Canada’s Stanley Cup drought continues, while a first-year team from the desert is favoured to win the title.
Let’s be honest, hockey is Canada’s game. It’s as important as maple syrup, poutine and a Barenaked Ladies reunion.
But a Canadian team hasn’t won the Stanley Cup since 1993 when the Montreal Canadians beat Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings.
A Canadian team hasn’t been in the Stanley Cup finals since the Vancouver Canucks in 2011.
And now an upstart team from – of all places – Las Vegas is going to the finals in its first year of existence. It’s the kind of stuff that has hardcore hockey fans crying into their Molson Ales.
ON THIS DATE IN GOLDEN KNIGHTS HISTORY
Actually, not much happened. We didn't have a team yet. Probably just had some meetings
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) May 19, 2018
Whether or not you think the expansion draft was tilted to favour the Golden Knights (it was, slightly) it’s still a remarkable feat that the team has pulled off.
Led by ex-Penguins’ goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, the Knights have ripped through the Western Conference and have become one of the the biggest shows on the Strip, right up there with Celine Dion…who happily took to the stage in a Golden Knights’ jersey.
We're everything we are
because Celine loves usssss pic.twitter.com/yWFg13Kxzw
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) May 23, 2018
Now they’re matched up against the Washington Capitals, who finally shook off their Game 7 demons and beat Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference decider.
Despite possessing arguably the world’s best player in Alex Ovechkin, the Caps lost to the Golden Knights the two times they met in the regular season.
Another remarkable part of the story is Aussie Nathan Walker, originally from Sydney, who is on the Caps’ roster. He may or may not suit up during the finals.
Currently Vegas is paying $1.76 to win the Stanley Cup, while Washington is $2.10.
Sportsbet Stanley Cup Punter Facts:
*Vegas opened at $126 to win the Stanley Cup last June but no one bet them at that price.
*In October, 15 punters got on them at $106, with $100 the biggest bet at that price.
*By mid-November they were paying $50 and plenty of punters got on at that price.
*Two punters got on them at $67 to make the Stanley Cup.
*10+ punters got on them to win the division at $30.