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NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Western Conference Finals Game 7, Tonight's TV Schedule and More
June 1, 2014
The Western Conference Finals will be getting wrapped up in Chicago tonight with a winner-take-all Game 7 between the Blackhawks and the Kings. While we’re waiting on that one, let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the noteworthy players out there right now.
What to Watch Tonight: The big one is on its way; Game 7, the ultimate battle in what’s been an epic series between the Blackhawks and Kings so far, will take place tonight at the United Center in Chicago. The teams are coming off a crazy Game 6 on Friday, highlighted by the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane and his two-goal, one-assist performance that kept the defending champs alive and forced a Game 7 back on their home turf.
The Kings, meanwhile, blew their best chance at closing out the series when they let Friday’s home game slip away, and are now in danger of coughing up a seemingly insurmountable 3-1 lead in these Western Conference Finals. The Kings are now just the third team in league history to play all 21 potential games in the first three rounds of the playoffs. The first two teams to do it didn’t make it to the Stanley Cup Finals, so L.A. would make some history with a road victory.
Judging by what’s transpired in this series so far, we can expect another knock-down, drag-out, offensive onslaught from these two teams, lest we forget they’re our past two Stanley Cup champions.
Kane will be key once again for the Blackhawks; They’ll need him to step up and help close out the series. On the other side, defenseman Drew Doughty will have to carry the Kings. Look for him to try and get some shots off by sneaking his way through the neutral zone.
Whatever happens, it’s sure to be an interesting climax in what’s become a series for the ages.
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Tyler Johnson, C, Tampa Bay Lightning: We haven’t talked about this one yet, but we should touch on the topic as it’s pretty big for the Lightning. Calder Memorial Trophy nominee Tyler Johnson inked a three-year, $10 million contract with the team late last week, which will take him off the market when free agency opens up July 1.
Johnson set a franchise record for rookies with 24 goals and has been a spark plug on Tampa’s top line. It’s a good decision to wrap him up, as he’ll likely prove to be a bright star for many years down the road.
NHL Daily Schedule: Just one game left in the Conference Finals, and it’s a winner-take-all Game 7. Here’s a look at that one.
Sunday, June 1, 2014:
8:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks (NBCSN, CBC, RDS)
2014 NHL Stanley Cup Finals Schedule: This week, the league officially announced the schedule for the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Finals. Here’s a look at what information we have so far:
Game 1: Wednesday, June 4
Game 2: Saturday, June 7
Game 3: Monday, June 9
Game 4: Wednesday, June 11
Game 5: Friday, June 13*
Game 6: Monday, June 16*
Game 7: Wednesday, June 18*
(*Games 5-7 if necessary)
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