Out of the fire of two tightly-contested Game 7s, the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers are set to begin the Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center on Wednesday. One year removed from their championship run in 2012, Kings secured their Finals berth with a thrilling 5-4 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night. After three straight seven-game series, one has to wonder if the Kings will have anything left in the tank against a speedy Rangers squad that has been idling since their 1-0 Game 7 victory over the Canadiens last Thursday. The Kings will likely lean on their depth and championship experience to their advantage, as well as having home ice advantage.
The 2014 Stanley Cup Final schedule goes as follows (all times in EST):
Game 1: Wednesday, June 4 – NYR @ LAK, 8:00pm ET
Game 2: Saturday, June 7 – NYR @ LAK, 7:00pm ET
Game 3: Monday, June 9 – LAK @ NYR, 8:00pm ET
Game 4: Wednesday, June 11 – LAK @ NYR, 8:00pm ET
Game 5 (if necessary): Friday, June 13 – NYR @ LAK, 8:00pm ET
Game 6 (if necessary): Monday, June 16 – LAK @ NYR, 8:00pm ET
Game 7 (if necessary): Wednesday, June 18 – NYR @ LAK, 8:00pm ET
Who is your pick to win the Stanley Cup this year?