So maybe calling Winnipeg’s Game 7 victory over Nashville a Cinderella story might be a bit of a stretch, but who in the world thought that we would see the Jets and expansion team Golden Knights in the Western Conference Finals?
Golden Knights goalie Marc-André Fleury
Washington Capital goalie Braden Holtby
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we have reached the semifinals stage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs!
Our NHL Analyst Greg Stocklan insists that anyone of the remaining four teams has an even chance of taking home Lord Stanley’s cup. Greg insists that Marc-André Fleury of the Knights is, hands down, the best goaltender of the playoffs and not to be surprised if Vegas becomes the new home for the Cup.
Don’t expect any blowouts in the remaining games, but do anticipate anywhere from 40 to 60 shots on goal per game. This is the stage where teams better hope their goalie is having a good day before they lace up their skates.
In spite of their great record and playoff performance thus far, Winnipeg is the sleeper of this year’s tournament. And while they may have stunned all with their prowess, our expert analyst sees the Golden Knights as victors of this series and a history-making appearance in the Finals of this truly exceptional expansion team.
Stanley Cup Finals Prediction:
Vegas Golden Knights
Alex Ovechkin has finally rid himself of the dark cloud cast by the Pittsburgh Penguins, who have scuppered his efforts to raise the Cup on far too many occasions. But the Eastern Conference Finals will be no walk in the park, with an explosive Tampa Bay Lightning team standing in their path. In Greg’s view, this could be Ovechkin’s one shot at glory, so he best not let it slip past him. He better hope that his goaltender, Braden Holtby, is ready for the barrage of shots that the Lightning are capable of firing at him. While Tampa may be the better team in this series, the Capitals are the ones advancing to the Finals!
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