This year’s Stanley Cup final consists of two teams who were neither considered powerhouses, nor obvious playoff contenders during the regular season. And then the unexpected.
The No. 8 team from the Western Conference and the No. 6 team from the Eastern Conference claimed the title of championship finalists. And this ice looks like an even playing field. Both teams have been to the final Cup before. Both teams are lower-seeded teams that beat out the top seeds. Both teams have a lot to prove. And to be honest, both teams could really use a victory. L.A. just got tossed out from further advancement in the NBA playoffs. And New Jersey...well New Jersey has not really had anything going on for a while.
This year, the Stanley Cup could be the saving grace—that shining chalice of hope in an otherwise disappointing hometown.
But there are three key reasons why the Devils have a better chance of bringing the famous cup home to New Jersey.