Vegas Favored over Caps with Stanley Cup Final Odds

May 28th, 2018 NHL Hockey

One year ago, the Vegas Golden Knights were little more than a logo.  They had no roster. General Manager George McPhee was studying hard for the expansion draft.  He would pick from a list of unwanted players cast off like sacks or garbage.  These players were provided the ultimate insult.  Their teams kicked them to the curb.  They were judged as not good enough.  At least until now.  Out of the junk yard McPhee built a powerhouse.  The most successful expansion team of any major sport of all time.  And now a favorite with the Stanley Cup final odds.

Washington Capitals vs. Vegas Golden Knights 2018 Stanley Cup Final

Date and Time:  Series runs May 28 through June 13, 2018

Location:  T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Capital One Arena, Washington, DC

NHL Betting Online Odds at SBG:

TeamSpreadTotal
Capitals+1½ (-240)5½ (+105)
Golden Knights-1½ (+200)5½ (-125)
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2018 Stanley Cup Final TV Coverage: NBC and NBCSN

Opens in Las Vegas

The 2018 Stanley Cup Final opens in Las Vegas.  Game one is set for Monday, May 28.  NBC will handle the telecast.  Wednesday, May 30 is the date for the second game.  NBCSN will provide coverage.  Games three and four are set for Washington, DC.  The dates are June 2 and June 4.  NBCSN gets game three and NBC will handle game 4.

If Necessary…

If game five is necessary its set for Vegas on June 7.  Game six would be at Washington on June 10.  A seventh game would be back in Sin City on June 13.  All seven games are scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.  NBC will televise the final three games as needed.

Vegas comes in as Favorite

Vegas is a stunning Stanley Cup Playoff odds favorite.  But not at all an accident.  They were the Pacific Division champions.  First round playoff action saw Vegas sweep Los Angeles.  San Jose next fell to the Golden Knights in six games.  Winnipeg lost four straight after winning the opening game in the Western Final.  Head coach Gerard Gallant rolls four lines without fear.  He tolerates mistakes.  In turn his team constantly attacks.  And is highly entertaining to watch.  Not to mention overwhelmingly effective.

Washington

Washington is a great sportsbook story in their own right.  They have exercised their playoff demons this spring.  They are chokers no more.   In fact the Capitals showed considerable courage.  Alex Ovechkin has become beloved.  “The Great Eight” is a sniper without peer.  More importantly he set the best possible example as team captain.  Nobody on the Capitals played harder.  Or with more grit and determination.  Ovechkin has 12 goals, 10 assists and a plus five in the playoffs.

Marc Andre Fleury

Vegas goaltender Marc Andre Fleury was one of those Golden Knights discarded to the expansion draft.  All he has done is post an insane save percentage of .947 in post season.  Fleury has four shutouts and a 12-3 record in the playoffs.  And he boasts three Stanley Cup rings from his days at Pittsburgh

Matchup to Watch

This one comes down to Ovechkin vs. Fleury.  Seems cruel that one of these greats will leave the ice in defeat.  Vegas has defied the Stanley Cup Playoff odds all year.  There is no need to second guess when they will fail.  A lot of bankrolls have gone bust in that futile exercise.  In this matchup the Golden Knights have the depth edge.  You can also check mark goaltender as a Vegas plus.

Capitals vs. Golden Knights NHL Playoff Lines Picks

Marc Andre Fleury will backstop Vegas to glory.  The Golden Knights will compete their impossible dream!

NHL Betting Online Pick: Vegas Golden Knights

NHL Betting Online Series Prediction: Vegas 4 games, Washington 3 games

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