History will be made at this year’s Stanley Cup Final as no team has ever won the Cup after going seven games in each of their first two playoff series. That will change soon as both the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings did so to get to this point (in the Kings’ case their first three series went to seven games).
This will be the first time that these teams will meet in the Stanley Cup Final, with the Kings going off as a -165 favorite to win the series at America’s Bookie while the Rangers are at +145.
The Kings have looked like a team of destiny. They have been down, never out and always prevailed. Los Angeles looks to take home the Stanley Cup for the second time in franchise history after beating defending champion Chicago in a thrilling 5-4 overtime clash in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals.
The Rangers haven’t had many opportunities to lift the silver trophy. This will be their first Stanley Cup Final appearance since the 1993-94 season, when they beat the Canucks in seven games.
This promises to be one of the most memorable series in NHL history because of the way these teams have played so far and because of their 9-9-2 record against each other in 20 meetings since 1997.
The Rangers and Kings split their season series 1-1, with the road team winning each contest.
These two teams rely on defense and elite goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick, which proves that they’re built very similarly and that they’re evenly matched, so we can expect a close series.
Below are the complete odds to win the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals at America’s Bookie: