Vegas Golden Knights vs. Washington Capitals Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jan 24, 2022

The Capitals and Golden Knights are both looking to gain some momentum when they meet in Washington on Monday night. 

Vegas
43-31-4-4
AT
January 24, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
Capital One Arena
Washington
44-26-9-3
Puckline +1.5 -197
Moneyline +128
Over / Under o +6

55%

Betting Action

45%

Puckline -1.5 +164
Moneyline -154
Over / Under u +6

55%

Betting Action

45%

The Caps have just three wins in nine January games, but they’re coming off a 3-2 comeback win over Ottawa on Saturday.  This is the first of a difficult four-game road trip for Vegas.  The Golden Knights have only picked up two wins in seven games in 2022, but they’re also coming off an overtime win, 4-3 against Montreal on Thursday.

Washington is a -126 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.0.

Golden Knights vs. Capitals NHL Betting Odds

This has been a fairly even head-to-head series, with the home team winning the last four games.  This is the first meeting between the teams since Vegas took a 3-2 decision on Feb. 17, 2020.  Just over 50 per cent of Sports Interaction bettors are taking the Golden Knights for this one, while nearly 80 per cent of action is taking the Over.  Five of the last six games in this series have hit the Over.

Vegas may not have a great overall record this month, but they’ve been good on the road lately.  The Golden Knights have won six straight road games and sit at 11-5 outside of Vegas this season.  They’re 16-25 against the spread overall, including 9-7 ATS on the road.  The total has gone Over in five of the Golden Knight’s last six games against Eastern Conference teams.

The Caps have been a solid home team this year, going 12-5-5 in Washington.  They’re 22-20 ATS overall, but they’ve failed to cover in 13 of 22 home games.  The total has gone Over in four of Washington’s last six games overall and five of their last six at home.

Vegas Golden Knights

Vegas probably deserved a more dominant result against Montreal, but the two points they earned is the most important thing.  The Golden Knights outshot the Habs 53-27, with Shea Theodore scoring the OT winner.  Chandler Stephenson, William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault also scored.  Robin Lehner had 24 saves, including three big stops in the extra period.

Against Montreal, Vegas was missing Max Pacioretty (wrist), Alec Martinez (face/head), Nicolas Hague (wrist) and captain Mark Stone (COVID protocols).  Of course, the Golden Knights are also without Jack Eichel, who has yet to make his Vegas debut as he recovers from neck surgery.  Eichel, Pacioretty, Martinez, Hague and Stone are all expected to be out of the lineup again on Monday.

It should be Lehner between the pipes for this one.  Lehner’s numbers have gone down this season with a heavier workload as the undisputed No. 1 goalie, but he’s still been solid.  The Swede has a 16-11-1 record this year with a 2.95 goals-against average and .903 save percentage.

Washington Capitals

Alex Ovechkin added his NHL-leading 28th and 29th goals of the season for Washington on Saturday, while Nicklas Backstrom scored the game-winner.  Vitek Vanecek stopped 20 of 22 shots.  Ovechkin is the second-favourite to win the Hart Trophy this year at +251 and his 58 points puts him in a three-way tie with Leon Draisaitl and Jonathan Huberdeau for the NHL lead.

The Capitals also have their fair share of injury problems.  T.J. Oshie (upper-body), John Carlson (protocols), Nick Jensen (upper-body) and Anthony Mantha (shoulder) were all out of the lineup against Ottawa.  The good news is, Carlson is back at practice and it looks like he’ll play on Monday.  Jensen is questionable to return, while Oshie and Mantha are out.

The season has been split fairly evenly between Vanecek and Ilya Samsonov this year and it’s unclear who will start on Monday.  Vanecek has a 9-5-5 record on the season, with a 2.54 GAA and .909 SV.  Samsonov is 13-4-3 with a 2.77 GAA and .903 SV.

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