The 2018 Stanley Cup Final will be decided between a first-year squad of castoffs and an Eastern Conference mainstay. Will the expansion Vegas Golden Knights hit the jackpot in their inaugural season? Or will the Washington Capitals win their first Stanley Cup after losing the finals in 1998?
Capitals Vs Knights Stanley Cup Playoff Odds
Washington +125 vs Vegas +145
Best of 7 Series
Washington +120 vs Vegas +140
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Washington will make its first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 1998, making it the first during Alex Ovechkin’s 13-year tenure in DC and Nicklas Backstrom’s 11-year career.
To punch their Stanley Cup Final ticket to face the Golden Knights, the Capitals beat the top-seeded Lightning three times on the road, improving to 8-2 away from home this post-season. Now they are +140 long shots to win the Cup.
“I still can’t believe it,” said Backstrom. “We worked so hard for this to be able to be in the finals and all it took was 11 years, but now we’re there.”
The Vegas Golden Knights played their first game less than a year ago, opening the season as 500-1 long shots to win the Stanley Cup. Today they are the +120 favorite to hoist Lord Stanley’s chalice. The Vegas squad beat the Jets, Sharks and Kings to reach the Cup final.
“We have lots of defensemen lined up, we have lots of centers, and we have scoring on the wings, a little more scoring than we anticipated. And the goaltending looks solid,” GM George McPhee said of his team early in the season. “It’s what we’re trying to accomplish: To have a competitive club that people are going to enjoy watching play and then have the draft picks to draft our way to being a championship team.”
Who will survive to raise the greatest trophy in pro sports at the end of it all?