Round Up: Stanley Cup Final Predictions

Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 10:41 AM / Los Angeles Kings | News
By Alex Kinkopf  - LAKings.com
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Round Up: Stanley Cup Final Predictions
We\'ve scoured the internet to see who the professionals pick in the LA vs New York series.


WHO: THE HOCKEY WRITERS - WALTER MCLAUGHLIN
THE PICK:
KINGS - 5 REASONS WHY
 

BACK IT UP: “For the most part, these Kings have played together for years and have developed outstanding chemistry. By act, attitude and deed, it shows. It took General Manager Dean Lombardi eight years to build this Kings team. It will take about two weeks to see if he’s built his second champion in three seasons.”

 
WHO: BLEACHER REPORT – JOSEPH ZUCKER
THE PICK: KINGS IN 6

BACK IT UP: “Lundqvist will do his best to keep the Rangers in the series, but eventually, he's bound to have a hiccup or two, and when that happens, the Kings will go in for the kill.”

 
WHO: ESPN – BARRY MELROSE
THE PICK: 6 GAMES, BUT WHO?


No one will ever know…

 
WHO: THE HOCKEY WRITERS - ANDREW FORBES
THE PICK: KINGS IN 6


 
BACK IT UP: “Throughout the regular season, it was pretty apparent that the Western Conference has a step up on teams from the East. The Stanley Cup Final shouldn't be any different. While the Rangers have opened games with more of an offensive push, the Los Angeles Kings have played the "waiting game" the entire playoffs - sitting back defensively until a hole opens for them to strike. On top of that, the Kings have much more team experience in the Cup Final with the core of their team remaining the same from their 2012 Stanley Cup win.”

WHO: NHL.COM


 

WHO: ESPN.COM


 

WHO: FOX SPORTS WEST
THE PICK: KINGS IN 6

Gallery: Rangers-Kings Stanley Cup Final preview


BACK IT UP: “Kings in 6. You can’t expect them to sweep or win in five – that’s just too easy – but the Western Conference is far deeper than its counterpart and the way the Kings dispatched three of the top teams in the league shows that they’re ready to return the Stanley Cup to the Southland.”

WHO: ESPN – PIERRE LEBRUN
THE PICK: KINGS IN 7


Cup finals preview: Kings-Rangers
 
BACK IT UP: “I would have predicted a five-game win for the Kings had they taken care of business in Game 6 at home against the Blackhawks. Instead, the Kings were taxed to the limit by Chicago, had to fly to Chicago and back, and poured every ounce they had in finishing off the Blackhawks. I feel better about New York making this a series because of it. Still ... West is best. Kings in 7.

WHO: THE HOCKEY NEWS – RORY BOYLEN
THE PICK: KINGS IN 6


Stanley Cup final preview: New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings
 
BACK IT UP: “With all the comebacks, big-game wins and bounce-back performances Los Angeles has experienced this post-season, we may be witnessing the best (or at least the most exciting) playoff run of all-time. And now it comes down to this: New York vs. Los Angeles, a dream matchup for the NHL. KINGS IN 6”

 

WHO: LOS ANGELES REGISTER – RICH HAMMOND
THE PICK: KINGS IN 7


Kings-Rangers: How they match up

BACK IT UP: “Believe it or not, some pundits are predicting that this series will only go five or six games. What have they been watching? The Kings do things the hard way, and so do the Rangers, who needed seven games to win each of their first two rounds, then six games to beat Montreal in the Eastern Conference final. After a wild series against Chicago, the Kings should return to form in a tight-checking, low-scoring series against the Rangers. The popular sentiment seems to be that the Kings will easily dismiss the Rangers, but don’t count out this deep, veteran team.”

 
WHO: USA TODAY – KEVIN ALLEN
THE PICK: KINGS IN 7


BACK IT UP: “The Kings' offense, which is scoring a playoff-high 3.48 goals per game, is dynamic enough to carry the day. They're able to rally when falling behind, either in a game or a series. They're brimming with confidence. Winning three consecutive Game 7s will do that.”


WHO: USA TODAY – MIKE BREHM
THE PICK: KINGS IN 7


BACK IT UP: “This is a classic battle between strong offense and shutdown defense. The Kings' superior power play will be the difference.”


WHO: USA TODAY – JIMMY HASCUP
THE PICK: RANGERS IN 7


BACK IT UP: “The Kings have two horses in center Anze Kopitar and defenseman Drew Doughty that the Rangers will have their hands full containing and depth down the middle that is unparalleled. However, the Rangers have shown that their structure, team speed (especially on the wings) and group defense gives them a chance to win and the ability to shut down the league's best (see Sidney Crosby and P.K. Subban). The biggest difference for me is the goaltending. The Kings' Jonathan Quick continues to get the benefit of the doubt despite his subpar numbers since his 2012 Conn Smythe/Cup-winning season. He posted a .915 save percentage this season and has a .906 mark during the postseason. The Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist is simply better: He has a .928 SV% in the playoffs, after recording a .920 mark during the regular season.”
 

WHO: STEVE DANGLE