The 2018 Stanley Cup Final between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Washington Capitals begins on Monday, May 28th. Here are some notes, the schedule and my predictions for the Final.
Notes & Stats:
- The Capitals are in the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in their history. They previously made it in 1998, when they were swept in four games by the Detroit Red Wings. The Golden Knights are in the Cup Final in their inaugural season.
- Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is going for a personal three-peat after winning the Stanley Cup the previous two seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins. No player has won the Cup in three consecutive seasons since 1983, when the New York Islanders had 19 of them.
- Fleury is the only player on the Golden Knights who has won the Stanley Cup. Similarly, defenceman Brooks Orpik is the only player on the Capitals who has won it. They won it together with the Penguins in 2009.
- En route to the Stanley Cup Final, the Capitals have won eight out of their ten road games, outscoring opponents 36-20 in those contests.
- Since the NHL went to best-of-7 format in 1987, only five teams have advanced to the Stanley Cup Final despite trailing at some point in every series they’ve played: Pittsburgh Penguins (1991), Los Angeles Kings (1993), New Jersey Devils (2012), Kings (2014) and the Capitals (2018). The Penguins and the Kings (2014) went on to win the Cup.
- If the Capitals win the Stanley Cup, Alexander Ovechkin would become the first Russian player to captain a Stanley Cup champion. Only two European-born and trained players have done so: Nicklas Lidstrom (Sweden) and Zdeno Chara (Slovakia).
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— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 25, 2018