The Los Angeles Kings were supposed to be contenders when they began the NHL season. However, they failed to play well out of the gate and quickly fell out of the race. When the Kings barely made the playoffs as the eighth seed in the Western Conference, no one expected that they would make it to the Stanley Cup Final.
Everyone thought that the New Jersey Devils would make it past the Florida Panthers, but not a lot of people thought they would make it past the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers.
The 2012 edition of the Stanley Cup Final is definitely an unexpected matchup.
Over the years, there have been surprising teams that made the final. From eighth-seeded teams that found a way to make it past the first round and farther, to fourth-seeded to teams that defeated heavily favored defending champions on their way to the final.
Here are the 11 most surprising Stanley Cup finalists.