The Stanley Cup Finals are here as the Washington Capitals take on the Vegas Golden Knights.
The Capitals’ road to the Finals went through their nemesis, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and then they came back to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games. The first-line tandem of Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov have accounted for 23 goals and 23 assists. Washington is making its first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals since 1998 and actually looking for its first win in a Stanley Cup Finals game in team history.
The Golden Knights are looking for their first win in a Stanley Cup Finals game as well, but under different circumstances. This is the first season for the Golden Knights and they have been dominant in the playoffs. Goalie Marc Andre-Fleury has a .947 save percentage and 1.68 goals-against average. On offense, Jonathan Marchessault leads the way with 18 points.
So who will take home the Stanley Cup? Our picks below:
Jon Ackerman: Golden Knights in 5 — The Golden Knights have made so much history this season, it’d be shame to stop short of winning it all.
Justin Adams: Capitals in 6 — In a series that’s defined by goaltending, give me Washington’s Braden Holtby, who hasn’t given up a goal since Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Holtby will finally get the best of Golden Knights’ Marc-Andre Fleury.
Jason Romano: Capitals in 6 — Alex Ovechkin finally gets to be called “champion.”
Aaron Sauer: Golden Knights in 7 — The Capitals have too many star players and each player will try to do too much and be the hero. Vegas on the other hand plays more together as a team. The Golden Knights have adjusted to every style of play during the playoffs and will do so against the size and speed of the Capitals. Vegas wins this series in 7, beating Washington 4-0 in the final game.
Full Stanley Cup Finals Schedule: (All times in Eastern Standard Time)
Game 1: May 28 at Vegas, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Game 2: May 30 at Vegas, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Game 3: June 2 at Washington, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Game 4: June 4 at Washington, 8 p.m. (NBC)
*Game 5: June 7 at Vegas, 8 p.m. (NBC)
*Game 6: June 10 at Washington, 8 p.m. (NBC)
*Game 7: June 13 at Vegas, 8 p.m. (NBC)
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