The Stanley Cup Finals are set to begin on Wednesday and when it comes to the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers, there are a couple of players who have found their way after a stop with the Buffalo Sabres.
While he didn't spend much time in Buffalo, New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore has become one of the spiritual leaders of the Rangers after taking an entire season off after the passing of his wife. Moore, who only played 18 games for the Sabres, scored the lone goal in a 1-0 Rangers victory to clinch the Eastern Conference Finals against the Montreal Canadiens.
So far in 20 playoff games, Moore has scored three goals and four assists and is a -3. Moore is credited with two game-winning goals.
In his 18 games with the Sabres, Moore scored one goal and three assists while being -4.
For the Los Angeles Kings, one former Sabre was sent out west last season. Defenseman Robyn Regehr is considered the seventh defenseman for the Kings and has appeared in eight playoff games for the Kings.
So far in the playoffs, Regehr has two assists and hasn't had an appearance since May 3 against the Anaheim Ducks. Regehr did not appear in a game in the Western Conference Finals.
Regehr was traded to the Kings for two second round draft picks, one in 2014 and one in 2015
The Sabres traded defenseman Brayden McNabb to the Kings as well, but McNabb is currently assigned to the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL.
Both the Kings and Rangers made it to the Cup Finals while being underdogs at some point. The Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the playoffs despite the Pens being heavily favored.
The Kings were down 3-0 to the San Jose Sharks and won four straight to clinch the first round victory. The Kings were then down 3-1 in their series against the Anaheim Ducks. Finishing off their never give up style, the Kings came back to tie game seven in the third period in Chicago against the Blackhawks. The game was then won in overtime.
The Stanley Cup Finals kick off Wednesday night from Staples Center in Los Angeles.Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL