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Preview: Washington vs. Vegas in Stanley Cup Game 1

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights will be playing in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup on Monday night. The Capitals, who are making their first appearance since 1999, are the underdogs in this matchup with the Golden Knights.

The Golden Knights, who are making their first Stanley Cup appearance in their inaugural season, went 63-26-5-3 on the regular season. The Capitals went 61-31-8-1 in the regular season.

Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury attempts to make a save as Jack Roslovic looks on

Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury attempts to make a save (Getty Images)

Washington is 29-17-4-1 on the road this season. Vegas is 28-16-3-2 at home this season at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis Public Poll, Vegas has a 66% chance to win this game. The Golden Knights also have a 77% chance to win this game, according to the Covers.com Expert Poll.

The Golden Knights won both meetings this season. In their last meeting on February 4th, Vegas defeated the Capitals in Las Vegas, 4-3.

In the last contest, Reilly Smith led the Golden Knights with two goals. Alex Tuch and Ryan Carpenter also had a goal.

The Capitals had three players scored a goal each. Nicklas Bäckström, Matt Niskanen, and Chandler Stephenson scored those goals.

Vegas goalie Marc-André Fleury received the win, as he improved to 15-4-2 on the season. He made 20 saves.

Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer fell to 4-7-3 on the season when he lost this game. He made 27 saves in the game.

In their inaugural meeting on December 23rd, 2017 in Washington, D.C., the Golden Knights jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period, then held onto the lead throughout for the win. Tuch, Oscar Lindberg, and William Karlsson scored the goals.

Fleury improved to 6-1-1 on the season with this win. He made 26 saves in the game.

Capitals goalie Braden Holtby fell to 20-8 on the season. He made 25 saves.

Vegas will host the first two games, as the second will be on May 30th. The Golden Knights will then play in Washington beginning on June 2nd and continue until June 4th.

If necessary, Game 5 will be Vegas on June 7th. Washington, if necessary, will host Game 6 on June 10th.

Game 7, if necessary, will be on June 13th in Vegas.

The Capitals won two straight games to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals. Washington led the series 2-0, before the Lightning won three straight games.

After losing the first game in the series with the Winnipeg Jets in the Western Conference Finals, the Golden Knights then won the next four games.

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