The Western Conference will win the Stanley Cup

Why the Cup will stay in the West

5/30/14 in NHL   |   patrickhoffman3530   |   122 respect

May 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya (27) battles for the puck with Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams (14) during the third period in game five of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY SportsOver the past several seasons, the Stanley Cup has been a mainstay in the Western Conference.

Since the 2005-06 season, only two Eastern Conference teams, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins have won hockey's Holy Grail, in 2009 and 2011, respectively. Every other season, however, the Cup has been in the West with the Anaheim Ducks, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks (twice) and the Los Angeles Kings.

Based on the way things have gone this postseason, it appears that it will stay that way. Sure, both the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens are very good hockey teams, but they do not hold a candle to either the Kings or Blackhawks.

For starters, both the Blackhawks and Kings have a lot of firepower and with their offense, could make it difficult for the Rangers or Canadiens to have to come back on a nightly basis. In fact, the Kings are first in the league in the postseason averaging 3.42 goals for per game.

The Kings' offense has been extremely potent this season. Guys like Anze Kopitar (five goals and 18 assists for 23 points), Jeff Carter (eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points), Marian Gaborik (11 goals and 7 assists for 18 points) and Justin Williams (six goals and nine assists for 15 points) have all been dangerous offensively in this year's playoffs and have shown no signs of slowing down.

Their opponent, the Blackhawks, also have a high octane offense. Jonathan Toews (eight goals and seven assists for 15 points), Patrick Kane (six goals and nine assists for 15 points), Marian Hossa (two goals and 12 assists for 14 points), and Brandon Saad (five goals and eight assists for 13 points), have all put up good numbers in the postseason this year and should they find a way to advance to the Stanley Cup Final, these forwards will all raise their game to another level offensively.

In looking at the Rangers and the Canadiens, their offenses would have trouble matching that of the Kings or Blackhawks. The leading scorer for the Blueshirts in the postseason has just 13 points (Martin St. Louis), while the leading scorer for the Habs in this year's playoffs is actually defenseman P.K. Subban, who has 14 points (five goals and nine assists for 14 points).

Secondly, it can be said that the Kings and Blackhawks are two of the best teams in all of hockey. Yes, all of the four teams in this article finished in the top 12 in the league during the regular season, but this is more than just he numbers.

Both the Kings and Blackhawks have a lot more depth than the Rangers and Canadiens. Sure, both the Rangers and Canadiens can roll four lines, but in looking at each and every line for all four clubs, both the Kings and Blackhawks possess a lot more talent on their third and fourth lines than the Blueshirts and Habs.

This is not to say that the Rangers and Canadiens don't have guys that can produce in their bottom six. Rather, it is the name and talent of the players that is greater on the Kings and Blackhawks.

Lastly, both the Kings and Blackhawks have each won Cups in the last four seasons. The Kings won it in 2012 while the Blackhawks won it in both 2010 and last season.

Obviously, the playoffs are all about the here and now but past experience does matter. In the last four seasons, both the Kings and Blackhawks have gone deep in the playoffs several times and know what it takes to win it all.

The Rangers and Canadiens have obviously won the Cup before, they have not made it to the Final since 1994 and 1993, respectively. There teams have changed in a big way over the last four seasons while the Kings and Blackhawks have done everything they can to keep the same consistent and winning group together.

While the Rangers and Canadiens will be a formidable foe for either the Kings or Blackhawks, the Cup should stay in the West when all is said and done.

This is not to say that the Rangers and Canadiens don't have guys that can produce in their bottom six. Rather, it is the name and talent of the players that is greater on the Kings and Blackhawks.

Lastly, both the Kings and Blackhawks have each won Cups in the last four seasons. The Kings won it in 2012 while the Blackhawks won it in both 2010 and last season.

Obviously, the playoffs are all about the here and now but past experience does matter. In the last four seasons, both the Kings and Blackhawks have gone deep in the playoffs several times and know what it takes to win it all.

The Rangers and Canadiens have obviously won the Cup before, they have not made it to the Final since 1994 and 1993, respectively. There teams have changed in a big way over the last four seasons while the Kings and Blackhawks have done everything they can to keep the same consistent and winning group together.

While the Rangers and Canadiens will be a formidable foe for either the Kings or Blackhawks, the Cup should stay in the West when all is said and done.
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5/30/14   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

Not only that, but the Kings and Hawks aren't even the best the west had to offer.  They were merely the 5th and 6th best teams in the west.  Any of the other west playoff teams would have given the Rangers a tough go. 
Anyway...  No matter who wins the West this is yet another final that carries with it no rooting interest.  Impossible to pull for any of the teams involved.