The Washington Capitals are in the Stanley Cup Final. You might care a lot, because Baltimore doesn’t have a hockey team and you like hockey, or you might not care at all, because Baltimore doesn’t have a hockey team and the Capitals play in Washington and some things in life are just sacrosanct.
Whether you’re a long-suffering Capitals diehard, a newcomer to the bandwagon or someone just looking to avoid a local bar packed with fans chanting “C-A-P-S” as they take on the Vegas Golden Knights, here’s what you need to know about Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Game 1: Monday at Vegas, 8 p.m.
Game 2: Wednesday at Vegas, 8 p.m.
Game 3: Saturday at Washington, 8 p.m.
Game 4: June 4 at Washington, 8 p.m.
Game 5: June 7 at Vegas, 8 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 6: June 10 at Washington, 8 p.m. (if necessary)
Game 7: June 13 at Vegas, 8 p.m. (if necessary)
All but Game 2 and Game 3 (NBC Sports Network) will be broadcast on NBC (Chs. 11, 4) and streamed on NBC Sports Live. Play-by-play announcer Mike Emrick and analysts Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire will be on the call.
Vegas is the favorite in Game 1 (-145) and the series (-135). Before the season, the Golden Knights were long shots to win the Stanley Cup in their inaugural year, at one point receiving 500-1 odds.
Playoff team leaders
Goals: Alex Ovechkin (12) and Jonathan Marchessault (eight)
Assists: Evgeny Kuznetsov (13) and Reilly Smith (14)
Goalie stats: Braden Holtby (2.04 goals-against average, .924 save percentage) and Marc-Andre Fleury (1.68 goals-against average, .947 save percentage)
Where to watch
Canton: Hudson Street Stackhouse (2626 Hudson Street)
Locust Point: Wiley Gunter's (823 E. Fort Ave.)
Fells Point: Sláinte Irish Pub and Restaurant (1700 Thames Street)
North Baltimore: Swallow At the Hollow (5921 York Road)
South Baltimore: Hair of the Dog (1649 S. Hanover Street)