It’s the most wonderful time of the year. NHL playoffs are upon us, and what better way to start them off than a rematch between last year’s second round match-up between the St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings?
The Kings put an early end to the Blues playoff hopes with a four game sweep during the second round in their amazing playoff appearance last season which would later result in a Stanley Cup. The Blues haven’t won a game against the Kings in their last nine meetings, dating back to February 3, 2012. But don’t count the Blues out just yet. They once again have home-ice advantage and are coming off of six straight wins at Scottrade Center. Oh and their goaltender Brian Elliott? He went 11-2 for the month of April, allowing one goal or less 10 times.
The NHL’s largest audience for a hockey game in 2008.
In 2008, the NHL introduced the Winter Classic at Ralph Wilson Stadium and many sports writers scoffed that the gimmick would be unsuccessful as the NHL would take on college football’s day. The game itself garnered plenty of interest as Sidney Crosby’s shootout winner passed through Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller’s legs and unexpectedly drew a 5 share, 2.6 rating and 3.8 million viewers. The NHL found itself a hit and now it plans to add 5 more outdoor games for the 2013-2014 season. Is it going to saturate the product or expand audiences?