It is a year since Dele Alli was named the Football Leagues Young Player of the Year having scored 16 goals in a stellar campaign at MK Dons. Jace Sternberger Jersey . The midfielder was back at the League One club on loan having agreed his £5m move to Spurs a few weeks earlier, and in an interview with Sky Sports that evening he insisted he was going to White Hart Lane with the intention of winning a first-team place.Im really looking forward to the challenge, he said. Obviously having been at MK my whole life its going to be a big step for me, but Im going to keep fighting for my place there and see what I can do. Heres what Dele Alli said about joining Tottenham on April 19 last year The comments seemed fanciful for a teenager with no top-flight experience, but Alli has fulfilled his ambition in style. The 20-year-old has been a key figure in Tottenhams Premier League title charge, with his superb double against Stoke on Monday Night Football coming exactly a year after netting for MK Dons in a 6-1 win over Leyton Orient.Here, we look back at the key moments in his amazing breakthrough year, including his Spurs debut, his first appearance for England, and his heroics at the Britannia Stadium…Pre-season promise (August 4, 2015) Dele Alli reflects on his meteoric rise to the top of the footballing pyramid Pre-season provided some tantalising glimpses of what was to come from Alli, starting with an eye-catching Audi Cup appearance against Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena.The teenager was lining up against Rochdale and Yeovil Town just three months previously, but he introduced himself to one of the worlds biggest clubs with audacious nutmegs on Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.Spurs debut (August 8) Alli (right) in action on his Tottenham debut against Manchester United Mauricio Pochettino showed his faith in Alli by handing him his first-team debut as a substitute in Tottenhams 1-0 defeat by Manchester United on the opening day of the season at Old Trafford.The youngster only had 13 minutes on the pitch but showed he wasnt afraid to get stuck in, earning a yellow card for a foul on Ashley Young in stoppage time. I give a lot of credit to the manager for putting his trust in me and giving me my debut at Old Trafford, he later reflected.First goal (August 22) Alli celebrates after scoring his first Tottenham goal against Leicester Alli marked his next appearance with his first goal for Spurs after replacing Erik Lamela midway through the second half against Leicester at the King Power Stadium. Is it Tottenhams time? This might yet be Leicesters year, but Tottenham could build a dynasty under Mauricio Pochettino. His big moment came when he headed home Nacer Chadlis cross from close-range in the 81st minute. Unfortunately for Spurs, Riyad Mahrez equalised just 90 seconds later, but Allis impact was a major positive.England U21 debut (September 4) Alli was called up to Englands U21 squad just a few months after joining Spurs Allis early cameos for Spurs were enough to earn his first call-up to Gareth Southgates England U21 squad, and he made his debut for the Young Lions in a 1-0 friendly win over USAHe played 61 minutes after starting as Englands No 10 at Prestons Deepdale Stadium, where Manchester Uniteds James Wilson netted the only goal of the game.First Spurs start (September 13) Tubes sits down with Dele Alli to discuss his PFA Young Player nomination, Tottenhams young side and his love of nutmegs After making his first three Spurs appearances as a substitute, Alli was handed his first start against Sunderland on September 13.He played 67 minutes at the Stadium of Light as Spurs clinched their first Premier League win of the season by one goal to nil, and he has been one of the first names on Pochettinos team sheet ever since.England debut (October 9) Alli shone in Englands 2-0 win over France at Wembley Alli made the step up to Englands senior squad just a month after his first appearance for the U21s having impressed Roy Hodgson with his swift adaption to the Premier League.His debut came as he replaced Evertons Ross Barkley in the 88th minute of their 2-0 European Qualifying win over Estonia at Wembley, and he described the occasion as a dream come true.First England goal (November 17) Alli came off the bench in his first three appearances for Englands senior side After further substitute appearances against Lithuania and Spain, Alli marked his first England start with a spectacular long-range goal in a 2-0 win over France.It was as close to a faultless performance as you can get, said a beaming Hodgson after the game. I didnt think he was anything other than top class, but it is amazing to have no previous experience and go in and do that. What he did tonight was quite outstanding.Signs new Spurs contract (January 12, 2016) Just six months after joining up with his Spurs team-mates for the first time, Alli was handed an improved contract to tie him to the White Hart Lane club