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Posted On Friday, 05.29.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Two Game 7s are better than one

Each Friday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs Kevin Weekes will be bringing you his Friday Four. He will be blogging about four players, teams, series, plays, trends or really four of whatever from the playoffs that have caught his eye.

Two Game 7s to determine the Stanley Cup Final matchup. Are you kidding me, hockey gods? Are you kidding me? This is amazing. This is so amazing.

Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final, at Madison Square Garden, must-watch TV on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Chicago Blackhawks at Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Final, at Honda Center, must-watch TV on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

The winners line up against each other for the right to lift the big trophy.

Like I said, amazing.

Here is a take on each of the four teams as we head into Game 7 heaven:


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Posted On Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Ducks, Blackhawks

Each Wednesday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the game that intrigues him most that night. Weekes will also be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

The Western Conference Final between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks has been amazing so far with tons of skill, tons of speed, and a lot of strength.

It's funny, as I watch the Ducks play, and I know their fans won't like this, but in many ways they remind me of the Los Angeles Kings. They also have shades of the Boston Bruins from a few years ago, but they are playing like the Kings.

This is big-man hockey the Ducks are playing. It's a big reason why they're up 3-2 in the best-of-7 series.

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Posted On Friday, 05.22.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Friday Four: New hires bring credibility to their teams

Each Friday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs Kevin Weekes will be bringing you his Friday Four. He will be blogging about four players, teams, series, plays, trends or really four of whatever from the playoffs that have caught his eye.

Everybody was waiting for the coaching carousel to start turning and everybody was waiting on Mike Babcock, but interestingly enough, a few hires were made before the Babcock hire became official.

It started with Dave Hakstol to the Philadelphia Flyers, went to Todd McLellan to the Edmonton Oilers, and then to Babcock turning the hockey world upside down with his decision to go to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Here's my take on all three of them, plus a bit on a wide open Eastern Conference Final:

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Posted On Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Rangers, Lightning

Each Wednesday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the game that intrigues him most that night. Weekes will also be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

What more can we say about Tyler Johnson that hasn't been said? Probably not a lot. A lot has been said, and it's all good, and it's all deserved.

He's a star for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Simple as that. Enough said. He's a star. He proved it in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final with his hat trick in a 6-2 win against the New York Rangers that evened the best-of-7 series at 1-1.

Johnson scored shorthanded on a great play. He scored on a 4-on-3 power play. He scored on even strength. He did it all. He does it all.

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Posted On Friday, 05.15.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Friday Four: Canadiens have work to do

Each Friday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs Kevin Weekes will be bringing you his Friday Four. He will be blogging about four players, teams, series, plays, trends or really four of whatever from the playoffs that have caught his eye.

Two that are out, two that are moving on, good, bad, honesty, depth and history -- it's all in this week's blog.

Here we go…


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Posted On Wednesday, 05.13.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Capitals, Rangers

Each Wednesday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the game that intrigues him most that night. Weekes will also be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

Game 7. Nothing like it. Nothing more really needs to be said, but I'll say it anyway.

The New York Rangers earned this Game 7 on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) by winning Games 5 and 6 against the Washington Capitals.

The Rangers have won five consecutive Game 7s and they're trying to do something no team in NHL history has ever done, which is come back from 3-1 deficits to win a best-of-7 series two years in a row.

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Posted On Friday, 05.08.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Friday Four: Teams must stick to their identities

Each Friday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kevin Weekes will be bringing you his Friday Four. He will be blogging about four players, teams, series, plays, trends or really four of whatever from the playoffs that have caught his eye.

This week's Friday Four blog is all about team identities and sticking to them in the playoffs, no matter what.

Here we go …


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Posted On Wednesday, 05.06.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Lightning, Canadiens

Each Wednesday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the game that intrigues him most that night. Weekes also will be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

As well as the Tampa Bay Lightning have been playing, they had another gear to find. They may have found it in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens.

That last game was more indicative of who the Lightning are and how they can play, but it's important to remember they're an inexperienced team. A lot of their players are cutting their teeth and still young at the NHL level, and certainly still young in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. And while a lot of them have had success with coach Jon Cooper at the American Hockey League level, which is helpful, the playoffs are a different animal.

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Posted On Friday, 05.01.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Friday Four: Wild must believe to defeat Blackhawks

Each Friday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kevin Weekes will be bringing you his Friday Four. He will be blogging about four players, teams, series, plays, trends or really four of whatever from the playoffs that have caught his eye.

Belief, accountability and giving credit where it's due are the themes of this week's Friday Four blog.

Here we go …

1. Wild need to believe they can win

Will the third time be the charm for the Minnesota Wild?

I really believe the Wild have taken a lot of strides to get closer to being one of the elite teams in the NHL. They're better than they've ever been. They're deeper and harder to play against, especially with Chris Stewart going there. Their defense is underrated and playing well. Devan Dubnyk has been great in goal. They're a more skilled team than they've ever been, and they feel good in their skill game.


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Posted On Wednesday, 04.29.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Red Wings, Lightning

Each Wednesday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the game that intrigues him most that night. Weekes will also be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

Detroit Red Wings. Tampa Bay Lightning. Amalie Arena. Game 7. Game on.

The first-round capper should be a dandy in Tampa when the Red Wings take on the Lightning on Wednesday (7:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports 2, FS-D, SUN).

No need to dawdle now. Here is my breakdown:

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