Which NHL team will win the Stanley Cup?
The Washington Capitals will have the best record in the Western Conference next season, but it’s not the most likely result.
The NHL’s Eastern Conference teams will be the most successful, while the Western Division’s first-place finish in the standings will be at risk.
The Capitals, who had the best overall record in this year’s regular season, have a shot to finish with the best regular-season record in history.
The defending champion Penguins are tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning for first place in the Eastern Conference, but that could change depending on how they perform in the playoffs.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are in a strong position to win the Presidents’ Trophy, which is awarded annually to the best team in the league.
But the Stanley’s are a different story.
The Penguins are not considered the favorite for the Cup because they have not played in a playoff series since the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, when they lost in six games to the New York Rangers.
They are the best chance to win it, but they are also the team that should be the favorite to win.
“I think the Penguins are the only team that has a realistic chance at winning the Stanley,” said Craig Button, an NHL assistant general manager.
“I think it’s a matter of whether they have the same amount of experience, they have that same amount in the locker room, they can compete on the ice and they can put it all together.”
There are some players who have played in every game for the Penguins this season, including captain Sidney Crosby, who scored 30 goals.
But it’s the Penguins’ defense that could have a big impact on their success.
The defense is one of the most underappreciated parts of the Penguins defense.
The Penguins have not had a player with a better defensive zone start percentage than Pittsburgh’s top-ranked defensemen, defenseman Josh Yohe and center Brendan Gallagher.
The Pens have given up less than 3.50 goals per game in their last five games and have allowed a team-worst 4.06 goals per contest, but Yohe is one player who could be an important part of their success this season.
The 26-year-old Yohe played only four games with Pittsburgh this season because of a broken foot suffered against the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 26.
Yohe was injured while trying to block a shot on a breakaway by Henrik Zetterberg.
He missed two weeks.
The team is hopeful that Yohe can return to the lineup before the start of the regular season.
But if he’s unable to, it would be the Penguins third straight playoff defeat, which would be their third straight Stanley Cup final defeat.
Yohe played in 17 games in 2017-18 and posted seven points (four goals, four assists) in those contests.
He had one assist in a 5-2 loss to the Detroit Blue Jackets on Nov. 25.