until 2021.Im delighted, he said at the time. The club has been really great to me since I arrived. We have a great young team and I can only see us moving forward. I am really happy to be here.Wonder goal against Crystal Palace (January 23) Alli celebrates with his team-mates after his stunning goal against Crystal Palace Just two weeks after signing his new deal, Alli produced one of the goals of the season against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. With the scores level at 1-1 in the 84th minute, he controlled Christian Eriksens header 25 yards from goal, flicked the ball over Mile Jedinaks head and sent a rasping volley into the bottom corner. Foxes or Spurs? The run-ins With just four games remaining, we analyse the title rivals run-ins. That goal will be seen all over the world, said Pochettino. He has shown his quality and what he is capable of. His team-mates were similarly impressed. Dele is always scoring volleys in training, said Nacer Chadli. Hes very good at them and practises a lot so the fact it has happened in a game is not lucky. It was a fantastic goal, unbelievable.Starring display against Germany (March 26) Dele Alli thanks England fans after the 3-2 win over Germany in Berlin Alli was still two weeks shy of his 20th birthday when he delivered a magnificent, man-of-the-match performance in Englands 3-2 win over world champions Germany at Berlins Olympic Stadium.His all-action display was vital as Hodgsons men fought back from two-goals down to claim a famous victory, with Germany legend Lothar Matthaus describing him as the best player on the pitch. With the Euros just around the corner, Alli looks certain to play a key role.Manchester United demolition (April 10) Alli slides home Tottenhams first goal against Manchester United Alli marked his last appearance as a teenager with another impressive performance in Spurs emphatic 3-0 victory over Manchester United at White Hart Lane.Tottenhams No 20 netted the opening goal from Eriksens cross in the 70th minute, before quick-fire strikes from Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela wrapped up a crucial victory over Louis van Gaals side.Double against Stoke (April 18) Alli nets his first goal in Tottenhams thrashing of Stoke at the Britannia Stadium Alli netted his ninth and tenth Premier League goals of the season as Tottenham closed the gap on Leicester City to five points with their brilliant 4-0 win over Stoke on Monday Night Football.His first goal was a well-taken chip from Eriksens pass, and his second was a measured volley from another assist from the Dane. Even a glaring late miss wasnt enough to dampen the excitement around Alli, with Sky Sports pundit, Jamie Carragher, describing him as a superstar after the game. Ten reasons why Alli excels Why Tottenhams PFA Young Player of the Year nominee Dele Alli is thriving in the Premier League. Also See: Fozes or Spurs? The run-ins Allis first hat-trick Carra: Why would Poch leave? Poch: Well keep fighting Reggie White Womens Jersey . TSNs coverage of the Third Round gets underway Sunday with Game 1: Los Angeles at Chicago at 3pm et/Noon pt. TSNs broadcast schedule for the Third Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs is as follows: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings• Game 1: Los Angeles at Chicago – Sunday, May 18 at 3pm et/Noon pt• Game 2: Los Angeles at Chicago – Wednesday, May 21 at 8pm et/5pm pt• Game 4: Chicago at Los Angeles – Monday, May 26 at 9pm et/6pm pt Featured in the broadcast booth for TSN are play-by-play announcer Chris Cuthbert and game analyst Ray Ferraro, with Farhan Lalji contributing reports from rinkside. Brett Favre Womens Jersey . The 20-year-old Barkley, whose impressive form this season could earn him a place in Englands World Cup squad, was hurt in Evertons 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers in the FA Cup on Jan. NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators have been playing better recently, yet have only a couple of hard-fought points to show for their work. The effort paid off once they got back home. Mattias Ekholms first NHL goal proved to be the game winner as the Predators beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Tuesday night for their first victory in four games. David Legwand had a goal and an assist, and Shea Weber added two assists for the Predators, who have earned points in five of six games. "It was good the guys got rewarded," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We had a good game plan going in. We stayed with it and converted on a couple chances. Five-on-five I think we outscored them 3-1." Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau scored for San Jose, which has lost two of three. Nashville returned home from a trip in which the Predators lost all three games despite going to overtime twice. The Predators took control against the Sharks, scoring three goals in the second period. Nashville is undefeated in regulation this season when scoring at least three times. "Everything is so crucial right now," Nashville defenceman Kevin Klein said. "In our three prior games, we played really good games, but we lost two in overtime and one really close one. Its one of those things where all of the points help right now. Weve been playing a really good solid team game for the most part." The banged-up Sharks came into Nashville to wrap up their three-game trip, following a shootout win in Chicago on Sunday. The excitement of that win was tempered because forward Logan Couture is scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday for what is believed to be a hand injury. Sharks coach Todd McLellan said he didnt think his club was good enough in its first game without Couture, and added that the leadership group has to step up, starting with the coaches and followed by the captain and assistants. "They have to be elite, and we werent at that level tonight," McLellan said. The Predators took a 1-0 lead when Legwand scored his seventh of the seasonn with a wrist shot from the right circle at 3:35. Jaire Alexander Youth Jersey. Ekholm was called for his second delay of game penalty in two games when he put the puck over the glass. The Sharks took advantage to tie it when Pavelski tipped in a shot from Dan Boyle at 6:49. Ekholm made up for his penalty just 27 seconds later when he whirled and flipped the puck past goalie Antti Niemi to put Nashville back ahead 2-1. "Its really nice to see him get his first goal and respond the way he did," Trotz said. McLellan called Nashvilles next goal a blown call by officials. Roman Josi, named to Switzerlands Olympic team on Monday, scored with a wrist shot off an assist from Weber at 11:30. The puck found the net just after Predators forward Colin Wilson went down in the crease beside Niemi, blocking the goalie. But the goal stood for a 3-1 lead. "I understand mistakes because I make a lot of them behind the bench, but when you get an explanation from a group of people and it didnt happen, its disappointing," McLellan said. "There is also protocol to follow in our league which is that you get together and you discuss it, and that didnt happen, either." That goal wound up as the winner. San Jose outshot Nashville 11-5 in the third and got within 3-2 when Marleau tipped in a shot from in front past Marek Mazanec at 18:38. The Sharks then took their timeout with 44.5 seconds remaining but couldnt force overtime. "You have to live with it," Pavelski said. "At the end of the day, that cant bury us, but it did tonight." NOTES: Nashville is 17-0-3 when scoring at least three goals. ... The Predators are 16-1-4 in games in which they score first. ... Nashville F Patric Hornqvist left in the third period with a lower body injury. He is day to day. ... The Sharks scratched F Tyler Kennedy (flu). ... Pavelski has scored in nine of 14 games and has 14 points in that stretch. ... The Predators have gotten points in 11 of their last 13 games against San Jose. ... Josi has nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in his last 15 games. ' ' '
NEW YORK -- Rick Nash scored the winning goal with 1:42 left, on New Yorks third shot of the third period, and the Rangers clinched home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 2-1 victory over the NHL-worst Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. Zapatillas Yeezy Baratas . New York secured second place in the Metropolitan Division when the Philadelphia Flyers lost at Tampa Bay later Thursday. The Rangers will face either the Flyers or Columbus in the opening round of the post-season. The Rangers struggled throughout against the lowly Sabres and goalie Matt Hackett, who played in just his seventh NHL game of the season. Drew Stafford gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead in the second, and Benoit Pouliot tied in in the final minute of the frame. Nash fired a one-timer off a cross-zone feed from Martin St. Louis, and sent the puck past Hacketts glove to break the 1-1 tie for his 26th goal. The Rangers then killed a late penalty against Brian Boyle, the third Sabres power play of the third period. Drew Stafford gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead in the second, and Benoit Pouliot tied in in the final minute of the frame. