant didn't appreciate a line of questioning that veered towards the struggles of Shea Theodore - dinged with a minus on four of the last five even-strength goals scored by the Washington Capitals - and shot back with a spirited defence of his talented blue liner.

Australia's Nathan Walker and his Washington Capitals are just one win away from making history and claiming the NHL's Stanley Cup.

Washington: Lars Eller. Eller was a major factor for the Capitals in knocking off the Tampa Bay Lightning, notching seven points in the seven game series. They are blocking more shots, getting more timely saves, and - most importantly - converting on more scoring opportunities.

"It can be easy in a game where you can clinch to get a little bit ahead of ourselves", Oshie said. "That's big thing for us". Through three games he has one risky shot attempt at 5-on-5, which is the same number as Capitals checking-line centre Jay Beagle. "It's just a scramble play where they outcompeted us on that one".

In a unusual way, coaching without a contract beyond this season seems to have freed him to challenge players to be more committed than they were in the past and not worry about the consequences.

Heck, they could spend another lifetime in this sport and never find themselves in a better one.

Neal blew the shot, and the Capitals rattled off three straight goals before the period ended to take full control.

Barring such an epic comeback, the shiny silver trophy won't be headed to the Sin City, and throwing a "losers parade" would probably draw a few eye rolls from across the sports world (as if Vegas has ever cared about outside perceptions).

Vegas winger James Neal hitting the post early in the first epitomized their lack of puck luck. "It's fine with us", said Vegas forward David Perron, whose team will look to even the series 2-2 in Monday's Game 4.

If you're not a chart master, here's what that graphic tells you: Vegas had the majority of the chances through 40, and a whole lot of their chances came in high-danger areas directly in front of the net.

"You have the opportunity to do something special as a group, but it's going to be the hardest thing to do, the hardest game to win because there's a very good team on the other side, a very proud team", Trotz said. "It's probably a different game after that". He also mentioned that he may make one more change for the game, but would not elaborate.

"It was frustrating", head coach Gerard Gallant said. Brett Connolly's power-play tally with 1:09 left was the coup de grace. But this time he hit the post.

John Carlson scored the only goal of the second period on a power play at 15:23, giving the Capitals a 4-0 lead. Holtby got some good fortune from the post on shots by Alex Tuch, Neal and Brayden McNabb. "I think that's where they really come into play".

Vegas didn't have a lot to brag about in Game Three, but their penalty kill was solid. Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer and infielder Ryan Zimmerman were in attendance supporting the Capitals, while teammate and Vegas native Bryce Harper watched from a private box sporting a Jonathan Marchessault jersey.

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