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NHL Playoffs

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CBS Local Sports’ 2014 Stanley Cup Final Predictions

It’s LA vs. NYC. It’s Quick vs. Lundqvist. It’s west coast vs. east coast and with that being said … let the games begin! Here are our predictions for what is sure to be an unforgettable and thrilling Cup Final.

06/04/2014

Ben Smith #28 of the Chicago Blackhawks checks Willie Mitchell #33 of the Los Angeles Kings during Game Seven of the Western Conference Final in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on June 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Kings, Blackhawks Game 7 Sets Several Viewership Milestones

Game 7 of the Western Conference finals has set several viewership milestones.

06/03/2014

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Capsule Of Stanley Cup Finals With Kings, Rangers

A capsule look at the Stanley Cup between the New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings.

06/02/2014

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers defends the net against the Montreal Canadiens during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 29, 2014 in New York City. Rangers defeated the Canadiens 1-0. (credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Rangers Get Final Practice In Before Stanley Cup Game 1 Showdown In LA

If there wasn’t already enough pressure on Lundqvist, who has earned a .928 save percentage in the 2014 playoffs, to lead his team to its first championship since 1994, he is now part of the hype machine heading into Game 1 on Wednesday.

06/02/2014

Los Angeles Kings v Chicago Blackhawks - Game Seven

Kings Headed To Stanley Cup Finals After 5-4 Overtime Win Over Blackhawks

Alec Martinez scored the game-winning goal to lift the Kings past the Chicago Blcackhawks 5-4 in overtime in game 7, earning them a berth to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in the last three years.

06/01/2014

Patrick Sharp #10 of the Chicago Blackhawks checks Willie Mitchell #33 of the Los Angeles Kings in the third period in Game Six of the Western Conference Final during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Harry How/Getty Images)

Cup Final Spot Hinges On Game 7 Showdown For Kings, Blackhawks

A wild series between the two most recent champions will come to a close with one final act Sunday, a seventh game in Chicago to decide who will advance to the Stanley Cup finals.

05/31/2014

Tanner Pearson #70 of the Los Angeles Kings and teammates celebrate after Pearson scores an empty net goal in the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Four of the Western Conference Final during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Blackhawks Look To Turn Series Against Kings Around

The special teams have been awful. The faceoff circle has been a huge problem. Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp have combined for one goal for the Chicago Blackhawks.

05/27/2014

Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates with teammates Alec Martinez #27, Anze Kopitar #11 and Justin Williams #14 after Doughty scores a second period goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Four of the Western Conference Final during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

LA Kings Beat Chicago 5-2, Take 3-1 Series Lead

Jake Muzzin, Marian Gaborik and captain Dustin Brown scored in a dominant first period, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 Monday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference final.

05/26/2014

Marian Hossa #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks with the puck against Willie Mitchell #33 of the Los Angeles Kings in the third period in Game Three of the Western Conference Final during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Harry How/Getty Images)

Kings, Blackhawks Both Strive For Simplicity In Game 4

Darryl Sutter and Joel Quenneville will leave the arguments about etiquette and unwritten rules to the coaches in the Eastern Conference finals.

05/25/2014

Marian Hossa #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks controls the puck against the Los Angeles Kings in Game One of the Western Conference Final during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on May 18, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Blackhawks Look To Go Up 2-0 On LA Kings

The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings have taken similar paths toward the top, hitting big in the draft and making shrewd moves after rough stretches.

05/20/2014

Teemu Selanne #8 of the Anaheim Ducks is introduced prior to the start of the game against the New York Rangers at Honda Center on October 10, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Ousted Ducks Begin Future Without Selanne

While the Anaheim Ducks packed up for the summer, Teemu Selanne already was off enjoying his first few days of retirement.

05/19/2014

Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks makes a save against the Los Angeles Kings in the second period of Game One of the Western Conference Final during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on May 18, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Kings Struggle To Crack Blackhawks Defense In Game 1

Sure, the Chicago Blackhawks have a bunch of veteran forwards who have a history of clutch goals.

05/19/2014

Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings defends against Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks in the second period of Game One of the Western Conference Final during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on May 18, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Kings Fall To Blackhawks 3-1 In Game 1 Of Western Conference Finals

The Los Angeles Kings fell to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday, 3-1.

05/18/2014

Dwight King #74, Drew Doughty #8, Anze Kopitar #11 and Jake Muzzin #6 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrate Kopitar's second period goal against the Anaheim Ducks in Game Seven of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on May 16, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

LA Kings Set To Take On Blackhawks For Western Conference Finals

On Friday night, the Los Angeles Kings were in Anaheim for Game 7 of their second-round series against the top-seeded Ducks.

05/17/2014

Antti Raanta #31 of the Chicago Blackhawks makes a save against Anze Kopitar #11 of the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center on December 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

SCHEDULE: NHL Western Conf. Finals Between Kings-Blackhawks Begins Sunday In Chicago

The Los Angeles Kings will face the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday for game 1 of the Western Conference Finals

05/16/2014

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