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Your Stanley Cup Final Pick

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Tampa Bay Lightning against the Dallas Stars, who do you have and how many games?

If interested, howyou did in the conference finals.

added, moving this up on the KK homepage so all can see.  Original post was 9/19/20 at 12:47pm.

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Morning Line- Helene Elliott

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Without fans there will be no one to uphold the tradition of booing Commissioner Gary Bettman when he hands off the Cup. If he has a sense of humor he’d allow a recording of jeers to be played as he comes out to the ice.

-Helene Elliott of the LA Times.  Read more on the NHL and the SCF.

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Will Canadians Watch The Stanley Cup Final?

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from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Whoever ends up winning the Stanley Cup, which begins on Saturday between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Dallas Stars, will not have an asterisk attached to their name. Although maybe they should, based on everything they went through and how hard it was to get to this point.

Of course the hardest part is still to come: Convincing Canadians to care about a final played between two southern U.S. teams that don’t have a pre-packaged star player to build a marketing campaign around.

Whether you live in Canada or the U.S., this series won’t be an easy sell.

Hard-core hockey fans will no doubt love this series, which will pit Russia’s Andrei Vasilevskiy against Anton Khudobin, four-time Norris Trophy finalist Victor Hedman against future Norris winner Miro Heiskanen, and the likeable Jon Cooper against the even-more-likeable Rick Bowness. But hard-core hockey fans also probably sat glued to their TV sets watching the six-hour, five-OT marathon between Tampa Bay and Columbus early in the first round.

It’s the casual sports fan whose wandering eyes the NHL should be worried about.

The sporting landscape has never been this crowded, this competitive. The Toronto Blue Jays are in the midst of a playoff run. Unlike last year, the Toronto Raptors are out of the playoffs. But the NBA western final still has Canada’s Jamal Murray up against LeBron James.

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NHL Short Notes

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THREE HARD LAPS

* Storylines are aplenty heading into the first-ever head-to-head postseason meeting between the Lightning and Stars, with each franchise sharing the same goal of capturing its second Stanley Cup.

* The Lighting are back in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2015, and roughly 17 months after winning the 2018-19 Presidents’ Trophy and being swept by the Blue Jackets in the 2019 First Round. Tampa Bay can become the first team in the NHL’s expansion era (since 1967-68) to win the Stanley Cup after being swept in the opening round of the previous postseason.

* The Stars are set to make their first Stanley Cup Final appearance in 20 years after a season which featured a noteworthy turnaround following a 1-7-1 start, a coaching change and a multi-goal comeback win outdoors in front of 85,630 fans to begin the 2020 calendar year.

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Highlights From Filip Hronek’s Season

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.via awood40's YouTube channel,

Filip Hronek highlights from the 2019-20 Regular Season. All points included.

 

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Video- Refs Mic’d Up During The Conference Finals

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Just over 2 minutes long.

 

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Don’t Take The Dallas Stars Lightly

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from Justin Bourne of Sportnset,

In theory, the Tampa Bay Lightning are head and shoulders above the Dallas Stars. In theory.

Some other theories that I, and many other analysts, have had:

• The Colorado Avalanche are head and shoulders above the Dallas Stars.

• The Vegas Golden Knights are head and shoulders above the Dallas Stars.

And let’s be real, a number of people thought the Flames would get the better of the Stars, too. I wasn’t among them there, but I’m guilty of the first two. So, I’ll try to keep that in mind when going through just how lopsided this series looks, because it seems most of us are missing something about that group there under Rick Bowness. They certainly compete at a high level....

In the end, the Stars are a team that makes you beat them. They defend hard, and make you go through them. If you’re not at your best, the Stars just find ways to persevere. They seem motivated, with a number of veteran players who are just dying to break through and win the big one here. They aren’t the more talented team, but they are 18 skaters deep with a goalie playing well, so nothing comes easy against them. That’s a dangerous combination in hockey.

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NHL Awards Show Will Be Televised On Monday, September 21st

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EDMONTON (Sept. 18, 2020) – The National Hockey League announced today that it will reveal the winners of its five remaining regular-season trophies during “2020 NHL Awards presented by Las Vegas,” a 30-minute show that will air at 6:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 21, on NBCSN in the U.S. as well as Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada.

Co-hosted by NBC Sports’ Kenny Albert and Sportsnet’s Scott Oake from inside the site of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final, Edmonton’s Rogers Place, the program will announce the winners of the 2019-20 Calder Memorial Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy, James Norris Memorial Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award and Vezina Trophy.

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Afternoon Line- Rick Westhead

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Video- Top Goals From The Conference Finals

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5 1/2 minutes to watch.

 

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