There is no denying that this playoff run that the New York Rangers have been on has been nothing short of spectacular. Glorious is another great word to describe it. Unfortunately, the Rangers face a beast in the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals that will rain on their parade. Actually, the Kings will steal the parade from the Rangers and their fans.
It really would not have mattered who the Rangers would face in the Stanley Cup Finals — whether it was the Kings or the Chicago Blackhawks — because both teams are far superior than the Rangers. If you do not believe me, just take a gander at both teams’ rosters.
The Kings, and likewise the Blackhawks, have the advantage over the Rangers in having more skilled forwards, better offensive and defensive defensemen, better depth on all four scoring lines, and more physicality throughout the lineup.
The Rangers may have the slight edge in goaltending over the Kings, with Henrik Lundqvist being arguably better than Jonathan Quick, but if the Rangers cannot find ways to penetrate the Kings’ stout defense and put pucks past Quick, it will not matter how good Lundqvist plays between the pipes because the Rangers will lose the games regardless.
The Rangers’ chances in this year’s Stanley Cup Finals, especially if you listen to the “experts,” are slim to none. However, this is why the games are played as champions are not crowned on paper. While I do believe the Kings will win this series and be hoisting the Cup in a week or so, you do not know anything for sure until the games are officially over.