Golden Knights & Capitals In Improbable Stanley Cup Final

Kristopher Nichols
May 29, 2018

Technically it's possible for a modern expansion franchise to make the Stanley Cup Final faster than the Vegas Golden Knights. Except for them, it's year No. 44.

And of course, the worst of the bunch came from Columbus where the Blue Jackets gave McPhee a first round pick to stay away from certain players, and instead take William Karlsson who went on to finish third in the National Hockey League with 43 goals.

After living together as roommates at Bowling Green and MacLellan working as McPhee's right-hand man for 13 years building the Capitals, the close relationship cooled after McPhee was sacked in 2014 and MacLellan took over.

One team has known nothing but success in the playoffs; the other knowing only pain as of late.

Puck drop for Game 1 is set for 5 p.m. Here's a look at the schedule for the championship series. For the Stanley Cup Final, it will strictly be "las vegas". Many businesses are also proudly rallying behind the team.

CBS Sports writes that the Capitals have the edge on offense behind Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov, who have scored 12 and 11 goals this year, respectively.

Game 7: June 13 at Vegas.

Okay, so, seen in those terms, everything about the Golden Knights' inaugural season feels like it's playing out in fast-forward.

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See more reaction to the NHL's typo below.

#Game7. victor goes to the #StanleyCup Final. More than 6,000 fans swarmed the team's practice in Arlington, Virginia Saturday before the Capitals departed for Nevada.

And although it seems like an understandable typo, fans were not so forgiving. "To the families and friends of the victims, know we will do everything we can to help you and our city heal. Maybe he's inspired by how well his teammates are playing". Against the Winnipeg Jets in the Western Conference finals, the games opened with a knight slicing through a CGI jet flying across the ice. And while that would suggest the average margin of victory is only a hair more than one goal, most of the Game 1s in the best-of-seven era have ended in regulation. From William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault to Deryk Engelland and Shea Theodore, switching teams meant switching identities. He's done only a little scoring himself, but right winger Reilly Smith has been an integral part of the attack, racking up 14 assists in 15 postseason games.

For the announcement of the starting lineups, the Vegas Golden Knights brought boxing announcer Michael Buffer out. Vegas has defied all the odds - literally, all of them - thanks to its supreme balance and supreme outings from Marc-Andre Fleury.

Chris Maathuis attended the Golden Knights' Media Day on Sunday, where he spoke with the players about how they're gearing up for the first game.

McPhee was GM when the Capitals last made the Cup Final in 1998 but had just taken over the previous summer. Coming back and beating Columbus, then beating the Penguins who they haven't beat in a long time and beating one of the best in the league with Tampa.

The Golden Knights enter the series as the favorites, according to betting site OddsShark.

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