Kings win first Stanley Cup

Poll: Which team will win its first Stanley Cup next?


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The first Stanley Cup championship in Los Angeles Kings history leaves 12 current NHL franchises without a championship of their own.

Following is the list, with the year each team joined NHL in brackets:

—- St. Louis Blues (1967)
—- Buffalo Sabres (1970)
—- Vancouver Canucks (1970)
—- Washington Capitals (1974)
—- Phoenix Coyotes* (1979)
—- San Jose Sharks (1991)
—- Ottawa Senators** (1992)
—- Florida Panthers (1993)
—- Nashville Predators (1998)
—- Winnipeg Jets*** (1999)
—- Minnesota Wild (2000)
—- Columbus Blue Jackets (2000)

*previously the Winnipeg Jets
**modern era
***previously the Atlanta Thrashers

None of us are fortune tellers, but just for fun, which team do you think will be the next to break its drought?

Feel free to share your reasoning in the comments section. For example: “The Sabres, because their owner’s loaded and doesn’t mind spending money.” Or: “The Blues, because they’ve got a great young nucleus.” Or: “The Blue Jackets, because [some crazy reason].”

WATCH LIVE: Lightning at Red Wings

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Mike Babcock’s reign with the Detroit Red Wings ended in another first-round defeat, yet it may be lost in time just how close that series was.

Yes, the Tampa Bay Lightning shut down the Red Wings to win Game 7 at home, but Ben Bishop deserves a ton of the credit. The Red Wings snagged the puck for much of the contest, just not enough to beat the big goalie.

While change is in the air in Detroit, the Bolts are largely the same squad that generated a nice showing in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. We’ll get to see if the Red Wings gain a measure of revenge on NBCSN tonight, with home-ice advantage this time around.


After healthy scratch, Severson vows to play ‘next 80 games’

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Damon Severson was a healthy scratch on Saturday.

It’s the last game he wants to miss this season.

“I had a good chat with a few people and just pretty much said, ‘I want to be in the next 80 games,’” Severson said, per The Record. “I sat out my game and that’s all I want to be out for for the year.”

Severson is one of the Devils’ most important young players. But this is also the 21-year-old defenseman’s sophomore season, and that’s when slumps can occur.

Hence, the early message he was sent by the coaching staff.

Severson is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when New Jersey hosts Nashville.

“He doesn’t have to be perfect,” coach John Hynes told reporters. “We’d just like to see him have a high compete level. We know he’s ready to go. We had a couple of good meetings with him. He’s in a good spot mentally. I know he’s ready to roll.”