Game one of the Stanley Cup Finals between the New Jersey Devils and the Los Angeles Kings begins on Wednesday May 30th.
When the playoffs began almost two months back, nobody was expecting these two teams to reach the finals.
The New Jersey Devils were seeded sixth in the East. This will be the fifth time they have reached the finals since 1995 and they will be looking to obtain their fourth championship. The last time they won a Championship was in 2003 against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
The Los Angeles Kings are in the Finals for the first time since 1993 and were seeded at No. 8. The LA Kings defeated the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Vancouver Canucks, the second-seeded St. Louis Blues and the third-seeded Phoenix Coyotes – amazingly losing only twice. They’re a perfect 8-0 on the road this postseason.
Only one of these teams will prevail and hoist the coveted Stanley Cup. These two clubs met twice in October and New Jersey won both of the games.
New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur looks to become the oldest goalie to ever win the Stanley Cup.
The last time the Los Angeles Kings played in the Stanley Cup Final they were favoured to win it all but wound up losing to the Montreal Canadiens in five games. At that time, veteran goaltender Patrick Roy was the driving force for the Canadiens victory.
Although this time around they are not against Patrick Roy, but Martin Brodeur is another veteran goaltender who could be a significant road block for the Kings.