It's hard to find a more superstitious group than hockey players.
Scraggly playoff beards. Bizarre on-ice rituals. Refusal to touch any trophy other than the actual
So it's no surprise the
Team officials walk away from conversations about it. Players dance around questions from loud-mouthed reporters. League officials talk only in hushed tones about the possible on-ice arrival of the Cup if the Kings beat the
The Cup never made it into
There was a rehearsal before Wednesday's game in New York with a red carpet and everything, but it wasn't with the real Cup. It was unclear if there would be a rehearsal Friday at
It will be in the periphery of the arena, likely in a secure vehicle, but definitely outside of Staples Center.
Shhhh. Just don't talk to the Kings about it.
"We know it's in the building and we know what we're playing for," Kings defenseman
Superstition might be part of the NBA. It's nothing like it is in the
The Kings didn't have much puck luck in their Game 4 loss to the Rangers, having two shots stop tantalizingly short of the goal and another clank off the iron.
They will try to shake it off Friday and win their second Stanley Cup ever. They'd rather earn that type of history than play a single-season league-record 27th playoff game if the series moves back to New York for a Game 6.