The Ice Heats Up
by Andrew Godwin on Friday, October 3rd, 2014
With the start of the NHL season right around the corner, we are counting down the days to the first puck drop of the 2014-2015 NHL season. With less than one week to go, fans and players across the nation are asking themselves, “Who will win the Stanley Cup this year?” The defending champions, the Los Angeles Kings, look to continue their reign and take the cup back to Los Angeles for the second year in a row. With a deep lineup consisting of superstar forwards Marian Gaborik, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, and Jarret Stoll, the veteran team seems ready for another deep playoff run. In the Metropolitan division, the New York Rangers, the Stanley Cup runner-ups, look to redeem themselves in the 2014-15 season by bringing the cup to New York for the first time since 1994 when legends like Mark Messier, Brian Leetch, and Mike Richter dominated the league. The 2014 Rangers, consisting of NHL all-star Rick Nash, veteran Martin St. Louis, all-star goalie Henrik Lundqvist, and Dorchester-born rookie Kevin Hayes, hope to mirror these legends and win the cup themselves. In addition to New York and Los Angeles, 28 other teams in the National Hockey League will come back stronger, faster, and more skilled after a three month offseason. Team chemistry, coaching, and hard work are key factors that lead to success in the NHL; after all, talent and skill can only take a team so far. That being said, individuals can make a huge difference for a team. What would the Pittsburgh Penguins be without NHL point leader Sidney Crosby and superstar Evgeni Malkin? What would the Anaheim Ducks be without their two all-stars, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, both of whom broke into the NHL’s top 10 leading scorers of this past season? Star power is essential in the NHL and ultimately, the most star-studded teams will hoist the cup.
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