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Can The LA Kings Repeat As Champs?

Best Bets To Win the 2014-15 Stanley Cup

The NHL kicked off this week with a big surprise already. On the night that Los Angeles raised their 2013 – 2014 NHL Stanley Cup banner, San Jose beat L.A. 4 to 0. Already with a humbling experience for the defending champions, does L.A. have what it takes to repeat and bring home the Stanley Cup again?

The Western Conference is absolutely loaded again this season. Only two teams from the East figure to challenge for the right to play against the best from the West this season, Pittsburgh and Boston, but we’ll throw a couple of long shots in the mix for our readers.

The Top 4 in the West are all legitimate contenders for the Cup this season. Let’s get right to it!

Best Bets To Win the 2014-15 Stanley Cup

Eastern Conference

  1. Boston Bruins +800 – Boston won its home opener 2 to 1 versus the Philadelphia Flyers on opening night. They lost a 7-game heartbreaker last season against their biggest rivals, the Montreal Canadians, and they have lost a couple of key pieces for this season in Jarome Iginla and Johnny Boychuk, but they can still win the Cup. The defense is anchored by the fantastic Zdeno Chara and Vezina trophy winner Tuuka Rask is still in goal. Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci will have to carry the scoring load.
  2. New York Rangers +1800 – The Rangers season ended with a 1 to 4 loss in the Stanley Cup Finals to the Los Angeles Kings. They played well in the Finals, though, pushing the Kings to overtime in three of the losses. Henrik Lundqvist is a future hall-of-famer and they’ve got a great guy on the wing in Rick Nash. Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard will help the Rangers score while Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal will keep pucks away from Lundqvist. This team is formidable.
  3. Pittsburgh Penguins +1000 – The Penguins have a new offensive theory, puck possession. That could bode well for Sidney Crosby, still the most talented player in NHL, and the other skill guys: Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang. The goalie is terrific, Marc-Andre Fleury, but too often he was put into precarious positions due to the Penguins aggressive goal scoring nature. If the puck possession idea works, then Pittsburgh could contend in the East.
  4. Tampa Bay Lightning +1400 – It’s tough not to put Montreal on the list, but the Canadians swept Tampa Bay last season when Tampa was without star goalie Ben Bishop. With the 6’ 7”, 27-year-old Bishop in goal, who knows how that series would have ended? Steven Stamkos is only 24-years-old, but has the ability, should he not get injured again, to win an MVP. Tampa Bay could really sneak up on some teams this season.

Western Conference

  1. Chicago Blackhawks +700 – The Blackhawks have won 2 Stanley Cups in the past 5 seasons. That’s impressive. Not only that, but they return the same core group of guys that led to a scintillating Western Conference Finals last season this season. They’re tied with the Kings in the sports books to win the Cup. Can anybody argue with that logic? Jonathan Towes in center and Patrick Kane on the right will make sure that the ‘Hawks get back into the Western Conference Finals. From there, it all depends on how the puck lands. A few lucky bounces from the puck against the Kings last season and Chicago would have taken the series.
  2. Los Angeles Kings +700 – The Kings are an overlay, their odds are lower than they should be, to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions this season. Don’t get me wrong, this team is absolutely fantastic. It plays defense as well as any team in NHL, Patrick Quick in goal is as good as any goalie in the league, and the defense lost only one regular in Willie Mitchell. But no team has repeated as Stanley Cup champions since the Red Wings did it in 1997 and 1998.

  3. San Jose Sharks +1300 – The Sharks started out the season on a high note when thumping Los Angeles 4 to 0. Yes, it was the first game of the regular season, but the Sharks made a terrific statement. San Jose had a 3 to 0 lead in the first round of their series against the Kings last season only to lose 4 in a row. The team has what it takes to win the West and center Tommy Wingels already has 2 goals after only the first game.

  4. Anaheim Ducks +1000 – After pushing the Kings to 7 games in the second round last season, the Ducks have every right to expect to be one of the top squads in the entire league this season. The key for Anaheim was to secure someone that could open things up for Ryan Getzlaf on the offensive end. They did so when they acquired Ryan Kesler. Anaheim is yet another power house team in the Western Conference that could win the Stanley Cup in the 2014 – 2015 NHL Season.
Who Will Win The 2014 Stanley Cup?

Who Will Win The 2014 Stanley Cup?

Welcome to the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs!

The Los Angeles Kings are a -175 money line betting favorite over the New York Rangers to win the Stanley Cup and are a 10-1 shot for to win the Cup in a 4 game sweep.

Never before has a team won the Stanley Cup after going a full tilt of seven games in both of the first two rounds of the NHL playoffs. This year that will change as both the Kings and Rangers went the full seven games in both of their first two playoff rounds.

