NHL News: Player News and Updates for 6/13/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Rangers and Kings, NHL Finals TV Schedule and More
June 13, 2014
Now that the NHL Stanley Cup Finals will be extended by at least one more game, we hockey fans can hold on to the last shreds of the 2013-14 campaign. That said, let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making headlines out there. Here’s the latest news.
Game 5 Outlook: There’s a pivotal Game 5 coming up in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Finals this evening, and it should be another great one. The Rangers are coming off a must-win scenario in Game 4, where they were the beneficiaries of the proverbial “puck luck” that had eluded them in Games 1 and 2. Thanks to a solid effort from Henrik Lundqvist and a couple of inches in front of the goal line, they’ve got a little breathing room at 1-3 but still must win out to nab the Cup--no small feat, obviously.
Meanwhile, the Kings are lamenting their missed opportunities from Game 4 as the hope of a dominating sweep slipped through their fingers. L.A. was dominating the game from front to back, and realistically should have emerged with another victory. The Kings outshot New York by a tally of 15-1 in the third period and were just inches away from another overtime chance late in the game.
You can expect Los Angeles to come out firing--and fired up--back home at the Staples Center tonight. Their key will be to start fast, and they’ll do that by creating a lot of traffic in front of Lundqvist. As long as they take advantage of the opportunities they get--and they have been getting plenty--they’ll hoist the Cup on home ice tonight.
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Around the League: Let’s check out a few nuggets from elsewhere in the league before we sign off and start getting ready for tonight’s game.
The Senators’ Jason Spezza has reportedly asked the team to trade him, which lends some credence to the rumors of an impending swap. If he does get traded, the price tag will be pretty high--likely a prospect or two and an impact player as well.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic is still recovering from his knee injury, suffered in the Sharks’ first-round loss to the Kings. He’ll need a few more weeks to recover but should be fine in time for training camp.
This week, the Flyers announced that Sean Couturier had undergone abdominal surgery. He’ll be sidelined for 5-6 weeks but should be fine for the beginning of the season.
2014 NHL Stanley Cup Finals Schedule: Now that the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Finals are off and running, let’s check out the upcoming schedule and see what we can be expecting from the series.
Game 1 @Los Angeles: Wednesday, June 4 (NBC) Kings Lead Series 1-0
Game 2 @Los Angeles: Saturday, June 7 (NBC) Kings Lead Series 2-0
Game 3 @New York: Monday, June 9 (NBCSN) Kings Lead Series 3-0
Game 4 @New York: Wednesday, June 11 (NBCSN) Kings Lead Series 3-1
Game 5 @Los Angeles: Friday, June 13 (NBC)
Game 6 @New York: Monday, June 16* (NBC)
Game 7 @Los Angeles: Wednesday, June 18* (NBC)
(*Games 6-7 if necessary)
NHL Off-Season Schedule: Let’s keep our hockey fix going with a look at the 2014 off-season calendar. There should be plenty to keep us occupied as we gear up for next year.
June 25: NHL Awards
June 25-July 1: Teams can conduct interviews with unrestricted free agents
June 27-28: 2014 NHL Draft
June 30: Deadline to tender offers to restricted free agents
July 1: Start of free agency period
Early July: Rookie development camps begin
Mid-September: Training camp begins
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