Washington Capitals @ Vegas Golden Knights
8:00 EDT/5:00 PDT
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
TV: CBC, SN
We could witness not just the crowning of a first time Stanley Cup Champion tonight, but one that many said would never happen. And we could also see the hockey media sent into a frenzy should they not be able to close the deal, casting doubt upon a team that has utterly dominated this series, that they might lose the next 3 games to a team that by all rights should never have made it this far. Either way, it’s made for one of the most compelling finals in recent memory.
It’s pretty impressive that the Caps went from a team that was considered to have a lame-duck coach heading into the post-season are now one win away from lifting the mug, and they’re going to need to do it in a place where few have had success to date. They are however, one of the teams to walk out of the T-Mobile Arena with a victory, after their 3-2 Game 2 win. And just so you know what they’re up against, the Vegas Golden Knights would become just the 2nd team in NHL history to come back from 3-1 to win the Cup.
The Golden Knights are also shuffling their lineup in the hopes that they can find a way to break through the smothering defence of the Caps. From nhl.com, here’s the projected lineups:
Capitals projected lineup
Alex Ovechkin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie
Andre Burakovsky -- Lars Eller -- Brett Connolly
Chandler Stephenson -- Jay Beagle -- Devante Smith-Pelly
Dmitry Orlov -- Matt Niskanen
Michal Kempny -- John Carlson
Brooks Orpik -- Christian Djoos
Scratched: Madison Bowey, Travis Boyd, Alex Chiasson, Pheonix Copley, Shane Gersich, Jakub Jerabek, Nathan Walker
Golden Knights projected lineup
Jonathan Marchessault -- William Karlsson -- Reilly Smith
James Neal -- Erik Haula -- Alex Tuch
Tomas Tatar -- Cody Eakin -- David Perron
Tomas Nosek -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- William Carrier
Brayden McNabb -- Nate Schmidt
Shea Theodore -- Deryk Engelland
Luca Sbisa -- Colin Miller
Scratched: Ryan Carpenter, Ryan Reaves, Brad Hunt, Oscar Lindberg, Jon Merrill
Injured: Malcolm Subban (undisclosed)
Two big, notable scratches there in Carpenter and Reaves. Given the amount of attention given to Reaves, it’s a bit surprising that they’ve pulled him in place of William Carrier.
So, enjoy the game tonight. And should they win, make sure and swing by Japers’ Rink and congratulate them. We’ve always had a good relationship with them, and I would be thrilled for those kids to get this.