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5 Biggest Storylines To Follow During The 2014 Stanley Cup Final

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5 Biggest Storylines To Follow During The 2014 Stanley Cup Final

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Wednesday night will be the start of a unique matchup between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings. Both teams have played at least 20 games during their playoff runs, and will have a chance to break the amount of total playoff games played in one season at 26 games. The two teams have met in the playoffs twice before, but never in a best-of-seven series. Here are the five biggest storylines in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

5. Will Fatigue Play a Factor?

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5. Will Fatigue Play a Factor?

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The Kings have played the maximum amount of games entering the Final, while the Rangers are only one game behind. As this series progresses, it will be interesting to see which players have the stronger legs.

4. Former Flyers Continue to Prove Philadelphia Wrong

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4. Former Flyers Continue to Prove Philadelphia Wrong

Mike Richards and Jeff Carter Kings
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Ever since Mike Richards and Jeff Carter arrived in L.A., all they have done is go to three consecutive Western Conference Finals, along with two out the past three Stanley Cups. While the Flyers received good value in return for both players, there is still a lot of head-scratching going on in Philadelphia.

3. Rick Nash Needs to Light the Lamp

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3. Rick Nash Needs to Light the Lamp

Rick Nash Rangers
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Nash did not score his first goal of the postseason until Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and seems to be the target of New York media and fans when the Rangers lose a game. However, while he may not be scoring as much as everybody would like, he has been one of the top players on the team. For the Rangers to hoist the Cup, Nash needs to maintain his physical play, but also get back to being a more consistent scorer.

2. Marian Gaborik Faces Former Team

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2. Marian Gaborik Faces Former Team

Marian Gaborik Kings
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After an injury-plagued season and being traded to a new team at the deadline, Gaborik has finally found his niche with the Kings. He leads all playoff players in goals, and will no doubt be out for revenge against a team that traded him just over a year ago.

1. Henrik Lundqvist vs. Jonathan Quick

Henrik Lundqvist Rangers
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1. Henrik Lundqvist vs. Jonathan Quick

Henrik Lundqvist Rangers
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Not often do you get arguably the top two goaltenders in the NHL squaring off for the Stanley Cup. However, we get that added bonus this year. Will one of these guys completely take over and win the series for their team? Or will these two studs simply cancel each other out?