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 23 shots in the win, New Yorks last home game of the season. The Rangers final game is at Montreal on Saturday. Hackett made 28 saves for the Sabres, 2-15-1 in their last 18 games. The Rangers dominated the Sabres 18-1 in shots in the second period, yet had only a 1-1 tie to show for it. Buffalo recorded the first five shots of the game, and New York didnt record its first until Pouliots partial breakaway 7:30 in. However, the Rangers had a 27-13 edge through 40 minutes. The Sabres made the most of their only second-period shot and grabbed a 1-0 lead on it with 10:54 left in the period. Buffalo defenceman Mike Weber drifted backward with the puck from the right circle toward the blue line, and flipped a shot toward the Rangers net. Stafford, stationed in front of Lundqvist, got enough of his stick on it to deflect it into the net for his 16th goal of the season. New York did nothing with its two power plays in the first period or its next two in the second after a two-goal performance with the man advantage Tuesday against Carolina. It took until there were only 30.4 seconds left in the middle frame to get even with the Sabres. Hackett had been tough up until then, including shaking off a hard one-timer off the stick of Brad Richards that struck him flush in the forehead portion of his mask with 2:11 remaining in the period. After being briefly attended to on the ice by medical personnel, Hackett got up off his knees and stayed in the game. Pouliot took a pass across the Sabres zone in the left circle and fired a drive past Hackett to tie it. It was Pouliots 15th goal of the season and third in five games. NOTES: Lundqvist had a run of 26 minutes, 32 seconds between saves -- spanning from the first period until the third. ... Stafford and Sabres D Henrik Tallinder both returned to the lineup after missing four games each due to injury. Stafford has six goals and nine points in his past 13 games. ... The Rangers didnt record their first shot in the third period until Carl Hagelins attempt with 6:20 left. ... New York didnt take a penalty until the third period. In Tuesdays win, the Rangers were unpenalized in a full game for the first time since Jan. 10, 2012, against Phoenix. Yeezy Comprar . The group of Slava Fetisov, Igor Larionov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Sergei Fedorov, & Slava Kozlov were a dominant force for The Wings at one point in the 90s. Yeezy 700 España . The three goals bring Messis career tally for Barcelona to 371 in all games -- including friendlies -- breaking the club record of 369 held by Paulino Alcantara since 1927. The 26-year-old Messi was already the clubs all-time leading scorer in official games. Messi assured Barcelonas fans they will enjoy his goals for years to come, saying "as long as people want me, I will stay here.Each year, I take a relatively simple mathematical look at each series, using shots on goal and goaltender save percentages to determine which team might be expected to win the series. Since Im the first one to emphasize that overall statistics (or standings) are not necessarily representative of the current value for a team, especially with respect to injuries, these statistics merely provide a baseline for the series, perhaps providing an idea what a team needs to do in order to emerge victorious. In some cases, teams can keep on keeping on; in others, they might need better goaltending, fewer power play against, fewer shots against, more shots for -- just something -- to provide better expected results in a seven-game series. In last years projections, for example, the St. Louis Blues were projected to come out ahead of the Los Angeles Kings in a close series, but the end result wasnt that close at all, partly because Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who had a .902 save percentage during the regular season, had a .944 save percentage in Round One against the Blues. This points out the obvious limitations of forecasting a seven-game series -- its short enough that a player, particularly a goalie, running hot for a short period of time can easily shift the outcome. The expected goals for each team in the series are determined by taking each teams shots for and against over the course of the season and splitting the difference. So, for example, Boston had 31.9 shots on goal per game and Detroit allowed 29.3 shots on goal per game; the average of those two numbers, 30.6 shots, is the number that is then multiplied by (1 - the opposing goaltenders save percentage) to determine an expected goals per game for the Bruins. Finally, the number is multiplied by seven to indicate an expected goal total for a seven-game series. Theres no guarantee that scoring more goals in a series will result in winning four games first, but the odds certainly favour the team that scores more. Team SF SA Goaltender SV% Expected GF/Series Boston 31.9 29.1 Tuukka Rask 0.930 19.28 Detroit 30.0 29.3 Jimmy Howard 0.910 14.48 Verdict: The Bruins are not only one of the leagues top possession teams, ranking fourth in Fenwick Close, but they also have the odds-on favourite to win the Vezina Trophy, Tuukka Rask. This doesnt mean there is no hope for Detroit -- the Bruins were similarly favoured against Toronto in Round One last year and needed a near-miracle to escape with a win in Game Seven -- but plenty will have to break right for the Wings if they are going to get the upset. First, they need goaltender Jimmy Howard at the top of his game. Howard has played well in his last handful of starts, but his .910 save percentage this year marked only the second time in five seasons that he posted a save