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.
First NY-LA final in the 4 major sports since Yankees-Dodgers in 1981 (also '63, '77, '78). Also Knicks-Lakers 1970, '72, '73. @NYRangers
— Kenny Albert (@KennyAlbert) June 2, 2014
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