NHL Playoffs 2012: A Rangers vs. Kings Final Would Be NHL’s Dream Come True

May 15th, 2012 by Chris Trapasso Leave a reply »
The NHL pales in comparison to the NFL in terms of national popularity, but professional hockey has one thing professional football wishes it could have again—a franchise based in Los Angeles. 

Both leagues have multiple storied organizations in the New York City metropolitan area that garner major media attention and television ratings each season, but the Kings give the NHL a small leg up on the big brother that is the NFL. 

Right now, the NHL is on the verge of an absolute dream Stanley Cup Final between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings.

Here's why.

Since the lockout was lifted in 2005, the NHL has sold its "new game" to fans with tweaked rules that increase scoring chances and goals because, regardless of the sport, we have an intrinsic attraction to offense. 

Luckily for commissioner Gary Bettman, supremely talented playmakers like Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Patrick Kane burst onto the scene over the last seven seasons. 

The NHL has relentlessly pushed to make Ovechkin and Crosby—players with unparalleled skill—household names and sponsors ...

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