2018-19 NHL Odds Predict Vegas Will Regress, Ovechkin Will Impress
The Golden Knights and Capitals just concluded one of the most memorable seasons in NHL history.
Can Vegas finish what it started next year or will the young franchise come crashing back to earth?
Who will be the early favorites to the Hart Trophy, Vezina Trophy, Norris Trophy, and all of the important 2019 NHL awards?
The 2018 Stanley Cup is in the books and 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 the growth Vegas Golden Knights.
As we look 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 chances for the 2018-19 NHL season, such as Stanley Cup futures, player-award chances, 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 one team has captured the Presidents’ Trophy (most points in the regular season) and the cup in the last decade (2012-13 Blackhawks), and it’s only happened eight times from the 32-year history of the Presidents’ Trophy.
[O]nly 1 group… has captured both the Presidents’ Trophy (most points in the regular season) and the cup in the previous decade.
Case in point #2: the Capitals were undoubtedly the best team in the regular season in the 2015-16 and 2016-17, but it wasn’t until this year — when they finished with the sixth-best record from the NHL and the tenth-best goal gap — which they eventually attained the supreme prize.
That said, there is unquestionably a top tier of eight teams when it concerns the 2019 Stanley Cup, which finishes with Vegas from the listing above. By our calculations, there is a 55% likelihood that a group with that octet wins the cup.
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