The Golden Knights and Capitals just concluded one of the most memorable seasons in NHL history.
Can Vegas complete what it started next year or would the young franchise come crashing back to earth?
Who are the early favorites to the Hart Trophy, Vezina Trophy, Norris Trophy, and all the important 2019 NHL awards?
The 2018 Stanley Cup is at the novels along with the Washington Capitals have, for the first time in franchise history, etched their name on the storied trophy, putting a catastrophic end to the storybook streak of this growth Vegas Golden Knights.
As we look to 2019, the central question on everybody’s mind is whether Vegas was a fluke or if they will be contenders for years to come.
Partial responses lie under, as our NHL number crunchers tabulate the early chances for its 2018-19 NHL season, such as Stanley Cup futures, player-award odds, and more.The Stanley Cup playoffs are a crapshoot. Dominant regular-season teams often find themselves bounced by Wild Cards that barely squeaked in. Case in point: only 1 team has captured both the Presidents’ Trophy (most points in the regular season) and the cup in the previous decade (2012-13 Blackhawks), and it has only happened eight times in the 32-year history of the Presidents’ Trophy.
[O]nly 1 team… has captured the Presidents’ Trophy (most points in the regular season) and the cup in the previous ten years.
Case in point #2: the Capitals were undoubtedly the best team in the regular season in both 2015-16 and 2016-17, but it was not until this season — when they finished with the sixth-best record from the NHL and the tenth-best goal gap — which they eventually attained the ultimate prize.
Nevertheless, there’s definitely a top tier of eight teams when it comes to this 2019 Stanley Cup, which finishes with Vegas in the listing above. By our calculations, there is a 55 percent chance that a group with that octet wins the cup.
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