If someone would have told me two months ago that the NHL Eastern Conference Finals had the New York Rangers up two games to one over the New Jersey Devils; I would have said “okay” no big surprise there. The Rangers had the best record in the Eastern Conference and the number one seed. As far as the Devils go, no matter where the Devils are seeded (number six), it’s hard to bet against the 40 year old future hall of famer Marty Brodeur. At least the early cup favorite Pittsburgh Penguins weren’t in it.
Now if someone would have told me that the LA Kings had a three game to none lead over the Phoenix Coyotes, I would have said “what do you mean? No Vancouver, no Detroit, no San Jose?” Where in God’s name did the number eight Western Conference seeded LA Kings come from? They are 10-1 in the post season thus far this year. They are a whopping 7-0 on the road, and 3-1 at home. The beat the President Cup winning Vancouver in five, the number two seed St. Louis Blues 4-0 and now are up 3-0 on the Western Conference Pacific Division regular season winners Phoenix Coyotes 3-0.
Now the Coyotes being in the final four is a surprise in itself. It is the first time since the Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes have made the final four. They came into the NHL during the 1979-1980 season when the NHL expanded and took four teams from the now defunct WHA.
With the New York Rangers up 2-1 on the New Jersey Devil; it is of my humble opinion that this local series (arenas are 13 miles apart) will go seven games. It will be a hard fought battle, but I think the Rangers will win. But its hard to pick against three time Stanley Cup winner Marty Brodeur.
When you think of LA, you think of movie stars and rich people. But the Kings of tinsle town look far from movie stars. They are the hardest working group of players I have seen since the 1995 cup winning Devils. Although it looks very likely that the Kings will prevale and go to the finals for the first time since 1993; it’s still hard to pick aginst the Rangers or Devils.
I still think who ever wins between the Rangers and Devils will win the cup. I hope the Rangers and Kings meet up. It will be a good thing for hockey to have the two biggest markets in the county to meet up. An LA/New York series would be great. GO KINGS>>>>>>>>>>>>>….
PS-Thanks to the fine coverage of NBC sports, I have now watched 62 games. I don’t know what my record is, but it’s got to be it.