Let’s take a deeper look to see how these two teams match up. In the last 20 head-to-head matchups, since the 1997 season, these two teams have been come up even at 9-9-2. The Rangers and Kings also split their 2013-14 season series at one game a piece with the road team winning each time.

The UNDER, for those who love the NHL game total betting odds, is 3-1-1 in the last five games between these two since 2010. Click here for more NHL betting odds.

Now let’s take a look at the complete 2014 Stanley Cup Finals TV schedule as well as a look at which of the finalists has the edge in the series.

Stanley Cup Finals Schedule
Game Date Home Team Time (ET) TV
1 Wednesday, June 4 Los Angeles 8 p.m. NBC
2 Saturday, June 7 Los Angeles 7 p.m. NBC
3 Monday, June 9 New York 8 p.m. NBCSN
4 Wednesday, June 11 New York 8 p.m. NBCSN
5* Friday, June 13 Los Angeles 8 p.m. NBC
6* Monday, June 16 New York 8 p.m. NBC
7* Wednesday, June 18 Los Angeles 8 p.m. NBC

* if necessary

Who Will Win the 2014 Stanley Cup? The Kings Or The Rangers?

So who has the edge? Both teams have been evenly matched up since the late 90s. Both teams have strong goaltenders that keep the games low scoring. Both teams have the talent and depth. Both team have the experience. Both team have smart coaching.

The Los Angeles Kings have seemingly looked every reason to lose in the eye and kept moving forward. The Kings are the first team in NHL history to win three Game 7s on the road to advance to the Stanley Cup final with wins against San Jose, Anaheim, and Chicago.

Now they have home ice advantage against the New York Rangers.

New York has been equally resilient this postseason. Newly acquired winger Martin St. Louis has served as a leader on and off the ice, a behemoth on the stat sheet and now an emotional inspiration. The team has lost just twice in its last nine games since learning about the death of St. Louis’ mother, France, on May 8. He has registered a point in six of those nine games, including a game-winner in overtime of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, his first since Tampa’s magical run in 2004.

On their trip to the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals, the Rangers knocked off the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7 in the first round and then beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in three consecutive games after falling down 1-3 in the best of seven series.

Personally I will be very disappointed if this series does not go the full seven games and with the way Rangers goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist has been playing this will end the 20 year Stanley Cup drought in NYC.

He has a .935 save percentage on 420 even-strength shots. No, it’s not Jonathan-Quick-in-2012-good (.946 EV save percentage), but then again, neither is Kings goalie Jonathan Quick these days.

The 2014 Stanley Cup Winner Will Be The New York Rangers In 7.

Rangers vs. Kings - Stanley Cup Finals Betting, Sked & TV Info

Rangers vs. Kings – Stanley Cup Finals Betting Odds, Sked & TV Info

The 2014 Stanley Cup Finals are set with a marquee matchup that has the NHL salivating.

It’s West Coast Vs. East Coast.

Gluten Free Kale Vs. Thin Crust Pepperoni.

Hollywood Vs. The Big Apple.

The Kings Vs. The Rangers.

The New York Rangers will storm the castle at the Stales Center to face-off against the Los Angeles Kings and do battle for hockey’s most hallowed trophy on Wednesday, June 4 in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Kings opened as -150 betting odds favorites to win the 2014 Stanley Cup over the New York Rangers who come in at +130 in their third ever meeting in the NHL Playoffs and the first series between the two since 1981. You can bet the cross country travel will be a factor, as both teams will have to travel more than 2,700 miles across the country more times than once if this series goes past four games.

“Do I feel that way, or do you feel that way?” Ranger Brad Richards said, pushing back against being set as the betting underdog. “You get this far, you’ve got a 50-50 chance to win it. That’s the way I’ve seen it my whole career. The whole underdog-favorite thing doesn’t really mean anything.”

The Rangers will be playing with a little more rest than their opponents after claiming the Eastern Conference title by eliminating Montreal in Game 6 on May 26th. While the Kings went the distance against Chicago with a 5-4 overtime win in Game 7 on June 1st.

Here’s the full series schedule with game times and TV info:

Game 1: Wednesday, June 4 in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET. TV: NBC, CBC, RDS
Game 2: Saturday, June 7 in Los Angeles at 7 p.m. ET. TV: NBC, CBC, RDS
Game 3: Monday, June 9 in New York at 8 p.m. ET. TV: NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Game 4: Wednesday, June 11 in New York at 8 p.m. ET. TV: NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Game 5*: Friday, June 13 in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET. TV: NBC, CBC, RDS
Game 6*: Monday, June 16 in New York at 8 p.m. ET. TV: NBC, CBC, RDS
Game 7*: Wednesday, June 18 at 8 p.m. ET. TV: NBC, CBC, RDS