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CBS Local Sports’ 2014 Stanley Cup Final Predictions

It’s LA vs. NYC. It’s Quick vs. Lundqvist. It’s west coast vs. east coast and with that being said … let the games begin! Here are our predictions for what is sure to be an unforgettable and thrilling Cup Final.

06/04/2014

Michal Handzus scores the winning goal in double overtime. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) overtime.

Blackhawks Beat Kings, 5-4, In Double-OT To Stay Alive

Chicago trails the series 3-2 heading back to Los Angeles for Game 6.

CBS Chicago–05/28/2014

Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hoge: Possible Blackhawks Comeback Starts With Faceoffs, Blocked Shots

Chicago is 6-1 this postseason when it blocks 20 or more shots, 3-6 when it doesn’t.

CBS Chicago–05/27/2014

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, back row. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Bernstein: Blackhawks Not Lacking For Confidence

Teams trailing 3-1 in best-of-seven series have come back to win just 8.7 percent of the time.

CBS Chicago–05/27/2014

Justin Williams of the Los Angeles Kings scores a second period goal against the Blackhawks.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Blackhawks Collapse In 6-2 Loss To Kings

The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2 and evened the Western Conference Final at one game apiece.

05/21/2014

Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith, right. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Blackhawks’ Defense Stepping Up At Right Time

With so many skilled forwards, it’s sometimes easy to forget how good Chicago is defensively.

CBS Chicago–05/20/2014

The Blackhawks celebrate. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Zawaski: Breaking Down Blackhawks’ Potential Matchups With Ducks, Kings

Chicago had regular-season success against both Anaheim and Los Angeles.

CBS Chicago–05/14/2014

Jonathan Toews, right. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Toews Named A Selke Trophy Finalist

The award goes to the top defensive forward in the game.

CBS Chicago–04/24/2014

Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane celebrates his first-period goal against the Kings at Staples Center on February 3, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Kane’s 3 Points Lead Blackhawks To 5-3 Win Over Kings

Patrick Kane learned of his grandfather’s death shortly before game time, and he handled the pain in the only way he could imagine. By playing his heavy heart out.

02/04/2014

Anze Kopitar #11 of the Los Angeles Kings shoots the game winning goal in overtime against Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils during Game One of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Prudential Center on May 30, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Kopitar’s OT Goal Lifts Kings Over Devils 2-1

Anze Kopitar scored a spectacular goal on a breakaway with 11:47 left in overtime Wednesday night and the Los Angeles Kings beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

05/30/2012