The NHL is moving toward altering its draft lottery to help avoid teams earning the top overall pick on a repeated basis. The league's general mangers, meeting Wednesday in New York, also discussed further enhancing use of video replay.
Two teams from opposite sides of the continent, carrying different expectations and having to ford different streams of adversity, will meet in the Stanley Cup finals, ESPN.com's Scott Burnside writes.
In the final accounting, the Kings' depth and inexhaustible will to win carried them into NHL history as they became the first team to win three straight seven-game series on the road, ESPN.com's Scott Burnside writes.
To help sort through what might unfold on Sunday, here are eight players who could impact the outcome of what has evolved into a classic playoff clash between two NHL powers, ESPN.com's Scott Burnside writes.