Matching Hockey to Hollywood Stars

Matching Hockey to Hollywood Stars

The NHL playoffs may be the greatest annual mystery in sports. They begin Tuesday and, as usual, no one has any idea who's going to win the Stanley Cup.

Last year, the Los Angeles Kings—the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference—rampaged to their first-ever championship by losing just four of 20 postseason games. (The Kings are actually seeded higher this year, which, of course, means absolutely nothing.)

Because a lockout delayed this season's start, the playoff tournament will carry over longer than usual and into summer, when movie studios release their usual spate of blockbusters. So rather than coldly assessing the league's 16 playoff participants, we've decided to bring hockey to Hollywood and, for each team, identify the film actor whose career arc and quality most closely matches it.

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