The Golden Knights and Capitals just concluded one of the most memorable seasons in NHL history.
Can Vegas complete what it began next year or would the young franchise come crashing back to earth?
Who will be the early favorites for the Hart Trophy, Vezina Trophy, Norris Trophy, and all of the important 2019 NHL awards?
The 2018 Stanley Cup is in the novels along with the Washington Capitals have, for the first time in franchise history, etched their name onto the storied trophy, setting a devastating end to the storybook streak of this growth Vegas Golden Knights.
As we seem to 2019, the fundamental question on everyone’s mind is if Vegas was a fluke or whether they’ll be contenders for years to come.
Partial answers lie under, as our NHL number crunchers tabulate the first odds for its 2018-19 NHL season, including Stanley Cup futures, player-award odds, and more.The Stanley Cup playoffs are a crapshoot. Dominant regular-season teams frequently find themselves bounced by Wild Cards that barely squeaked in. Case in point: just one group 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 last ten years.
Case in point #2: the Capitals were by far 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 along with the tenth-best goal gap — which they eventually attained the ultimate prize.
That said, there’s unquestionably a top tier of eight teams when it concerns the 2019 Stanley Cup, which ends with Vegas in the list above. By our calculations, there’s a 55 percent likelihood that a group from that octet wins the cup.
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