perentage under .920 in a season. Even if Howard can close the goaltending gap with Rask, the Red Wings will need to get a better handle on puck possesssion, which isnt an outrageous goal considering that most of the Wings top possession players didnt play full seasons in Detroit, either due to time in the AHL or injury. Ultimately, though, the Wings need a lot to break right and the Bruins need a lot to go wrong for the first-place Bruins to end up going out early.. Team SF SA Goaltender SV% Expected GF/Series Pittsburgh 29.9 28.8 Marc-Andre Fleury 0.915 16.36 Columbus 29.6 30.8 Sergei Bobrovsky 0.923 17.37 Verdict: For much of the year, the Pittsburgh Penguins were considered a viable Eastern Conference contender alongside the Bruins. As injuries mounted, however, the Penguins became more and more vulnerable and their shot differential is far from outstanding. Take Evgeni Malkin away from that and suddenly the Penguins need breaks to go their way and coming into the playoffs, its not easy to put a lot of faith in goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, even though he had a fine season, because his last four playoff appearances have resulted in a combined .880 save percentage, which is frightening for any team, let alone one that doesnt dominate territorially. What works in the Penguins favour is that the Blue Jackets dont fare that well in shot differential, though their Fenwick Close is above average, and the Blue Jackets have some injuries to deal with up front, as Nathan Horton, Nick Foligno and R.J. Umberger are all hurt as the playoffs begin. For the Blue Jackets to get their forecasted upset, though, they need Sergei Bobrovsky to stand tall in net. Over the past couple seasons, Bobrovsky has been one of the best and if that holds in the playoffs, then maybe Columbus second trip to the postseason will be more memorable than their first. Team SF SA Goaltender SV% Expected GF/Series Tampa Bay 29.8 29.2 Anders Lindback 0.891 15.53 Montreal 28.4 31.0 Carey Price 0.927 21.97 Verdict: Based on the season overall, it would be natural to favour the Tampa Bay Lightning, who overcame a lot, including the loss of their best player for months, but going into this series with Montreal presents such a massive difference in goaltending that its difficult to come back to the Lightning. If Anders Lindback and Carey Price are true to this seasons form, the series is no contest, but the Lightning can take some encouragement from Lindbacks last three starts of the season and hope that is a sign of things to come -- he had allowed at least three goals in eight of the previous nine starts though, so theres reason to be skeptical. If Lindback can give the Lightning decent goaltending, though, then they have a chance because Tampa Bay has been the better possession team by a decent margin. The other alternative for the Lightning would knock Carey Price off his game and that has happened in the playoffs before. In 30 career playoff game, Price owns a .905 save percentage and hasnt played more than seven playoff games since his rookie season of 2007-2008. Team SF SA Goaltender SV% Expected GF/Series N.Y. Rangers 33.2 29.4 Henrik Lundqvist 0.917 18.53 Philadelphia 30.4 30.6 Steve Mason 0.917 17.37 Verdict: While historically it would be easy to favour the Rangers over the Flyers based on the relative merits of goaltenders Henrik Lundqvist and Steve Mason, their numbers this season were very close, so the Blueshirts end up favoured based on notably better shot differentials (and, incidentally, possession stats). The Rangers have been a relatively strong team even without much contributtion from trade deadline addition Martin St. Yeezy Rebajas . Louis, so that gives them another proverbial bullet to fire, if St. Louis could get back to the form that has seen him score 68 points in 63 career playoff games or leaves him as the second-leading scorer over the past four seasons. If you click through on that St. Louis link, though, youll see that Flyers centre Claude Giroux is the leagues top scorer over the past four years and Giroux led the Flyers resurgence, finishing this year with 86 points after starting the year with seven points in the first 15 games. If Giroux puts the Flyers on his back, and can shake Rangers defenceman Ryan McDonagh, then that could easily be enough to swing the series in Philadelphias favour. This should be a close enough series that, any out-of-the-ordinary performances can make the difference, but the edge going in goes to the Rangers. Team SF SA Goaltender SV% Expected GF/Series Anaheim 31.3 28.7 Frederik Andersen 0.923 17.49 Dallas 31.7 30.4 Kari Lehtonen 0.919 16.28 Verdict: This isnt a particularly lopsided matchup for what is, effectively, a 1 vs. 8 matchup. The Ducks have mediocre possession numbers, but their overall shot differential is solid. Thing is, what has driven their success this season is scoring on an absurd 10.7% of their 5-on-5 score-close shots -- Colorado is second-best at 8.6% -- and