Posted May 26, 2018 at 06:01 AM | Updated May 26, 2018 at 06:01 AM
By Chris Ryan | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
The Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights are the final two groups standing within the NHL. Now they will go head-to-head within the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final.
Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson and Braden Holtby helped the Capitals attain the Final for the primary time since 1998, and the staff will probably be enjoying for its first Stanley Cup in franchise historical past.
Meanwhile, the Golden Knights will probably be enjoying for his or her first Stanley Cup of their first season of existence. The growth franchise, behind the play of Marc-Andre Fleury, William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault and David Perron, will look to proceed its magical run and increase on its unprecedented success as a first-year franchise.
Before the 2 groups drop the puck in Game 1 on Monday, May 28, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, here is a preview for the collection, plus odds and a prediction for the winner of the Stanley Cup.
How the Capitals acquired right here
Despite having much less expertise on paper, the Washington Capitals managed to win their third straight Metropolitan Division title within the common season, gathering 105 factors. They met one other Metro staff, the Columbus Blue Jackets, within the first spherical of the playoffs. Despite dropping the primary two video games of the collection at dwelling, the Capitals rebounded by successful the subsequent 4 video games, together with three on the highway, to advance to the second spherical.
The Capitals met the Pittsburgh Penguins within the second spherical of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Since Alex Ovechkin and Penguins ahead Sidney Crosby entered the NHL, the Penguins gained all three postseason conferences between the groups. But this time, the Capitals acquired previous the Penguins in six video games, reaching the Eastern Conference Finals for the primary time since 1997-98.
Washington Capitals v Tampa Bay Lightning – Game Seven
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Going in opposition to the top-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning within the Eastern Conference Finals, the Capitals acquired off to an ideal begin by successful Games 1 and a pair of in Tampa. But the Lightning rattled off three straight wins, placing the Capitals on the point of elimination in Game 6 in Washington.
Goalie Braden Holtby then posted shutouts in Games 6 and seven, permitting the Capitals to rally from their Three-2 deficit to achieve the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in franchise historical past.
How the Golden Knights acquired right here
Less than one 12 months in the past, the Vegas gamers weren’t even Golden Knights but. Most gamers have been nonetheless with their former groups, awaiting the June 2017 growth draft that might fill out the roster.
No one gave the group of castoffs mixed to make a brand new NHL staff a lot of an opportunity of their inaugural season, however Vegas proved everybody flawed from the beginning. A 51-24-7 common season gave them 109 factors and the Pacific Division title, and the magic did not fade away within the postseason.
Winnipeg Jets v Vegas Golden Knights – Game Four
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Vegas swept the Los Angeles Kings within the first spherical, permitting simply three targets over the 4 video games behind two Marc-Andre Fleury shutouts. After beating one other divisional foe within the San Jose Sharks in six video games within the second spherical, Vegas confronted its hardest check within the Winnipeg Jets.
After the Jets gained Game 1 of the Western Conference Final, the Golden Knights gained the subsequent 4 video games, securing their first Stanley Cup Final journey of their first NHL season.