New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings set for Stanley Cup finals
The Rangers were NHL champions in 1994, when they downed the Vancouver Canucks 4-3, while the Kings won their maiden championship more recently in 2012.
The two sides’ paths to the Stanley Cup decider could barely have been more thrilling, with the Kings winning three road game sevens, while the Rangers also won two series-deciding games in the post-season.
The Kings’ play-off journey has been truly remarkable, as they trailed 3-0 in their Western Conference first round series with the San Jose Sharks – conceding 17 goals in that run of outs.
However, they bounced back to ship just five more for the remainder of the series as they stormed to a 4-3 series win.
Darryl Sutter’s men then led the trailed the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 before going on to win game seven 6-2 to advance.
The Kings then produced the mightiest of game seven comebacks when they thrice arrested a deficit to down the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime to claim the Western Conference title.
Alain Vigneault’s Rangers should be a fraction fresher for the finals, having wrapped up the Eastern Conference championship in six games over the Montreal Canadiens.
Of some concern to the Rangers is their home form, with two of their three Madison Square Garden clashes with the Canadiens decided in overtime and the other a narrow 1-0 victory.
Although, the Kings will have four matches at home should the series go the distance, with the Rangers only getting three as the LA team were the higher seeds.
The regular season record in 2013-14 between the two sides saw them split their fixtures 1-1, with the Rangers winning 3-1 in LA in October, while the Kings claimed their trip to New York 1-0 in November.
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