New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings: Keys to Winning 2014 Stanley Cup Final

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New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings: Keys to Winning 2014 Stanley Cup Final
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Puck drop for the 2014 Stanley Cup final comes Wednesday, and the series features two very different teams going head-to-head for the NHL championship.

The Los Angeles Kings are the big Western Conference powerhouse that is trying to claim a second Cup in three seasons. The New York Rangers are the obvious underdogs that are seeking a first title in 20 years after last appearing in the final in 1994.

They both feature proven veterans. The Rangers have a couple of former champs in ex-Tampa Bay Lightning leaders Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis. The Kings return much of the core that claimed it all in 2012.

The goaltenders are equally capable of stealing games or a series. Henrik Lundqvist is looking to create a legacy with the one thing that has escaped him through his Hall of Fame-worthy career. Jonathan Quick is hoping to rebound from an inconsistent postseason to win the only thing that matters.

Here are the keys to victory for both teams.

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