The NHL Stanley Cup playoffs are finally here. After a surprising first season for the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Here are 5 reasons the Vegas Golden Knights will win the Stanley Cup .
The Vegas Golden Knights have gone about breaking nearly every record for an NHL expansion franchise in their first year, including in wins (broken once they hit 34) and points (broken once they hit 84). They also won the Pacific Division with 109 points, eight more than the next-place Anaheim Ducks.
So it just makes sense they would go ahead and win the Stanley Cup to boot, right?
Here are five reasons that the Golden Knights can do what once would have seemed impossible and win the Stanley Cup this postseason.
5. Exceeding expectations
The Golden Knights have already exceeded expectations. A 51-22-7 record makes them the division winners, despite strong opposition from the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings. They have found ways to win and have shown good team chemistry. When a team has chemistry like that, it can take them far. It’s hard to expect a team in its first year to not only go to the playoffs but to win a division.
Vegas has held its own in the league. Everyone expected some growing pains for the Golden Knights. But thanks to the expansion draft, the team has found some hidden gems who make up a core that has taken them far.
Sometimes, those expectations can fuel a team, which seems to be the case with Las Vegas. For a team to win a division in its first season is a big deal. Maybe the lack of history has played a part. They can make their own mark and play their own game. Their identity is that of an already established team.
The Golden Knights have not had to live up to anything, because they don’t have a history. They play like they have nothing to lose. If we go back to preseason predictions, no one had them making the playoffs this year. Most had them finishing toward the bottom of the league.