Here are five players to watch that Vegas will be going up against at T-Mobile Arena starting Monday:
Ovechkin is having himself another successful postseason for the Capitals and has carried them all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. The 32-year-old Russian has recorded 12 goals and 10 assists for a total of 22 points in 19 games this postseason. Ovechkin is now up to a grand total of 112 points in 116 career postseason games, which is good for almost a point per game. He also has 30 playoff points over the last two years. The good news for Golden Knights fans is that Marc-Andre Fleury seems to be the only goalie in the world that can stop the “Great 8” in the playoffs, dating back to his days playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Kuznetsov is putting up the best postseason numbers of his entire NHL career and will look to stay hot Monday night going into his first Stanley Cup Final. Kuznetsov has recorded 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points in 19 playoff games this year, which not only leads the Capitals, but also the NHL. The 26-year-old is currently on a 10-game point streak, recording six goals and nine assists for a total of 15 points within that time. The last time he failed to register a point was almost a month ago, all the way back on May 1. Kuznetsov now has 43 playoff points in 58 career postseason games.
Holtby is quietly having himself another great postseason. And if it wasn’t for the first round against the Columbus Blue Jackets, he would be putting up Fleury-like numbers right now. Holtby is currently 12-6-0 with a 2.04 GAA and an .924 save percentage while also posting two shutouts. The 28-year-old is entering the Stanley Cup Final having not allowed a goal in two straight games, shutting out the powerful duo of Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov in the process. Holtby turns into a completely different goalie come playoff time and is now in the midst of his six straight postseason appearance.
Backstrom has battled some injuries during the 2018 playoffs, but he is still putting up some impressive numbers and has helped this team reach the finals. Backstrom has currently recorded four goals and 12 assists for a total of 16 points in 15 games and has eight points over his last eight games. The 30-year-old now has 30 goals and 61 assists for 91 points in 111 playoff games and has 29 points over his last two years. Backstrom has really found a groove playing in that 2C role since returning from injury and the Golden Knights will need to shut him down if they want a chance at winning the Stanley Cup.
Carlson is one of the most dynamic offensive defensemen in the entire NHL and he is putting on a show this postseason. Carlson has recorded three goals and 13 assists for a total of 16 points in 19 playoff games and is leading all defensemen in scoring this playoffs. Carlson plays an important role on the power play, where he has plenty of options to create scoring chances.
All in all, the Capitals are a crazy dynamic offensive team with three scoring lines that can light up the scoresheet and a formidable core of defensemen. The Golden Knights will be facing their biggest challenge of the season so far as the Capitals will come in hungry looking for their first career Stanley Cup, and Vegas must take control of the first two games at home and start this series out strong.