2014 Stanley Cup PlayoffsDownload App

Stanley Cup 2014: TV Schedule Info for Rangers vs. Kings NHL Final

Sep 27, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA;  New York Rangers forward Brandon Mashinter (40) looks to evade Los Angeles Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell (33) during an NHL preseason game at MGM Grand Garden Arena. The Kings won the game 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
USA TODAY Sports
David DanielsSenior Writer IJune 3, 2014

An upset should shock no one in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

Neither the Los Angeles Kings nor New York Rangers finished with the best record in their division during the regular season. They beat the odds, though, advancing all the way to the championship series.

New York is appearing in its first Stanley Cup Final since 1994. Los Angeles just won it in 2012, and the Kings are 20-33 favorites to triumph again, according to Odds Shark. Here's how to watch to see whether they'll live up to expectations or if the Rangers will finish their season with a surprise.

2014 Stanley Cup Finals Schedule
GameDateTime (ET)HomeAwayNetwork
1Wed., June 48 p.m.LANYNBC
2Sat., June 77 p.m.LANYNBC
3Mon., June 98 p.m.NYLANBCSN
4Wed., June 118 p.m.NYLANBCSN
5*Fri., June 138 p.m.LANYNBC
6*Mon., June 168 p.m.NYLANBC
7*Wed., June 188 p.m.LANYNBC
*If necessary

Kathy Willens/Associated Press

It's no wonder the Kings are favored to win the Stanley Cup.

They surrendered the fewest goals in the NHL during the regular season. Their offense heated up at the right time, scoring 3.5 goals per game in the playoffs. And they have more Final experience.

However, New York has a player capable of taking over the series: Henrik Lundqvist. NESN's Dale Arnold thinks so:

Jonathan Quick won Stanley Cup Final MVP in 2012. But even after anchoring the best defense in hockey during the regular season, the goalie on the other end of the rink is the series' most important player.

This postseason, Lundqvist leads all goaltenders with a .928 save percentage. He's also second to Tuukka Rask with a 2.03 goals-against average, and he's entering the Final at his best, having shut out the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final to clinch the series.

Quick only has a .906 save percentage and 2.86 goals-against average, and he'll be facing an offense that scored more goals this season than his did.

The Kings deserve to be favored. But like the rest of their playoff series this year, this one will be long and hard-fought. 

 

David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report and editor at Wade-O Radio.

 

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Download
Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices