The New York Rangers may be in the Stanley Cup Final, but there is no way they will actually win Lord Stanley’s Cup. Us Rangers’ fans can hope all we want but it is just not going to happen. If you don’t believe me then you obviously have not been watching the Western Conference Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings.
If the Rangers face the Blackhawks, the Rangers’ defense will not be able to contain Blackhawks’ captain Jonathan Toews and forwards Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, and the rest. Oh, and let us not forgot about their great defensemen of Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, and pretty much anyone the Blackhawks decide to implement into their roster.
If the Rangers face the Kings, the Rangers will face many of the same challenges. The Rangers’ defense will not be able to contain Kings’ captain Dustin Brown and forwards Anze Kopitar, Marian Gaborik, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, and the like. Also, like the Blackhawks, let’s not forget about the Kings’ great defensemen of Drew Doughty, Slava Voynov, and the rest of the Kings’ blue-liners.
You can say the Rangers would have the edge in goaltending against the Blackhawks, as Henrik Lundqvist is better than Corey Crawford, but the Blackhawks huge advantage in offense would make the difference against the Rangers in that series. You could not say the same about the Kings, as Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick are about dead even, but what you can say is once again the offense of the Kings would make the difference against the Rangers in that series.
Bottom line, the Rangers are clearly at a disadvantage against both the Blackhawks and Kings, which is why the Rangers will fail to capture the Stanley Cup this season no matter the opponent.