Stanley Cup Final 2014: Biggest Storylines to Watch in Rangers vs. Kings

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Stanley Cup Final 2014: Biggest Storylines to Watch in Rangers vs. Kings
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Starting Wednesday, hockey fans will be treated to a rare playoff meeting between the two biggest hockey markets in the U.S. This time, it's for the ultimate prize.

The Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers have met just twice before in the postseason, with New York winning both times. The Rangers swept a best-of-three preliminary-round series with two wins in 1979, then delivered a 3-1 victory in a best-of-five matchup in 1981.

It's been a long road to the Stanley Cup Final for both teams this year.

The Kings will have home-ice advantage for the first time after winning three straight seven-game series on the road against the San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks.

The Rangers overcame a disastrous start to their season to finish second in the Metropolitan Division. They disposed of the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games each before a six-game Eastern Conference Final win over the Montreal Canadiens.

The Kings are favored in the Final, but in this unpredictable postseason, it might be best to reserve judgment until the games are played.

Here's a look at the biggest storylines of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

 

All stats courtesy of NHL.com.

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