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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

Updated 2014 Stanley Cup Odds – Carey Price Out For Season

Updated 2014 Stanley Cup Odds – Carey Price Out For Season

The updated 2014 Stanley Cup odds have accounted for the depressing news that Carey Price is out for the season with an apparent knee injury suffered in the first game of the conference finals. It’s a massive blow to the Montreal Canadiens, who are now the longest shot to win out the rest of the season.

Updated 2014 Stanley Cup Odds

  • Chicago Blackhawks +125
  • New York Rangers +200
  • Los Angeles Kings +400
  • Montreal Canadiens +600

Obviously head coach Michel Therrian was frustrated by the incident. He addressed the loss of Carey Price to the media early on Monday morning after news broke out that his star goalie would no longer defend the crease for his team.

"Carey Price won’t be able to play, not only for tonight but for the rest of the series," said Therrien. "Really disappointed. He’s our best player.
"Looking at the incident, it’s a reckless play. That’s the truth. And Kreider, that’s not the first time he’s going at goalies. So we end up losing our best player, but our group faced a lot of adversity throughout the course of the season.” (Credit: Canadian Press)

If you watched the 7-2 throttling that Montreal suffered on Saturday, then you know that Peter Budaj is an awful goalie who isn’t worth holding Carey Price’s jock strap let along his starting spot. You couldn’t possible bet on the Habs with the updated 2014 Stanley Cup odds and hinge your hopes on Budaj. That would be outright stupidity.

Some might ask why Montreal never invested in a better backup when so many other teams seem to have one in the wings. The fact is that Montreal went all-in on Price, and knew they were never going to win the Stanley Cup without him.

There will be no love loss between the Rangers and Canadiens as they prepare to survive the rest of this series. I wouldn’t put it past Montreal to take a few cheap shots at Lundqvist. Knocking the Swedish stud out of his own crease might be the only way for Montreal to even the updated 2014 Stanley Cup odds against their opponents in the Eastern Conference Finals. However, it’s impossible to see Montreal advancing without Price.