2018 Stanley Cup Final Preview

Justin Ballou, Reporter

The 2018 Stanley Cup Final will feature the Eastern Conference Champion, the Washington Capitals, and the Western Conference Champion, the Vegas Golden Knights. The puck drops to commence the series on Monday, May 28 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

No matter which of these two teams win, history will be made.

The Capitals are lead by their left wing superstar, Alexander Ovechkin. Many consider him to be one of the best players (if not the best) in the league currently, but in the past Washington has been unable to advance to the Conference Finals. However this year is different as the Capitals continue to win. Washington has not won a major four sports championship since 1992. Expect the crowd at the Capital One Arena to be on the edge of their seats during games 3, 4 and 6, as the Capitals look to break their city’s championship drought.

The Golden Knights are only the second NHL expansion franchise to reach the Stanley Cup Final, joining the 1968 St. Louis Blues. All season long, the Knights have been led by their stellar goaltender, Marc-Andre Fleury, and this will have to continue going into the final series. The Knights continue to do the unthinkable; they held an expansion draft in June where they drafted players from other teams that they decided not to lock up. In other words, many franchises didn’t view the players on Vegas’ roster as valuable as other assets, and now Vegas has put together a team of players who hadn’t played together much. We are seeing the statement  ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ come to life with the 2018 Las Vegas Golden Knights.

My final prediction is the Golden Knights in seven.

The Knights have been incredible all postseason, especially at home. Vegas is 6-1 at the T-Mobile Arena entering the Stanley Cup Final and have a home-ice advantage as well. If the series goes the distance, as I expect it will, the Knights will hoist the cup in front of their 17,500 fans.