The Vegas Golden Knights visit the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night in a rematch of the previous Stanley Cup finals which saw Washington hoist their first Cup in franchise history. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm central time. The Capitals are favored at -140.
Early Season Showdown
“We know that they’re going to be a motivated group and they’re going to have a little bit extra on the line. Obviously, through a five-game series, you develop a little bit of hatred for certain guys so that’s always nice to get back into that sort of rivalry that we’ve developed with them now. I think it will be good for our team, especially after five days to help us get right into the game and know it’s going to be a competitive situation with a real hungry team that’s looking to knock us off.”
Whether or not past feelings prove to determine this game, they will certainly be a factor. The Golden Knights have been struggling out of the gate this season, having scored just 5 goals in their first 3 games and allowed a whopping 10. They have not scored a power play goal, and allow goals on a quarter of opposing teams’ power plays. Jonathon Marchessault is leading the team with 4 points with 2 goals and as many assists.
The Capitals- while only having played 2 games thus far- have not lost in regulation, picking up a win and an overtime loss. In those two games, they have scored 13 goals, ranking 4th in the league. They have allowed seven. They have committed 13 penalties, a number they will certainly want to not build on at the same rate.
Both Teams Still in Early Season Mode
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