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Los Angeles Kings vs New Jersey Devils Playoffs Round 4 Home Game 3

The Los Angeles Kings could be just one win away from their FIRST ever NHL Stanley Cup win.

The Kings lost 1-2 against the Devils last night, making the New Jersey Devils the third team in the history of the NHL to change their luck from being 0-3 in a seven game finals to winning two games, ensuring game 6.

The Kings have proven that they will do everything they can to end the series once and for all tomorrow night with the home-court Staples Center advantage once again playing in their favor!

Regardless of who wins the Stanley Cup this year, NHL History will be made:
•The Los Angeles Kings are looking for their first Stanley Cup in the team’s 45-year history.
•The Devils, should they win the next two games, would become the first team in 70 years to win a Stanley Cup after being down 3-0 in the series.

The Kings would also become the first team since the Detroit Red Wings pulled it off in 1997 to win the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals on the road and then win the title.

Since the 2000 playoffs, there have been 135 series played (not counting the 2012 Stanley Cup finals), according to CBS Sports. In 29 of those series, the road team won the first two games of the playoff series. In 23 of those 29 series, that road team went on to win the series and advance to the next round.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what playoff round had the most series where the road team won the first two games of the series (since 2000):

Conference Quarterfinals: 15 (those road teams won the series 10 of the 15 times)

Conference Semifinals: nine (those road teams won eight of the nine series)

Conference Finals: five (those road teams won the series each time)

The Kings are also the first road team to win the first two games of the series in each of four rounds of a playoff. The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim won the first two games of the first three rounds of the 2003 playoffs as the road team. In the finals, however, they lost Games 1 & 2 to the New Jersey Devils.

In 1949, the Toronto Maple Leafs won Games 1 and 2 as the road team in the semifinals and the Stanley Cup Finals. Whereas the Maple Leafs accomplished this feat in two rounds of the playoffs, the Kings accomplished it this year in four rounds of the playoffs.

The Kings are the 12th team to win Games 1 and 2 of the finals as the road team in a seven-game series. Of the previous 11 teams to accomplish this, nine went on to win the title. Will the Kings follow suit?

Here’s a look at the road teams that won Game 1 and 2 of a seven-game Stanley Cup finals:

Year, Road team wins games 1 and 2 (series outcome)

2012 L.A. Kings (?)

1997 Detroit Redwings (won Cup over Philadelphia Flyers)

1995 N.J. Devils (won Cup over Detroit)

1990 Edmonton Oilers (won Cup over Boston)

1983 N.Y. Islanders (won Cup over Edmonton)

1970 Boston (won Cup over St. Louis Blues)

1968 Montreal (won Cup over St. Louis)

1966 Detroit (lost Cup to Montreal)

1952 Detroit (won Cup over Montreal)

1949 Toronto (won Cup over Detroit)

1945 Toronto (won Cup over Detroit)

1942 Detroit (lost Cup to Toronto)

New York Rangers NHL Preseason Scrimmages

The New York Rangers are sweating it out for the season. They are fresh and just into their third day of training, pucks are flying left, right and center. Here are some of the highlights from their training sessions.

The Rangers have been training hard this week, working on some drills, pairing up with their teammates and playing a couple of scrimmages. The first of the scrimmages saw the team split into Team Red and Team Green.

The lineup:

The Green Squad had Sean Avery, Mats Zuccarello, Artem Anisimov, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal (late scratch) and Mike Rupp with Marty Biron in the goal. On the other side, forming the Red Team were Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik, Michael Del Zotto, Wojtek Wolski and Steve Eminger, with Chad Johnson and Jason Missiaen tending the goal post.

The Scrimmage:

To put it in a nutshell, the Reds defeated the Greens 4-2. The win was certain when two goals came from Wojtek Wolski. Marian Gaborik and Weise brought home the other two goals. For the greens much of the action came from John Mitchel, the last year’s trade-deadline acquisition from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

There were a few injuries too. The key defenseman from the team, Marc Staal, is staying away from the scrimmages due to minor injuries. The good news is that you will not miss him in action for the season opener. Michael Sauer, again on the defense front is also staying away from the practices for the third day due to knee tendinitis. Due to a shoulder injury, Brandon Prust also stayed away the third day of practice.

Though injuries become a concern before the season, it is good to see that the New York Rangers are taking precautions when it comes to their key players.

This should be helpful in the long run, hopefully. Anyway, now we are looking forward to the season to catch the New York Rangers in action!

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Rick Rypien Passes Away…Tragic Loss for Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg Jets center Rick Rypien was found deceased in his home on Monday August 15th, just nine months after the player took an indefinite leave of absence from the Vancouver Canucks after six seasons with the team to focus on an undisclosed personal matter.   Rypien was only twenty-seven years old.

So far this offseason Rick Rypien is the second professional National Hockey Player to have been found dead.  Former New York Rangers Derek Boogard passed away in May due to an overdose of alcohol and oxcycodone.

Rick Rypian is 5’11″ and 190lbs.  He has recently signed a $700,000 one-year contract with the Jets last month after six seasons with the Vancouver Canucks.  His mark on Hockey includes nine goals, seven assists and 226 penalty minutes in 119 career NHL games.

In a press release the official statement of the Winnipeg Jets was to have said the following : “We would like to express our sincere sympathies to the Rypien family as well as Rick’s friends. We also appreciate all of the support that has come pouring in from Rick’s fans. Rick was a talented player with an extremely bright future. His hunger for the game made him a valued team member both on and off the ice. This loss has impacted us as more than just a hockey team.”

The Canucks also made their offical announcement last year on Nov. 25 Rick Rypien had been granted an indefinite leave of absence.  It was the second time in just three years for Rypien that he had taken a hiatus to handle a personal issue. Rick also received a six-game suspension last year after grabbing a fan on his way to the dressing room in Minnesota.  Prior to that Rick Rypien was suffering ongoing injuries and missed 70 games in the 2008-2009 season.

The cause of death is not yet known.