Well most of the hockey experts including myself (no I’m a fan, not an expert) predicted that the much talented Pittsburgh Penguins would meet the also talented Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup Finals. Well the Philadelphia Flyers and the LA Kings gashed those plans out quickly in the first round. The Flyers took out Pittsburgh in six games, and the surprising Kings wiped out last year’s finalist, and this year’s President’s Trophy winners in five.
The Flyers who were physically and emotionally spent after their bout with the Pens went down in six to the surprising New Jersey Devils. The Devils took out the Southeast Division winning Florida Panthers in round one. It only took them five to eliminate the Flyers in round two. They took out the Eastern Conference regular season champ New York Rangers down in six. Thanks to some strong goaltending by the ageless wonder, 40 year old Marty Brodeur, and a strong work ethic, the Devils will host LA this Wednesday night at 8pm on NBC.
The survivors of the West, LA kings took out Vancouver in five, St. Louis in four, and Phoenix in five. They beat the number one, two and three seeded teams in the West. Their playoff record thus far is a whopping 12-2, and is 8-0 on the road. WOW!!!!!
This Stanley Cup should be called the Blue Collar Cup. The LA Kings are a hardworking, blue collar bunch that hardly resembles the talented laced LA King of 1993 who last went to the cup finals. That team included Wayne Gresky, and Kelly Hurdy. This bunch is led by Richards, and goalie Jonathon Quick.
The Devils have been in the league since they joined during the 1974-1975 season with the Washington Capitals as the Kansas City Scouts. After only a few years in KC, they moved to Denver as the Colorado Rockies. They left Colorado after the 1981-1982 season. The moved to New Jersey for the 1982-1983 season. The Devils won Stanley Cups in 1995 (Detroit Redwings in 4-0), 2000 (Dallas Stars 4-2), and 2003 over Anaheim Ducks in 7. They lost to the Colorado Avalanche in 2001 in 7 games.
The Kings have been in the league since the 1967-1968 season. They joined with Pittsburgh, St. Loius, California, Minnesota and Philadelphia. Only the Kings and Blues have yet to win a cup from that group. The California Golden Seals moved to Cleveland and then went defunct, they never won a cup.
Although I’m rooting for LA; I don’t believe their road winning streak will prevail. I think the Devils will win it in six.
Rest of Schedule Courtesy of NHL.com
Sat Jun 2, 2012 Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00 PM ET CBC,NBC,RDS
Mon Jun 4, 2012 New Jersey at Los Angeles 8:00 PM ET NBCSN
Wed Jun 6, 2012 New Jersey at Los Angeles 8:00 PM ET CBC,RDS,NBCSN
Sat Jun 9, 2012 Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00 PM ET CBC,NBC,RDS
Mon Jun 11, 2012 New Jersey at Los Angeles 8:00 PM ET CBC,NBC,RDS
Wed Jun 13, 2012 Los Angeles at New Jersey 8:00 PM ET CBC,NBC,RDS