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Stanley Cup -- Kings or Rangers?

The Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers will square off for the Stanley Cup, meaning for the first time since 1981 -- provided we don't count Anaheim and New Jersey -- L.A. and NYC will square off in the finals of one of the U.S. and Canada's four major sports. Which team will win? Which city do you prefer? Cast your votes below!

  • Which team will win the Stanley Cup?

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      57%
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      43%

    Discuss (Total votes: 238,483)

  • Which team has the better defense?

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      58%
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      42%

    Discuss (Total votes: 17,480)

  • Which team has the better offense?

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      68%
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      32%

    Discuss (Total votes: 15,395)

  • Who is the better goaltender?

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      60%
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      40%

    Discuss (Total votes: 15,707)

  • Who is the better coach?

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      65%
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      35%

    Discuss (Total votes: 14,026)

  • Which team are you rooting for to win the Stanley Cup?

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      34%
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      32%
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      34%

    Discuss (Total votes: 126,139)

  • Which city do you prefer?

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      47%
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      53%

    Discuss (Total votes: 42,341)

  • Which playoffs have been better so far?

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      55%
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      45%

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Your NHL playoff predictions?

Which team will win each second-round playoff series? Cast your votes below!

  • Which team will win Game 7 of the Bruins-Canadiens series in Boston?

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      62%
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      38%

    Discuss (Total votes: 53,427)

  • How will the Ducks-Kings series play out? (Ducks lead 3-2)

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      22%
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      32%
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      46%

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Three Game 7s in the NHL

Tonight's going to be an exciting night for hockey fans, as three of the Stanley Cup playoff series will drop the puck on their respective Game 7s. Wayne Simmonds' hat trick last night helped the Flyers force a deciding Game 7 against the Rangers, the Sharks face an interesting goaltending decision in their decisive matchup against the Kings, and the Avalanche will try to come back after a disastrous third period against the Wild in their Game 6. It's often been said that the NHL has the most intense playoff series in all of sports, and tonight's slate of games will likely show why that's true.

Which league has the best playoff Game 7s?

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    20%
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    45%
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    35%

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  • Who should start in goal for the Sharks in Game 7?

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      68%
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      32%

    Discuss (Total votes: 8,224)

  • Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Tied 3-3)

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      58%
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      42%

    Discuss (Total votes: 32,465)

  • Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Tied 3-3)

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      42%
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      58%

    Discuss (Total votes: 40,353)

  • Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Tied 3-3)

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      58%
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      42%

    Discuss (Total votes: 37,530)

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NHL playoff predictions?

The first round of the NHL playoffs is well underway, with some series over and others staying close to the end. What are your predictions?

Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Tied 3-3)

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    58%
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    42%

Discuss (Total votes: 32,465)

  • Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Tied 3-3)

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      58%
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      42%

    Discuss (Total votes: 37,530)

  • Which team will win this first-round matchup? (Tied 3-3)

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      42%
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      58%

    Discuss (Total votes: 40,353)

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Big moves made at NHL deadline

The 2014 NHL trade deadline was reliably active, with a number of deals going down not long before the 3 p.m. ET cutoff. Among the biggest: The Montreal Canadiens acquired left wing Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders; the Los Angeles Kings grabbed right wing Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets; and, in a deal involving two potentially playoff-bound parties, the New York Rangers acquired right wing Martin St. Louis -- who had requested a trade -- and sent right wing Ryan Callahan and two high draft picks to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Which was the biggest deal? Which team will fare best down the stretch? Who wins it all?

  • Which was the biggest move Wednesday?

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      16%
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      13%
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      71%

    Discuss (Total votes: 8,967)

  • How much of an impact will Thomas Vanek have on the Canadiens down the stretch and in the playoffs?

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      55%
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      45%

    Discuss (Total votes: 10,079)

  • How much of an impact will Marian Gaborik have on the Kings down the stretch and in the playoffs?

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      32%
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      57%
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      11%

    Discuss (Total votes: 9,961)

  • What do you make of the deal that sent Martin St. Louis to the Rangers and sent Ryan Callahan and two draft picks (2014 second-rounder, 2015 first-rounder) to the Lightning?

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      35%
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      27%
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      38%

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  • Which team involved in a big trade Wednesday will fare the best in the playoffs?

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      16%
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      39%
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      19%
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      26%

    Discuss (Total votes: 6,379)

  • Which team will win the Stanley Cup?

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      28%
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      13%
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      10%
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      14%
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      35%

    Discuss (Total votes: 32,180)

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