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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers hope to spring some youthful exuberance on the Washington Nationals in the National League Division Series. Pernell McPhee Jersey .The Dodgers plan on carrying seven rookies into the playoffs, along with 10 players who have spent at least some time in the minor leagues this year when roster turnover seemed to be a daily occurrence.The Dodgers put 28 players on the disabled list this season, the most by one team in at least 30 years, providing opportunities aplenty for players in the organization.When the season ended, the Dodgers were carrying the full allotment of 40 players, and whittling it down to the necessary 25 proved to be challenging.It was probably the most challenging roster construction for the playoffs that I have ever been a part of, said Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. I think its a testament to the depth that we have and just a number of different guys who contributed throughout the year.We feel like the group we put together is a group that matches up really well with Washington, and were excited to get going.When the NLDS starts in the nations capital Friday, Corey Seager will not only be the signature rookie on the Dodgers roster, he will be one of the teams key performers. Seager is expected to win the NL Rookie of the Year award. But he is far from the only first-year player.Other Dodgers rookies on the NLDS roster include Andrew Toles, Austin Barnes, Julio Urias, Ross Stripling, Kenta Maeda and Grant Dayton. In addition, non-rookies who spent some time in the minor leagues include Luis Avilan, Charlie Culberson, Josh Fields, Pedro Baez and Yasiel Puig.It will be a tall order for such a young Dodgers roster, but if the club showed a distinct trait this year, it is to accept and overcome challenges, especially with having to overcome injuries. If they are to beat the Nationals, they will have to do it without home-field advantage.With October baseball, its more of teams that execute that have a tendency to win more, manager Dave Roberts said. Pitching drives the postseason, but there is also that execution component, that focus component. With our guys, all year long, weve talked about playing every pitch and staying focused, and thats why, with this series coming up, I like our chances. Weve shown we can execute when we need to and focus pitch to pitch.Its not as if the Dodgers will be without veterans. Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill will lead the pitching staff. Chase Utley, Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner will lead the offense. The Dodgers know a combination of steady veterans and up-and-coming youngsters is a healthy balance, but ultimately, the roster is not only about who is playing well now, but who is best capable of giving the Nationals problems.I think the environment that [Roberts] and the coaches have created, that our veteran players have created, has allowed these guys to come up from the minor leagues and be incredibly comfortable, Friedman said. That is something we expect to carry on.Roberts did not make his NLDS roster official, but he gave enough clues Tuesday to make an educated guess as to how it will look. Here is the roster that is expected to be available Friday:Starting pitchers (4): Kershaw, Hill, Maeda, Urias.Relief pitchers (7): Kenley Jansen, Joe Blanton, Baez, Stripling, Avilan, Dayton, Fields.Catchers (3): Yasmani Grandal, Carlos Ruiz, Barnes.Outfielders (6): Howie Kendrick, Joc Pederson, Josh Reddick, Puig, Toles, Andre Ethier.Infielders (5): Gonzalez, Utley, Seager, Turner, Culberson.Players who will travel with the team, but not be available to play, include Alex Wood, Rob Segedin and J.P. Howell. In the past three postseasons, Howell has been in the Dodgers bullpen, but he did not make the cut this time.Hes been a big part of what we have done this year, not just between the lines, but he has been a huge part of the success of our bullpen, with the mentorship, Friedman said of Howell. Obviously he will be with us, but he, as everybody would expect, was a total pro. But still, it was not easy. Kyle Fuller Jersey . You can watch the game live on TSN at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. The Flyers had won seven of eight before dropping their last two outings on consecutive days over the weekend. Philadelphia was handed a 6-3 loss by the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday afternoon before dropping a 4-1 decision to the Rangers the following night in New York City. Marcus Cooper Jersey . -- Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson asked his players a simple question during Fridays morning shootaround: How many of them had ever been on a team 14 games over . . Following a lopsided 5-2 loss against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night, Paul MacLean told reporters that "theres a lack of focus, theres a lack of leadership and theres a lack of preparation" with his struggling team. That came on the heels of Bryan Murray taking the unusual step of going into the locker room at the Prudential