Kings continue making history

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Kings continue making history

Wednesday marks a day in Los Angeles Kings' history that has never been experienced before--knowing their team can win the Stanley Cup by solidifying just one more win.

On the organization's 45th birthday, the Kings will take the ice, battling to close out a Stanley Cup Final as they face the New Jersey Devils at the Staples Center. Sixty good minutes of hockey can change the team's and league's history forever.

Injuries, a coaching change, contract negotiations, trade rumors, and a lack of offensive ability are just a few circumstances that ailed the Kings throughout the regular season. But under head coach Darryl Sutter, the team found the chemistry that had been buried away as they continue shocking the hockey world.

Los Angeles began making franchise history in their first round against Vancouver when they were up 3-0 in the series, a lead they had never obtained in the playoffs.

Throughout their postseason run, the Kings have gone 10-0 on the road and have only dropped two at home--both Game 4 in the first and third rounds against the Canucks and Coyotes. They're the only eighth seeded team in NHL history to eliminate the first and second seeded teams in their conference.

The only other team in NHL history to defeat the top three conference teams in the postseason is the 2004 Flames, who were also coached under Sutter. I wouldn't call that a coincidence.

As tonight's matchup rolls around, the Kings have the opportunity to continue making history. Their current 15-2 record has only been matched one other time, and with Jonathan Quick in net, anything is possible.

The only other team to win a Game 4 Stanley Cup Final at home is the Anaheim Ducks, who took the honor in 2007. If the Kings were to do the same tonight, they'd tie the Edmonton Oilers' 16-2 playoff run in 1988.

But Los Angeles continues to think about the series one game at a time, rather than getting caught up in statistics.

Badgers linebacker Vince Biegel to reportedly miss big game vs. Michigan

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Badgers linebacker Vince Biegel to reportedly miss big game vs. Michigan

Wisconsin will reportedly be without one of its top defensive players for Saturday's big showdown with Michigan.

According to ESPN's Jesse Temple, Biegel will miss this weekend's game — and several more — after surgery to put a screw into his foot. This according to Biegel's father, Rocky.

Biegel's father said that his son is expected to miss two to four weeks, though the surgery was done now to avoid a full break in his foot that would sideline him for a longer period of time.

The loss of Biegel adds more bad injury news for a Wisconsin team not exactly playing at full strength.

Just Thursday, the Badgers announced that kicker Rafael Gaglianone will miss the remainder of the season with a back injury. Another starting linebacker, Chris Orr, suffered a season-ending injury in the team's season-opening game. And Wisconsin has been dealing with injury issues at the running back position throughout the season's first few weeks, with Corey Clement sitting out against Georgia State and both Bradrick Shaw and Taiwan Deal not playing against Michigan State.

Losing Biegel, though, is an especially tough blow. A leader of the defense, the senior has racked up 156 tackles in 46 career games with 35.5 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. This season, he's made nine tackles with two tackles for loss and a sack in four games.

The Wisconsin defense has been one of the nation's best, currently ranking seventh in the country in scoring defense (11.8 points per game) and 12th in total defense (277 yards per game).

After wins over top-10 LSU and Michigan State teams in the season's first four weeks, the eighth-ranked Badgers take on the fourth-ranked Wolverines on Saturday in Ann Arbor.

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