It’s Super Bowl Sunday, but the Super Bowl isn’t the only ticket in town. Before the big game, there is some action elsewhere in the sports world. To get the day started, we have three feature games in the NHL during the afternoon hours. We’re going to Washington D.C., where the Vegas Golden Knights and Capitals are meeting for the second time. The first meeting was in Vegas, where the Knights took care of business, as they usually do at home, with a 3-0 win over the Caps. The Knights have yet to face any kind of adversity, but there is going to be at least one rough patch before the end of the regular season. They don’t exactly have to light it up like they did in the first-half to enjoy solid seeding in the playoffs. If the Golden Knights just keep it together and avoid an epic collapse, they’re going to be fine. I don’t expect them to play at the same clip, but should still play competitive hockey.
With five wins in their last ten games, a case could be made that they’re starting to slow down a bit. However, with a record of 34-13-2, there is more good to celebrate than bad. The Knights have been on the road for their past three contests, taking a couple of wins off the Flames and Jets, while losing to the Wild in their last outing. They set a record against the Jets, as the first expansion team to win 34 games in their inaugural year, and we’re not even close to the end of the regular season. Whoever the next expansion team in the NHL is, they’re going to have their work cut out for them to break this record. If you’re looking for some betting action before the Super Bowl, look no further than our free Golden Knights vs. Capitals pick below.
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Washington Capitals Pick
The Knights had a letdown spot after clinching the NHL record, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Wild on Friday night. It didn’t come as much of a surprise, as they played on a back-to-back, and coming off a record breaking performance. A few more losses in a row, though, and the Golden Knights are going to be faced with their first adversity of the season. After Washington, they head to Pittsburgh and San Jose. All of them are losable games, but doubting them has done many bankrolls in at this juncture. Vegas are 2nd in the NHL with 3.35 goals per game. Pretty crazy stuff for an expansion team. With the Lightning winning last night, they own a 3-point lead for the overall lead in the NHL standings. I expect some pullback for the Knights, but it’s hard to say by how much.
The Capitals are coming off an uninspiring performance against the Penguins, as they took it on the head in a 7-4 loss. Braden Holtby was exploited, leading to a barrage of goals from the Pens in the 3rd period. The Capitals are still playing second-fiddle to the Penguins, and it’s going to take a series win over them in the playoffs to convince anyone otherwise. The Caps have scored an average of 3.06 goals per game this season, 9th in the league. They haven’t been nearly as dominant on the defensive end this year, as they’re allowing 2.88 goals per for 16th in the NHL. It’s been standard to find them in the top-5 in both regards over the last several years. Nevertheless, I can see them bouncing back against the road weary Golden Knights at home, though. After allowing 5 or more goals, the Caps have gone 14-3 in their next game. The Capitals should be able to pick themselves up and earn a win on Super Bowl Sunday over the Knights.
PICK: CAPITALS (-120)