So, the Kings and the Devils? That's who made it to the Finals this year.
But they still had trouble scoring. Defensively, the Kings were spectacular. Jonathan Quick had a Vezina-worthy year with thirty-five wins and ten shutouts. Ten shutouts. Pretty impressive for a team that has a very unheralded defense.
Then there was the trade that brought Jeff Carter to the team. And scoring became a little easier. But still, seeing them in the SCF is still a little surprising. It is important how and when a team gets hot. Obviously.
The Devils are led by Zach Parise who sometimes seems to just score through sheer will and work ethic. He is an awesome leader and someone that the team can follow and believe in. He is the emotional and offensive center of the team.
Martin Brodeur is absolutely unstoppable at times. He is ageless and still can stack the pads with the best of them. We think the Stanley Cup Finals makes him young or something because he's playing like a youngster, not a forty-year-old.
You can't count them out of course because it's the Devils and Parise and they have a couple of guys on their team that know what overtime is and how to score big goals (ex. Henrique, Adam and Sykora, Petr.)
Everyone's been asking us who we think will win and for some reason, we just can't give a straight answer.
But if you really pressed us, we would go with the Los Angeles Kings because of so many things. Such as Drew Doughty being a beast and Jonathan Quick making a lot of saves and the heart n soul leadership of Dustin Brown.
Kings in seven. That's our story and we're sticking to it.