5 Reasons Why the New York Rangers Will Win the 2014 Stanley Cup

5 Reasons Why the New York Rangers Will Win the 2014 Stanley Cup

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Although the Rangers have been dubbed the underdog once again, the team seems to be embracing it going into their first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years. Here are five reasons why they will overcome the odds.

5. It's Their Time

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5. It's Their Time

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After years of being the team that always came up short, the New York Rangers finally have achieved the proper balance. New head coach Alain Vigneault is a more rational and respectable alternative to the short-tempered John Tortorella. Additionally the young players such as Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan are coming into their own while veterans such as Henrik Lundqvist and Brad Richards are still near the top of their game.

4. Jonathan Quick has Given Up More Goals than Henrik Lundqvist

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4. Jonathan Quick has Given up More Goals than Henrik Lundqvist

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Jonathan Quick has allowed 20-more goals than Henrik Lundqvist in the postseason (11 more goals than Lundqvist in the Conference Finals).

3. The Kings Have Had a 7-Game Series Each Round

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3. The Kings Have Had a 7-Game Series Each Round

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The Los Angeles Kings may have only played one more game than the New York Rangers this postseason, but the rest advantage slants heavily in favor of the Rangers. The Los Angeles Kings have gone into overtime four times this postseason and played a total of 43 overtime minutes. Additionally, the Los Angeles Kings punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final three days later than the Rangers.

2. What Haven't the Rangers Overcome this Season?

New York Rangers Coach Alain Vigneault
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2. What Haven't the Rangers Overcome this Season?

New York Rangers Coach Alain Vigneault
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You name it, this team has dealt with it and triumphed. From adjusting to a new head coach who was the polar opposite of their previous coach, to injured superstars, trading their captain, the death of Martin St. Louis' mother and a 3-1 deficit against the Penguins -- the New York Rangers have shown the resiliency to persevere in the 2013-14 season.

1. Henrik Lundqvist

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1. Henrik Lundqvist

Henrik Lundqvist Celebrating
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It might be good to be the king, but it's great to have King Henrik between the pipes for the Stanley Cup Final.

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