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Old 06-02-2014, 10:50 AM   #511
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Right, I know there's more Hawks fans. What I'm saying though is that more non-aligned fans want to see LA-NYR than almost any other series out there (Canadian teams are question marks).
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Old 06-02-2014, 01:51 PM   #512
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Certainly appears the Blackhawks would have provided higher ratings in the finals than the Kings:

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-pu...154610280.html


22.7 rating in Chicago, 4.8 rating in LA last night. Sad LA, really sad.
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Old 06-02-2014, 02:04 PM   #513
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Okay.........
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Old 06-02-2014, 02:14 PM   #514
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a little more to the story

LA market is bigger than Chicago
LA market has 2 teams, are Ducks fans to lame to watch?

I think most Chicago fans will watch next week, perhaps wanting to see LA lose

and also, the Kings were 0-3 at one time, makes them more interesting for all NHL fans
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Old 06-02-2014, 02:34 PM   #515
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Which was pretty much my point. The LA-NYR matchup has been a long desired matchup in the finals and the interests surrounding it from a non-aligned stance (not including Rangers or Kings fans, or Chicago fans if they were in it) have the highest possibilities.
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I can see both sides of the argument.
soon enough these games will be over and the ratings will be known,

I expect these finals to be really good,
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It's interesting in that the two coasts haven't faced off in a championship in over 20 years, but that's it. I'll have to take your word for it.

Hawks-Habs would have been a brilliant original six clash with a modern NHL power facing the league's most historically successful franchise.
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Old 06-02-2014, 03:54 PM   #518
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I just don't see the Kings having much of a national following. (And sadly a pathetic local following as well)

Hockey is a far different animal than basketball or baseball.

Lakers/Knicks or Dodgers/Yanks are probable ratings monsters, I don't think Kings/Rangers will be.

We shall see.
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It's interesting in that the two coasts haven't faced off in a championship in over 20 years, but that's it. I'll have to take your word for it.

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What do you mean by "the two coasts"? We had Devils/Ducks in 2003...thats almost a NY/LA matchup.
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And who is the biggest "star" in this series? Lundqvist?
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And who is the biggest "star" in this series? Lundqvist?
Thats the biggest problem. No star power really. I mean, Gaborik? St. Louis.? Quick? Not household names outside of die hard NHL fans.
A team like Pittsburgh would be a significantly bigger draw even though the market is way smaller than either of these just because of Crosby. This series may play well with hockey purists but I don't know that it'll draw in a lot of folks who don't watch a lot of hockey otherwise.
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What do you mean by "the two coasts"? We had Devils/Ducks in 2003...thats almost a NY/LA matchup.
That's the lesser of both sides, for sure. And one of the greatest Stanley Cups (my personal favorite) of the past decade.

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And who is the biggest "star" in this series? Lundqvist?
There's a lot of stories going on here... I don't think you need a star. The low seeded Kings vs. The King himself. Marty St. Louis and Brad Richards are back after a decade, with a new team. Rick Nash and his first look at the Cup, after an entire career of him being considered non-playoff worthy. Same goes for Gaborik, really. Another Staal brother is Cup eligible.

Make no mistake, this time it's pretty much all about the Rangers. But the East vs. West is much more of a new age matchup that the NHL has desired for some time. And I mean, you do have the comeback Kings who should've been toast several times this playoffs. Same with the Rangers.

I really don't think anyone watched the playoffs for anyone outside of Sidney Crosby, anyways. "Patrick Kane" isn't a household name, either. You've got two household names with Crosby and Ovechkin. Maybe some people stuck in the past might know Ryan Miller from the Olympics, or TJ Oshie more recently lol.
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What do you mean by "the two coasts"? We had Devils/Ducks in 2003...thats almost a NY/LA matchup.
I meant LA/NY, sorry. Knicks/Lakers, Dodgers/Yankees, etc.
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