2015 Stanley Cup Finals Preview
The 2015 Stanley Cup Finals featured two teams coming off of big game 7 victories in the Eastern and Western Conference Finals. The Tampa Bay Lightning enter the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since winning the cup in 2004. Center Steven Stamkos has been an offensive master for the Lightning, posting a 72 point season, and goal tender Ben Bishop has had one of his best seasons, including a shutout in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Rangers. On the other side of the ice, the Chicago Blackhawks look to win their 2nd Stanley Cup Finals in 3 years. Jonathan Toews continues to be the face of the always dangerous Blackhawks and remains one of the most dangerous players in the league.
2014 Stanley Cup Finals Preview
After 20 years of missing out on the Stanley Cup Finals the New York Rangers have finally broken through to reach their shot at the Cup for the first time since 1994. The Rangers will face the Los Angeles Kings, but will be stuck on the road for the Stanley Cup Finals, fortunately the road has proved to be in their favor during their playoff run. As hot as New York has been during the 2014 Playoffs, Los Angeles has been skating at the same tempature, closing out consecutive game 7's in each round of the playoffs. With travel playing a huge factor in this years battle for the cup, both teams will be fighting fatigue during this coast-to-coast series. As we have seen all season long, both teams are sporting some of the best goal tending in the NHL with Jonathan Quick and Henrik Lundqvist, leaving this series in the hands of the offense.
2013 Stanley Cup Finals Preview
The moment hockey fans all over the country have been waiting for has finally arrived and the Stanley Cup Finals will feature two teams that are all to familiar with the series. Boston will make their first appearance since winning the Cup in 2011 while Chicago is just another year removed having snagged the hardware in 2010. Both teams have been exceptionally good throughout the playoffs especially in OT having only lost one game a piece in extra time. On paper the Blackhawks look to have a skilled lineup that is nearly perfect lead by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane but the other side of the puck has been deceptively dangerous in the playoffs. With David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton combining for 19 goals this spring, 5 of which were game winners, the Bruins present a challenging task to the Blackhawks. The 2013 Stanley Cup Finals are upon us and look to be more unpredictable than ever.
2010 Stanley Cup Finals Preview
After sneaking into the playoffs by winning a do-or-die shootout on the last game of the regular season, the Philadelphia Flyers have skated through three rounds of the NHL postseason, and will now play the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup finals. The Chicago-Philly showdown isn't the championship matchup that analysts expected, but that doesn't make it any less dramatic. The Blackhawks finished the regular season with 112 points - the third most in the NHL - but the Flyers have shown again and again that they can defy all expectations and topple the league's top teams. Philadelphia, a seven seed in this year's playoffs, had to vanquish the New Jersey Devils and come back from a three-game deficit to beat the Boston Bruins before defeating the Montreal Canadiens to make the finals. Chicago, a number two seed, had to go through the Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks, behind Jonathan Toews' seven goals and 19 assists. The Blackhawks may be favored, but that means little to a Philly team that has rallied behind the smash-mouth play of captain Mike Richards to battle through the season and playoffs. Chicago and Philadelphia played once during the regular season, when the Flyers edged out the Hawks by the score of 3-2 on March 13.
2009 Stanley Cup Finals Preview
The rematch is on. For the first time since 1984, the same 2 teams return to the finals. The Penguins and the Red Wings will once again duel for Lord Stanley's cup. The Penguins road to the finals was uneven at first, but finished with a resounding 4 game rout of the Hurricanes. The Red Wings opened the NHL playoffs with a rout of their own against the Blue Jackets, but were taken to 7 games by the Anaheim Ducks. The Blackhawks tried to put up a fight, but the Wings took them down 4 games to 1 to return and defend their title. In the two teams first meeting in 2008, the Penguins made it a 6 game series, and the matchup this year looks just as strong.