PHT’s Stanley Cup finals primer

Here is PHT’s comprehensive rundown of everything Kings-Devils related as we count down the hours until Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup finals…


2012 Stanley Cup finals at a glance: Los Angeles-New Jersey preview

Stanley Cup finals preview: Kings vs. Devils, playoff experience

Kings-Devils Stanley Cup finals matchup: Goaltending

Kings-Devils Stanley Cup finals matchup: Forwards

Kings-Devils Stanley Cup finals matchup: Defense


PHT’s Stanley Cup finals picks — in five words

EA predicts Kings over Devils in six


Who will win the 2012 Stanley Cup finals?

Who should win the 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy?


PHT on TV: 2012 Stanley Cup finals storylines to watch

PHT Extra: Stanley Cup preview, Conn Smythe favorites and more


Kings, Devils faced humble early years

Forechecking Kings present big, tough challenge for unheralded Devils defense

Jonathan Quick sees a lot of the Kings in the Devils

Blueprints differ for Kings, Devils

Reasons to root for the Kings, Devils in 2012 Stanley Cup finals

Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension

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What will Raffi Torres get this time?

The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.

It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. For one thing, Torres is a repeat offender who once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.

You can see the hit below:

And here it is slowed down:

Torres got a match penalty and Silfverberg left the game. Fortunately, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have returned, but was kept out for precautionary reasons.

Flames acquire Freddie Hamilton, brother of Dougie

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Roughly three months after acquiring Dougie Hamilton, the Calgary Flames have brought his brother on board too.

Freddie Hamilton was pried away from the Colorado Avalanche for the cost a 2016 conditional seventh-round draft pick, per the Avalanche’s website. The Flames announced that he will report to AHL Stockton.

Freddie, who is the older of the two at 23, is a center that excelled offensively in the OHL and has chipped in at the AHL level. However, he has just one point in 29 contests with Colorado and the San Jose Sharks.

This is obviously not a big trade, but perhaps Freddie will eventually become a solid member of the Flames’ supporting cast. If nothing else, it didn’t cost Calgary much to reunite the brothers. The duo previously played together with the Niagara IceDogs.