The time has finally come. Everything that these two teams have worked for the entire season long is going to come down to the outcome of the next seven games. The real question is, as history begins to weave its web, will it be the Los Angeles Kings or the New York Rangers that take the ice to hold Lord Stanley’s Cup high above their heads.
Each of these two teams has the things necessary to be considered a champion. Both the Kings and the Rangers have top tier talent on their rosters, both have championship experience, and most importantly, they both have a fiery passion inside of them. As I have said many times before, in situations like this, it is ultimately going to come down to which of these two teams wants it more.
On one hand, you have Jonathan Quick who just two seasons ago tasted victory when the Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils in order to win the Stanley Cup. There is no denying that he is one of the best goaltenders the National Hockey League has to offer.
On the other hand, you have players like right wing Martin St. Louis. Now, whether or not you agree with his decision to leave the Tampa Bay Lightning and join the ranks of the New York Rangers doesn’t change the fact that at his age, he is still one of the best well-rounded forwards in all the National Hockey League.
He tasted victory with the Bolts back in 2004, and as he nears the end of his playing career, one could only imagine that he would want to make one more run at the cup before he hangs up his skates for good.
These are obviously not the only two players on their respective teams with the drive and passion needed to achieve their team’s goal of hockey greatness; however, they are two shining examples of their team’s talent.
In just a few hours, the puck will drop on Game 1 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final and fans like us will get our first taste of what we can expect over the course of the next seven games.
Putting aside personal preferences and any potential player beefs, who do you think honestly has the best chance of hoisting the Stanley Cup this year? Let us know what you think in the comments below.