Center and addressing the players himself. TORONTO -- The Stanley Cup final opens Wednesday in Chicago as the Blackhawks host the Boston Bruins. Here are five storylines to watch in the seven-game series: 1. Original Six returns Its the first time two Original Six teams are meeting in the Stanley Cup final since the Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Rangers in 1979. Its also the first time two of the past three champions will play for the Cup since the Canadiens beat the Philadelphia Flyers in 1976. More than anything else, Boston and Chicago being back in the final speaks to the revitalization of two historic hockey towns that until recently, hadnt experienced this kind of success in decades. The Bruins last title before 2011 came in 1972, and the Blackhawks last before 2010 came in 1961. Winning makes up for a lot of lost time, and since then Bostons TD Garden and Chicagos United Center have featured sellout crowds and electric atmospheres. And while the careers of Bobby Orr and Bobby Hull made for plenty of Bruins and Blackhawks history, its the first time these teams are facing each other in a Cup final. For just the third time in major North American sports history, teams from Chicago and Boston will play for a championship. 2. Conn Smythe watch David Krejci is scoring at a remarkable pace, but hes still not the Conn Smythe front-runner for the Bruins. Krejci leads all players with nine goals and 21 points and Nathan Horton has 17 points of his own, but goaltender Tuukka Rask has been Bostons standout performer. Rask has a playoff-best .943 save percentage and two shutouts, and he stifled the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference final. Following in the path of 2011 Conn Smythe-winner Tim Thomas, Rask is the reason the Bruins have got this far. From Chicagos end, its a wide-open race. Goalie Corey Crawfords numbers arent far behind Rasks, including a 1.74 goals-against average and .935 save percentage. His play hasnt earned him as much acclaim as Rask, but Crawford outduelled Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings and has done everything asked of him so far. Still, dont forget about Patrick Sharp (14 points), Marian Hossa (14 points) and Bryan Bickell (eight goals), any of whom could earn the trophy with a strong series. 3. Goalie change Rask was on the bench two years ago when Thomas carried the Bruins to the Stanley Cup with a 1.98 goals-against average and .940 save percentage. A year earlier, Rask was on the hook as the starter when the Bruins blew a 3-0 series lead to the Flyers in the Easttern Conference semifinals. Pat ODonnell Jersey. . With Thomas taking a year off and being shipped to the New York Islanders for some welcome salary-cap relief, its Rasks job as Anton Khudobin serves as the backup. Rask has a ring from 2011, but its not the same as winning the Cup as the No. 1 guy. Crawford doesnt have a ring from 2010, when he was the third goaltender watching Antti Niemi win the Cup for the Blackhawks. Crawford lost his two previous series before this years playoffs, stumbling to a sub-.900 save percentage in last seasons loss to the Phoenix Coyotes. But after splitting duties with Ray Emery during the regular season, Crawford has the reins for the Blackhawks in the post-season. He could start making a nice career for himself like Niemi after this impressive run. 4. Power outage The Bruins and Blackhawks have plenty of offensive firepower, but the conference finals didnt feature a whole lot of anything on the power play. Even in breezing into the Cup final, Boston and Chicago combined to go 1-for-27 on the power play in the last round. The Blackhawks were 1-for-14, while the Bruins were 0-for-13. Credit Quick and the Penguins Tomas Vokoun for some of that, but getting the power play back on track may be key in a series that could have a shortage of goals. For Boston, it starts from the point. Rookie defenceman Torey Krug has a team-best three power-play goals despite playing in just nine games. The Blackhawks count on Hossa, who has three, and on their penalty kill to stifle opposing power plays. Chicago has allowed just three power-play goals on 58 chances, good for 94.8 per cent. 5. Chara effect Few defencemen can change the complexion of a game or series like the six-foot-nine Chara, who, despite a lack of mind-blowing stats, should be a Norris Trophy finalist every year. Chara skates almost 30 minutes a game and is a factor in every situation. Along with Rask, he played a huge role in the Bruins holding Penguins stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to zero points. The Blackhawks depth will test the Bruins, but Chara and Dennis Seidenberg thrive on heavy workloads. Unless coach Joel Quenneville can design a way to free his top players from Charas suffocating presence in the defensive zone, its a tall task to beat the Bruins. And Chara is a factor offensively, as well. He has two goals and nine assists in these playoffs, and his blistering slapshot engenders plenty of fear. Fear of Charas impact, on both ends of the ice, is well-deserved. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '