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2014 Stanley Cup Final predictions

Tuesday, 06.03.2014 / 11:12 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final


The puck drops on the 2014 Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday, June 4 (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS). Before the best-of-7 series begins, members of NHL.com and NHL Network made predictions for the Stanley Cup champion, the number of games the series will take and who will be named Conn Smythe winner as MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


Kings swarm, suffocate without the puck

Tuesday, 06.03.2014 / 11:11 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings have allowed the fewest goals in the NHL since the start of the 2011-12 season because of a roster filled with defensively-sound players that successfully execute coach Darryl Sutter's system.

And they do it by trying not to play defense.

The Kings prevent goals by not letting teams have the puck in the offensive zone. Other defense-oriented teams try to do the same, but typically take a more passive approach.

Los Angeles doesn't just want opposing teams to give up the puck. The Kings want to take it off them.


Excerpt of Chapter 11 of 'The Wait is Over: The New York Rangers and the 1994 Stanley Cup'

Tuesday, 06.03.2014 / 11:02 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

John Kreiser - NHL.com Managing Editor

The New York Rangers are in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, four wins against the Los Angeles Kings short of claiming its first championship since 1994, a moment which remains one of the proudest in the history of the Original Six franchise.

While waiting to see what the future holds for the Rangers, here is a look back at the 1994 Stanley Cup Final, a seven-game victory against the Vancouver Canucks, as detailed in "The Wait is Over: The New York Rangers and the 1994 Stanley Cup," by NHL.com Managing Editor John Kreiser. This excerpt, from Chapter 11: Scaling Mount Vancouver, deals with the first two games of the final series.

To say the atmosphere at Madison Square Garden on the night of May 31, 1994, was festive was putting it mildly. For the first time since April 2, 1940, the Stanley Cup Final was opening in New York. Not coincidentally, that was the last time the Rangers had come home with the most famous trophy in sports.

Though the Vancouver Canucks had had a couple of extra days of rest entering Game 1, it was the Rangers who carried the play as the Garden rocked.


Rangers have no captain but plenty of leaders

Tuesday, 06.03.2014 / 10:45 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LOS ANGELES -- It was one of the strangest days the New York Rangers' players can recall. It was also a day that put them at a crossroads, facing life without their captain in their battle to get into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"Bizarre day," is how center Brad Richards described March 5, NHL Trade Deadline Day.

The Rangers were home to play the Toronto Maple Leafs that night. They went through their morning skate at Madison Square Garden. Ryan Callahan, at this point still the Rangers' captain and only the subject of trade rumors, was on the ice with them.

He went through the skate as usual, but once he left he was nowhere to be found. Then, with some players still milling around in the dressing room, the news broke that Callahan had been traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning and that Martin St. Louis was the return prize.


After two trades, Gaborik makes impact with Kings

Tuesday, 06.03.2014 / 10:01 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- The stories written when Marian Gaborik was traded from the New York Rangers to the Columbus Blue Jackets suggested it wasn't necessarily a surprise move. Gaborik was coming off a 41-goal season but was fighting inconsistency, so much so that Rangers coach John Tortorella sometimes demoted or benched him.

Gaborik saw it differently, though, when asked Tuesday about the first of two times he was moved at the NHL Trade Deadline.

"The first one was just kind of out nowhere, coming from New York to Columbus," Gaborik said.

Gaborik was traded, along with prospects, to Columbus in April 2013 for right wing Derek Dorsett, center Derick Brassard, defenseman John Moore and a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. Tortorella told reporters he thought Gaborik would get back on track with the Blue Jackets. After another trade-deadline deal brought him to the Los Angeles Kings in March, Gaborik has become a major reason the Kings are facing the Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final, which starts Wednesday at Staples Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).


Oilers' Ference to march in Edmonton Pride parade

Tuesday, 06.03.2014 / 9:51 PM / Hockey is for Everyone


Edmonton Oilers captain Andrew Ference announced Tuesday he will march in the Edmonton Pride parade as a representative of the You Can Play team, along with the University of Alberta's Camp fYrefly youth leadership program.

The parade will take place Saturday.

The partnership for the parade was reached as a result of YCP's recent partnership with the University of Alberta's Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS), and is an extension of YCP's partnership with the NHL.


History points to Kings having edge vs. Rangers

Tuesday, 06.03.2014 / 8:25 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The Los Angeles Kings defied history when they won the Stanley Cup two years ago. This time they'll have history on their side.

The Kings finished the 2013-14 regular season with 100 points, four more than the New York Rangers, meaning the Stanley Cup Final will begin in Los Angeles rather than the Big Apple on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS), with Game 2 at Staples Center three days later.

This is the 75th time the Stanley Cup Final has been a best-of-7 series. In the 72 previous series when one team entered with more points than the other (in the other two the finalists had equal point totals), the one with more points won 56 times. The Kings, who entered the 2012 Final with seven fewer points than the New Jersey Devils (102-95), are the most recent of the 16 teams with fewer points to win the Cup.

It's the first time in the Kings' three trips to the Final that they've had more points than their opponent. The 1993 Kings had 88 points, 14 fewer than the Montreal Canadiens, who won the series in five games.


Blackhawks' next goal: extensions for Toews, Kane

Tuesday, 06.03.2014 / 8:03 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Entering this season, the Chicago Blackhawks had accomplished their "One Goal" organizational credo by winning the Stanley Cup twice in four years.

They fell one goal short of playing for it again this season, losing in overtime of Game 7 of the Western Conference Final on a goal by Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez. That abruptly ended the reign of the defending Stanley Cup champions with a 5-4 loss.

Less than two days later, the Blackhawks reassembled at United Center to sum it all up by looking back at what happened and forward to next season.

"We lost in the conference finals to the Red Wings five or six years ago and that was treated more as a celebration," left wing Patrick Sharp said Tuesday. "It felt good to get that far. This year it feels pretty disappointing. I feel like we all felt we should still be playing. It's a disappointing time."


Hinote not returning to Blue Jackets staff

Tuesday, 06.03.2014 / 7:42 PM / News


Dan Hinote will not return to the Columbus Blue Jackets coaching staff next season, the team announced Tuesday.

Hinote, who joined the Blue Jackets as an assistant coach prior to the 2010-11 season, has decided to leave for personal reasons. Columbus went 43-32-7 this season and qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where it lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference First Round.


Ramsay: Listen, Rangers, don't change a thing

Tuesday, 06.03.2014 / 7:35 PM / Kings vs Rangers - 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

For additional insight into the Stanley Cup Final between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers, NHL.com has enlisted the help of former NHL coach Craig Ramsay to break down the action. Ramsay will be checking in throughout the series.

Ramsay played in more than 1,000 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres before going on to coach the Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers and Atlanta Thrashers. In the 2000 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he led the Flyers to the seventh game of the Eastern Conference Final. Ramsay most recently was an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers.

Craig Ramsay's one piece of advice to the New York Rangers on the eve of the Stanley Cup Final is as simple as it can be effective: Don't change anything.

Ramsay knows everyone is calling the Rangers the underdog to the Los Angeles Kings with Game 1 on Wednesday at Staples Center (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS). He understands why: The Kings won the Stanley Cup two years ago and are coming off a seven-game win against the defending Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final.

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