Don Wright-USA TODAY Sports The Penguins will face the Predators starting Monday The Stanley Cup Final will officially begin on May 29. Game 1 on Monday starts at 8 p.m. on NBC in the United States and on CBC, SportsNet, TVA in Canada. Nashville
With the Los Angeles Kings cleaning house this summer, firing longtime GM Dean Lombardi and coach Darryl Sutter, there are likely to be some personnel and lineup changes going into next season. Rob Blake and John Stevens are looking to put their stamp on the team and steer them into a return to the playoffs. One of the players who may be a beneficiary of the coaching change is winger Marian Gaborik. Gaborik has been the subject of buyout speculation due to his long term contract and underwhelming numbers but Blake has already said that he will not be bought out this summer and the team will commit to him for at least another year. Gaborik broke into the NHL in 2000 as a highly-touted prospect
It was moments before the Nashville Predators were set to take the ice for the franchise’s first Stanley Cup Final, and head coach Peter Laviolette knew exactly what he’d say. With NBC cameras in the locker room, Laviolette delivered his pregame speech to the Predators players. His final line, though, will probably have NBC re-thinking those locker-room speeches. Everything was going fine until … “Game 1 is up for grabs. It’s up to us to (expletive) take it.” Best of all: It was a tape-delayed speech. NBC would apologize for missing the obscenity during the first period.