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The fun begins Monday night at 8:00pm ET.


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Your Stanley Cup Final Picks

How did you do with your Conference Final picks? I don't even want to discuss mine!

Who are you picking to win the Stanley Cup?

The Vegas Golden Knights have home ice advantage (6-1 at home thru the first three rounds) but remember the Washington Capitals have an 8-2 road record during the post-season.

note- original post date was 5/24/19 at 1:35pm, Will be moving this post to the top of page until the puck drops so all have a chance to see and participate.

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Barry Trotz Is In The Stanley Cup Final Without A Contract For Next Season

from Matthew Paras of the Washington Times,

Capitals coach Barry Trotz estimated he has received about 300 text messages since his team advanced to the Stanley Cup Final with a Game 7 win Wednesday over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Some of them were from people he hadn’t heard from in “a while.”

“I’ve got a lot more friends than I thought I did, which is good,” Trotz said.

Trotz, though, seemed appreciative. This postseason, the 55-year-old has admitted he’s more relaxed than he used to be. While he’s kept the details private, he said experiences in his personal life have put the game of hockey in perspective.

In the last year of his contract, Trotz has responded with the best season of his career....

But Trotz is now in a good position to see a significant raise from his annual $1.5 million salary. The question becomes: will that come from the Capitals or another team?

“He’s probably going to benefit from this too,” MacLellan said. “It’s not all not good for him. I think he’s done a good job managing it. To come in this year with so many questions — not from my point of view, the lineup questions were that big a deal — but just the emotional state of our team coming in to start the year and how to handle that, I think he’s done an outstanding job.”

read on

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Will Goaltending Be The Difference In The Stanley Cup Final?

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Thirteen years into his NHL career Alex Ovechkin is finally playing for the Stanley Cup. Postseason failure has dogged the Washington Capitals superstar.

Trouble is, goaltending is legal in the NHL, unlike the NBA. And goaltending can either carry a team to the Stanley Cup or doom it to playoff failure.

No individual athlete plays a bigger role in deciding team championships. One great goaltender can be the equivalent of an entire shutdown pitching staff.

A superstar like Ovechkin can hammer shot after shot after shot after shot at a hot goaltender and fail to propel his team. Breakaways, open one-timers, redirections, rebound whacks — a netmender in the zone can stop everything.

Conversely, one shaky goaltending performance is the baseball equivalent of the entire pitching staff tanking. 


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Uh Oh, Vegas City Officials Making Parade Plans

from Mick Akers of the Las Vegas Sun,

The Golden Knights are four wins away from capturing the Stanley Cup in their inaugural season, but Las Vegas and Clark County officials are already making tentative plans for a celebration.

“I think this has to be a big, blowout celebration,” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said as the Golden Knights prepared to face the Washington Capitals at home on Monday for Game 1....

Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak said he’s already talked to Metro Police and the county’s Department of Public Works about a potential parade. The one group that doesn’t want to get ahead of things, however, is the Golden Knights, he said.

“The Golden Knights really don’t want to have this discussion; there’s some level of superstition involved,” Sisolak said. “They don’t want to jinx anything revolving around any celebrations regarding their playoff success.”

read on

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KK- Enjoy The Memorial Day Weekend

I will be around as normal and I expect hockey news picking up on Sunday, which is media day in Las Vegas.

So check back on occasion and stay safe.

Looks like a great weather weekend, with the temperature reaching the 90's on Sunday and Monday in the Detroit area.  Hockey weather?

I was talking with a friend about the ice conditions in Vegas today and personally I haven't heard any issues with the ice conditions there, must by the dry heat!

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Hockey Thoughts Before The Stanley Cup Final

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- There are going to be lots of thinkpieces about what we can learn from Vegas and Washington. I’m paraphrasing, but Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said something along the lines of, “It shows what happens when you have a total buy-in from everyone in an organization,” when asked about the Golden Knights by Bob McCown and Stephen Brunt on Prime Time Sports last week.

As for Washington, one former Capital said recently, “If you could write a book about what happened internally from the minute they lost to Pittsburgh last year until now, you’d have a best-seller.”...

- We probably won’t know the truth until training camp, but there is a chance Ryan Kesler does not play in 2018–19. Anaheim’s centre gutted through 48 regular-season and playoff games, his discomfort and pain obvious to teammates and opponents alike. From what I understand, he will not be having surgery (that’s been done). Instead, he’s undergoing some aggressive rehab and treatment in an effort to improve the hip area. The team and agent are not commenting, but word is he is not interested in retiring, wants to play and is doing everything he can to get there. But it might be a situation where he sits out and tries to come back in September 2019.

- The Competition Committee met Thursday in New York City, and out of that came news that goalies will be expected to wear the updated chest protectors in 2018–19. The tighter pants became mandatory in February 2017, and the chest pieces were supposed to follow last year. That didn’t happen because the manufacturers couldn’t get it done. Now, at last, we are there. I don’t have the specific measurements, but the new designs are sloped at the shoulders, less “boxy” overall and more contoured along the body, and have thinner elbows/forearms.

more Thoughts...

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Afternoon Line- Eric Duhatschek

Even though teams have gradually figured out that these types of contracts make no sense in the long term, they negotiate them anyway because the competition for high-end talent is so desperate that if you can get a player for the cost of his salary, some team somewhere is going to swallow hard and offer up the dollars needed to get the deal done. There were early mixed reviews about the Kane signing, largely for that reason. Here is a player who has just completed his ninth NHL season and has a career high of 57 points (in 74 games with the 2011-12 Winnipeg Jets). Injuries have derailed Kane at different times in his career but this season, he got into 78 games and managed 54 points. After spending time with the Sharks in the first and second round, it became pretty clear though that this would be the eventual outcome.

-Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic where you can read more (paid subscription) on Kane, injury disclosures, Colin Miller and Marc-Andre Fleury.

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The Edmonton ‘Plan’

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

This just in from the Oilers, news that the team has hired: “TheOilers have hired Glen Gulutzan, Trent Yawney and Manny Viveiros as assistant coaches.”

My take

If I’m not mistaken, we now know what The Plan is for the Edmonton Oilers: axe all the asst. coaches, keep the same coach, GM and almost all the same players and see how that turns out.

In other words, The Plan is to bet the mediocre Edmonton Oilers of 2017-18 were a fluke, while the strong Oilers of 2016-17 were the real deal and the team can bounce back to that higher level.

It looks like we’ve got a full slate of new assistants in Glen Gulutzan, Trent Yawney and Emanuel Viveiros, and that’s a fine and encouraging development, given how horrendous the Oil’s special teams were last year and the strong pedigree of the incoming coaches.


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Capitals vs. Golden Knights: Why the Stanley Cup Final will be Iconic

There is never a dull moment when it comes to the Stanley Cup Final. However, this year is set to be even more compelling; this is because the teams battling each other have both notable differences and a lot in common. To begin with, the Washington Capitals will be playing their first Cup Final in 20 years. Overall, this is their second final ever. The Capitals have come this far after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Eastern Conference Final. Their opponents for the final are the Golden Knights of Las Vegas. Below is a look at why many fans are paying close attention to the NHL lines as the game proves to be classic.

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