With the NHL Stanley Cup Finals well underway, we finally have the first elimination game opportunity. This series is between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights. After losing the first game of the series, the Capitals responded by winning the next three games to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. This is a must-win game for the Golden Knights who now face an elimination game for the first time in franchise history. Expect the Golden Knights to lay it all on the line with the hopes of extending their playoff lives.
Washington’s success this postseason is largely due to its goalie Braden Holtby. After not starting the first two games of the playoffs, Holtby has dominated since being inserted into the starting lineup. In 22 postseason appearances, Holtby is 15-7 while saving 92.3% of all shots faced. He also has a goals against average of 2.13 this postseason which is a true testament to his dominance in these playoffs.
After struggling in game one, Holtby has looked like the best goalie in the NHL in the last three games. Holtby has only allowed five goals in the last three games combined despite facing 81 shot attempts. That means that he is saving 93.8% of shot attempts in the last three games. After losing in the playoffs multiple seasons in a row, it appears that Holtby took those losses personally and now looks determined to bring the franchise its first Stanley Cup championship ever. Expect Holtby to play extremely well in a potential series-clinching game.
Fleury has struggled mightily so far this series as he has given up at least three goals in each of the team’s four Stanley Cup games this season. Fleury’s goals against average through those four games is 4.08 which is unacceptable for a goalie of his caliber. Fleury also possesses a save percentage of 84.5% in this series which is absolutely abysmal. However, not all the blame should be placed on Fleury. Vegas’ defense has not done him any favors as the team seems to give up a ton of odd man rushes every game. If Vegas limits the turnovers in the neutral zone and plays more conservatively, expect Fleury to play extremely well moving forward.
As for my prediction, I have to side with the Knights. Although Washington dominated this series, the Golden Knights have responded to adversity extremely well this postseason and I think that the team will come out more focused tonight. I expect Fleury to play really well as Vegas wins an extremely low scoring contest.
Washington Capitals vs. Vegas Golden Knights: Game Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details
Event: Washington Capitals vs. Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018
Start Time: 8:00 P.M. EST
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
How to Watch Washington Capitals vs. Vegas Golden Knights On Your Tablet Or Mobile Device
You can live stream the game on the NBC Sports app.
You can download the NBC Sports App on Google Play, Amazon, iTunes, and the Windows Store. The NBC Sports app is also available on the following devices: Apple TV, Roku, Google Chromecast, Android TV, Fire TV, and Xbox One.
How To Live Stream Washington Capitals vs. Vegas Golden Knights Online Without Cable Subscription
You can also live stream the game through Sling TV free trial. Just click on the Sling website and click “Watch Now 7 Days Free” for the free trial. Choose the Sling Orange package, which costs $20 per month and comes with NBC along with many other sports channels.