- 05/20/2012, 01:22AM ET
Briefcase Joe said 05/20, 01:22 AM
The facts speak for themselves. They've swept the number 1 and number 2 seeds, and are on the verge of sweeping the number 3 seed in the Western Conference. In fact, they are the only 8th seeded in the entire history of the league to take out both the number 1 and number 2 seeds.
I'm also betting on the Rangers to take the East, which means that should LA win the cup they will have gone through the hardest possible path in terms of seeds (1-2-3-1).
Look at the lineup as well, they didn't have a 30 goal scorer, nor a number one centre for 3/4 of the season. They just nudged out Dallas for the final playoff spot... these guys define underdogs, and are just 5 wins away from completing the job
[Mahewman]Big Bad Bruins said 05/20, 03:58 AM
Now, i am assuming that your argument is as follows.
That you believe the LA KINGS would be the greatest UNDERDOG NHL stanley cup champions ever.
To discuss the Kings first. They were projected to be a top 10 team to start the season. With Richards, Kopitar, Doughty, Jack Johnson and Quick. They had a very solid core to build around. This was a high hope year.
Then the UNDERACHIEVE word was spoken all year and they battled into the 8th spot in an incredibly competitive western conference.
Now the difference in the NHL now and the NHL 50 years ago is the incredible parity. No league matches the NHL in parity. Any team in the NHL can beat any team on any given night, which is why they play the games.
Considering the league wide skill level. We are seeing more and more upsets and hot streaks than EVER.
Truly a beautiful thing.
So my pick is from 1945. When the 24-22 Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the 38-8 Montreal Canadiens in a 7 game series. All four games they won were via 1 goal fashion.
The point differential alone was larger and they only played 50 games back then.
No one gave them a chance to win.
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