The NHL coaches either hold the Caps in high regard or they are just trolling the fanbase. TSN polled 25 of the league's 30 head coaches and Washington is the clear frontrunner to win the Eastern Conference and hoist the Cup this season.
When asked who would win the Cup, Washington received 10 votes. Right behind them was the Pittsburgh Penguins at 8, Bruce Boudreau's Minnesota at 3 and Chicago at 2.
The Caps' margin for the conference is much wider as they received 15 votes to win the East, well ahead of Pittsburgh's 8.
Not surprisingly, Sideny Crosby (16 votes) and Connor McDavid (7 votes) are the clear runaway choices as the best players in the NHL, but the only other players to receive votes were Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom who each earned one vote apiece.
Braden Holtby also received two votes as the league's best goalie, tying him for third with Carey Price. Sergei Bobrovsky led the way with 14 votes followed by Devan Dubnyk with 7.
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