The Washington Capitals are poised to claim their first Stanley Cup in franchise history on Thursday as they hit the ice against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final as +125 underdogs on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Washington continued its dominance over Vegas with a lopsided 6-2 victory as -123 home chalk in Game 4 on Monday to take a 3-1 series lead into Thursday night’s Capitals vs. Golden Knights betting matchup at T-Mobile Arena.
The Capitals have taken control of the series since dropping a 6-4 decision as +137 road underdogs in Game 1, powering to three straight wins with goaltender Braden Holtby holding Vegas shooters to just five total goals during that stretch.
Washington has now won five of six since being pushed to the brink of elimination by the Tampa Bay Lightning during the Eastern Conference final, and has climbed to a heavy -660 favourite on the Stanley Cup odds to eventually close out the series against the Golden Knights, well ahead of the +115 odds the club sported ahead of Game 1 of the series.
History is squarely on the Capitals’ side going into Game 5. Teams holding a 3-1 series lead in the Stanley Cup final have gone on to lift the Cup on 31 straight occasions since the Toronto Maple Leafs rebounded from a 3-0 deficit to knock off the Detroit Red Wings in seven games 76 years ago.
However, the Golden Knights have defied the odds throughout their inaugural campaign, and cannot be taken lightly as they prepare for Thursday night’s contest as -145 favourites.
Vegas was denied an early lead in Game 4 after failing to capitalize on several golden scoring opportunities. But the Golden Knights have regularly converted on scoring chances on home ice, averaging 4.29 goals per game over their past seven, and have picked up the win in 12 of their past 15 overall on home ice, according to the OddsShark NHL Database.
In addition, the Golden Knights have yet to lose four in a row at any point in their short history, and have avoided consecutive defeats in their past 15 on home ice dating back to mid-March.
Despite those favourable trends, Vegas has a mountain to climb if they are to make history and march to a championship in their first year of play, now trailing as lengthy +480 underdogs on the Stanley Cup odds.