Only two teams remain in the hunt for the 2014 Stanley Cup, as the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings are set to meet in the finals.
The two teams have never met in the finals, and they haven’t seen each other up close in over six months. New York won on the road in L.A. in their second game of the season. Six weeks later, the Kings returned the favor with a shutout victory at Madison Square Garden.
Neither team has had an easy road through in the playoffs. Los Angeles has taken all three series to seven games, winning each deciding contest on the road. On Sunday, the Kings got an overtime victory in Chicago against the defending champs.
The Rangers needed seven games to get out of the first two rounds, and trailed the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in the conference semifinals. Against the Montreal Canadiens, New York closed out the series in six games.
Seats are available for all games on the secondary ticket market, but fans looking to get tickets will have to spend a lot of money. The Rangers return to Madison Square Garden in Game Three, where the cheapest seat is going for over $1,000 at StubHub. Tickets for the games in L.A. are a lot cheaper. Fans can see the opener in person for as little as $409.99.
At Tiq IQ, the average price of a ticket for the first New York home game is $2,462. The average ticket price for Game One is about half that.
Game 1: Wednesday, June 4 at Los Angeles, 8 p.m. ET, NBC
Game 2: Saturday, June 7 at Los Angeles, 7 p.m. ET, NBC
Game 3: Monday, June 9 at New York, 8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network
Game 4: Wednesday, June 11 at New York, 8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network
Game 5: Friday, June 13 at Los Angeles, 8 p.m. ET, NBC*
Game 6: Monday, June 16 at New York, 8 p.m. ET, NBC*
Game 7: Wednesday, June 18 at Los Angeles, 8 p.m. ET, NBC*
The Kings defeated the best that the West had to offer in the first three rounds. They got past the top two teams in their division, as well as a team that has won two of the last four titles. Both teams have great goaltenders with Jonathan Quick and Henrik Lundqvist in net. Los Angeles has the edge with home-ice advantage and a deeper roster. They could cap their improbable postseason run with yet another Game Seven victory.
Kings in seven