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Kings against Sharks in finale won't be the game that was anticipated

Kings against Sharks in finale won't be the game that was anticipated

The NHL's schedule makers had a delicious and almost warped sense of humor when they crafted the opening- and closing-day programs. Kings vs. Sharks. San Jose had to watch the Kings raise their Stanley Cup champion banner on Oct. 8 at Staples Center, a reminder of having lost to the Kings after holding a 3-0 series lead in the first round of the 2014 playoffs. Bookending that, nearly everyone thought that Saturday's final regular-season game for the teams could carry weight in the playoff race. Instead, it turned into a "wait until next year." San Jose and the Kings are lottery bound, not playoff bound, and you would have to go all the way back to 2003 to find the...

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