The Los Angeles Kings are within one victory of sweeping the Stanley Cup Final, NHL revenues to hit record levels, results from the latest NHL competition committee meeting and more.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Jonathan Quick made 32 saves while Jeff Carter, Jake Muzzin and Mike Richards tallied as the Los Angeles Kings blanked the New York Rangers 3-0, taking a 3-0 series lead. The Kings can wrap up the series and win their second Stanley Cup in three years in Game 4 on Wednesday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Kings had a bit of luck going for them as deflections played a part in each of their goals. Still, they wouldn’t have won without Quick’s stellar goaltending, as the Rangers outshot the Kings 32-15. If the Rangers are looking for inspiration, it’s the team they’re facing, as the Kings earlier this spring became only the fourth team in NHL history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit and win in seven game. However, the last time that happened in the Stanley Cup Final was 1942, when the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings in seven games.
THE GLOBE & MAIL: James Mirtle reports NHL revenue for this season could reach a record $3.7 billion, which could push next season’s salary cap to $69.6 million. Should revenue in 2014-15 rise to $4 billion, the cap for 2015-16 will reach $75 million. The salary cap minimum would be between $18 – $20 million below the cap ceiling.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The league will have a tough time justifying another lockout when this CBA expires in 2022.
- For the trapezoid to be expanded by four feet overall (two feet on each side of the goal line). That would give goalies more room to play the puck.
- Changes to regular-season overtime: Have teams change ends after regulation to force long line changes, which in theory should help create more offense. They also proposed a dry scrape after regulation to clean up the ice.
- Faceoffs in offensive/defensive zone: Adopt IIHF hashmarks, which are five feet apart (NHL currently has them three and a half feet apart).
- The committee also wants more done to curb embellishment and diving in the NHL, perhaps via fine or additional penalty.
- Kicking pucks: Committee wants to see more leniency and allow a bit more when it comes to kicking motion.
- And the meat of it: More discussion of expanded video review, particularly when it comes to goalie interference. There was no real resolution on this on Monday — simply the agreement that it will be further discussed.
There was no consensus, however, on expanding video replay.
NBC SPORTS: If the Florida Panthers don’t trade the first overall pick, they could select Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad.
NBC SPORTS: The Phoenix Coyotes will changes their name to the Arizona Coyotes at the NHL Draft.