The school year is winding down, and this is my final Games of the Week column of the semester. So instead of doing a normal Games of the Week article, I thought I would make my predictions for both the Stanley Cup Finals and the NBA Finals, which will be upon us in just a few weeks. The playoffs are well underway now, and there are eight teams remaining in each of the tournaments. Yet there can only be one winner, so I will do my best to pick out who will make it to the finals and who will be the champions for each sport.
The Capitals had an eerily similar season this year as they did last year, finishing with 104 points compared to last year’s 105 and winning the Metropolitan Division again. Alex Ovechkin somehow improved on last year’s season by winning the Maurice Richard Trophy again, but this time with even more goals (51 to 49). The Capitals are in a great position to repeat, as they have the best scorer in the league, and three other guys with over 70 points this season: Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov and John Carlson.