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Caps expected to name Oates new head coach

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Caps expected to name Oates new head coach

The Capitals are expected to schedule a news conference later this afternoon announcing the hiring of Adam Oates as their next head coach, CSNWashington.com has learned.

Oates, 49, spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils and the previous season as an assistant coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Oates is considered a strong communicator and was very well-liked and respectedby the Devils players. He has served as an NHL assistant to four head coaches Rick Tocchet in Tampa Bay and John McLean, Jacques Lemaire and Peter DeBoerin New Jersey.
Oates retired as an active player on April 3,2004 after compiling 341 goals and 1,079 assists for 1,420 points and 415penalty minutes in 1,337 career games with Detroit,St. Louis, Boston,Washington, Philadelphia,Anaheim and Edmonton.He played in five NHL All-Star Gamesduring his 19-season career and was named to the leagues Second All-Star Teamin 1991. He reached the 100-point mark on four occasions including a career-high142 in 1992-93.Oates ranks sixth all-time in assists, leading the NHL in 1992-93(97), 2000-01 (69, tie) and 2001-02 (64). In 163 career playoff games,including two Stanley Cup Final appearances in 1998 with the Capitals and 2003with the Ducks, recording 42 goals and 114 assists for 156 points and 66penalty minutes.He played parts of six seasons with the Capitals from 1997-02,compiling 73 goals and 290 assists for 363 points in 387 games.
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Believe it or not, this isn't the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup

Believe it or not, this isn't the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup

In what is perhaps the most unexpected Stanley Cup Final pairing in recent memory, the Washington Capitals and the Las Vegas Golden Knights are going to make history this year.

Either it is going to be the first expansion team to win a title in their first season, or it will be a team looking to end a 27-year title drought for one of the biggest cities in the United States.

But what it will not be is the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup.

Going even farther back than the Capitals last Stanley Cup appearance (1998), the Georgetown Hoyas and UNLV Rebels met in the 1991 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Sin City took the first, and up until now, the only postseason bout between these two cities. The Larry Johnson-led University of Las Vegas squad powered right past the Hoyas in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.

[D.C. sports and Second Rounds, I know right?]

Coming fresh off the NCAA title in 1990, UNLV waltzed right to the Final Four before meeting their demise against Duke. It also ended up being the last game for Dikembe Mutombo in a Georgetown uniform.

While in all likely-hood this will not be the final game/ series for Alex Ovechkin rocking the red, it may be his last and only chance for him to play this far into a postseason.

In the past two seasons, Vegas has gone from zero professional teams to having a Stanley Cup contender, a WNBA franchise, and lined up to take over the Oakland Raiders in 2020. 

Now time for the Golden Knights' Cinderella story to come up a little bit short. 

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Capitals listed as underdogs in their first Stanley Cup since 1998

Capitals listed as underdogs in their first Stanley Cup since 1998

The odds have never gone the way of the Washington Capitals.

After years of being the common pick to finally break through and win the Stanley Cup, this was most definitely not the year.

Yet, here we are with the Capitals as one of the final two teams standing.

For their upcoming Stanley Cup Final, the Caps are the underdogs against the Las Vegas Golden Knights.  The opening line from OddsShark has the Golden Knights as -135 money line favorites to win the Stanley Cup. The Capitals were listed as +115 underdogs.

Vegas (the betting entity, not the team) has not exactly been the most reliable this year though. After all, the Golden Knights were 100/1 odds to win the whole thing. Now they are four games away.

In their past two series, Washington was not the favorites. The Capitals have not been favorites since the First Round against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

For years in the Alex Ovechkin era, they have been the favorites to not only go on to play for the Stanley Cup but winning it.

In 2018 they started the season tied for the fifth best odds to win the Cup (14/1), one of their lowest opening marks in the past decade. For the full perspective, Washington was tied with the Toronto Maple Leafs and behind the Dallas Stars at the start of the season.

Without question this underdog role has fit them quite well, they shouldn’t want anything to change heading into the biggest postseason series in 20 years for Washington D.C.

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