percentages that far above the norm are really tough to bank on. The other factor is the Ducks goaltending. Based on their hesitance to use Jonas Hiller down the stretch, its entirely conceivable that the Ducks will put their playoff fate in the hands of rookie Frederik Andersen and John Gibson, who have been really good, but have combined for 31 career NHL starts. The task for the Stars, then, is to somehow get the Ducks finishing to fall into more normal range (or, if it falls below, even better), which means goaltender Kari Lehtonen will have to be sharp. That practically goes without saying though. A lower-seeded team is likely going to need good goaltending, but if the Stars get it from Lehtonen, that can level the ice pretty quickly. Then it might be a matter of the stars. Can Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry get the better of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin? Team SF SA Goaltender SV% Expected GF/Series Colorado 29.5 32.7 Semyon Varlamov 0.927 18.22 Minnesota 26.6 27.7 Ilya Bryzgalov 0.909 15.15 Verdict: This is the kind of series that could lead to upset, as the underdog Wild tend towards a low-event game -- no playoff team has fewer shots (for and against) in their games than the 54.3 averaged by the Wild and reducing those opportunities can undermine skills chances of winning in a short series. Furthermore, the Avalanche are missing leading scorer Matt Duchene (and possibly puck-moving defenceman Tyson Barrie), so they may currently be less than the sum of their overall parts this season. Where the edge really goes to the Avalanche is in net, where Semyon Varlamov has been great. The Wild might be a reasonable upset pick if you have faith in their goaltending but this is a team that goes into the playoffs with Ilya Bryzgalov between the pipes. Bryzgalovs track record over the past couple seasons makes it difficult to project him outdueling Varlamov head-to-head, which means that the Wild will need to better control play. Admittedly, thats possible since the Avalanche have the worst Fenwick Close of any playoff team and two of their top three score close possession players (Duchene and Barrie) are hurt. Team SF SA Goaltender SV% Expected GF/Series St. Louis 29.3 26.4 Ryan Miller 0.918 16.41 Chicago 33.1 27.2 Corey Crawford 0.917 17.08 Verdict: For much of the season, the St .Louis Blues were rolling along and looked to have the possession game to compete with the best in the league, but they stumbled down the stretch as injuries dotted their lineup and now they are blessed with a first-round matchup against the defending champs, a team that has stellar possession numbers and might be a touch healthier at this point; at least thats the expectation with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews apparently ready for the postseason. If the Blues arent healthy enough to ice a credible lineup, then it wont much matter how well goaltender Ryan Miller plays but, when he was acquired, Miller was supposed to be a difference-maker for the Blues. After a .903 save percentage in 19 games with St. Louis, though, its asking for a leap of faith to believe that Miller gives the Blues any kind of significant advantage over Corey Crawford. The angle for the Blues may be to lean more on their defence, which might be the leagues best group, one through six, and if Alex Pietrangelo, Jay Bouwmeester, Kevin Shattenkirk and company can control play or at least limit the extent to which the Blackhawks control play, then it will give the Blues a chance. Its not as good a chance as they would have expected a month or two ago, but injuries can strike at inopportune moments and its looking like that could be the Blues undoing this year. Team SF SA Goaltender SV% Expected GF/Series San Jose 34.8 27.8 Antti Niemi 0.913 18.15 Los Angeles 31.6 26.2 Jonathan Quick 0.915 18.09 Verdict: We finally come to the elite matchup of the first round, with two bona fide Cup contenders squaring off, and look at how close the forecasted numbers have the series. Its a coin flip, close enough that whichever goaltender plays well should be enough to tip the balance. Over the past two seasons, Quick has played more playoff games than any other, while posting a .940 save percentage so, even if his numbers were average during this season, he might get the edge over a similarly-mediocre Niemi. If the result is going in the Sharks favour, though, they may have a deeper group of forward, particularly with Tomas Hertl (and possibly Raffi Torres) coming back from injuries. The biggest difference in the series could be the status of Kings defenceman Drew Doughty, who is expected to be ready when the series starts, but if hes not, the Sharks have the forwards that can take advantage of that absence. Ultimately, this is such a close forecast that one bounce, one deflection, one call, could make the difference. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. 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