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Kings or Devils will be the lowest seed ever to win Cup

May 26, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

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This is the first time in the history of the NHL that a sixth seed team has faced an eighth seed squad in the Stanley Cup finals.

Regardless of who wins in the finals – be it the New Jersey Devils or Los Angeles Kings – they will be the lowest seed team to ever raise the Stanley Cup. The current and soon to be dethroned holder of that distinction is the 1995 New Jersey Devils. They won it all after capturing the fifth seed.

From now on any GM or owner that says that anything can happen in the playoffs will be referencing the 2012 Kings and Devils, but of course, these aren’t your typical low seed teams.

The Devils played in the incredibly rough Atlantic Division and were ultimately just seven points behind the top seed New York Rangers. Looking past their record, this is a team that features a ton of star talent, including Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise, and Patrik Elias, and, of course, future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur. On top of that they also have plenty of depth and a lot of key guys with playoff experience that they can lean on. Brodeur in particular is going for his fourth Stanley Cup.

The Los Angeles Kings snuck into the playoffs, but they always had a great team on paper. Like the Devils, they are led by a big name cast including Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Mike Richards, Drew Doughty, Jonathan Quick, and their big mid-season acquisition, Jeff Carter. However, it wasn’t until Darryl Sutter took over as their coach that they really started to click and as a result, their regular season record left something to be desired.

The Kings and Devils aren’t mediocre teams that managed to squeak into the playoffs and simply get lucky. These teams are evidence that, if you already have the framework of a great squad, you can accomplish tremendous things despite a low seed.

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - May 26, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Don’t forget the Flames were a 6 seed who won the cup in 04 after Marty Gelinas scored the winner in game 6, unfortunately the NHL decided not to review the play despite ABC clearly showing it was a goal!

  2. polegojim - May 26, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    So… then the Kings or Devils will be the lowest seed to actually WIN a Stanley Cup.

  3. zinfman - May 26, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    So the Colorado Rockies have the chance to defile Lord Stanley’s Cup in the Garbage State…LET’S GO KINGS!

  4. namriverrat69 - May 26, 2012 at 10:25 PM


    • blomfeld - May 27, 2012 at 1:29 AM

      YES ! … LONG LIVE THE KINGS !!!!!!!! :)

  5. capsrockva - May 26, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Go Devils. I have seen so many LA kings postings since the playoffs started & I have to wonder are they band wagon fans or diehards. I always support the caps and skins win or lose

    • blomfeld - May 27, 2012 at 1:40 AM

      “Earth to Capsrockva” ….

      With all due respect friend, are you feeling well ? I’ll have you know that many of us LA Kings fans have been supporting the cause for a very long time … in my case since 1973. However there are also many who’ve been supporting the cause for even longer … some right from the start, like the excellent blogger known as “namriverrat69” ! :) The bottom line is that the Goddess of Victory has “smiled” upon us Kings and therefore there can now be no stopping of us !

      GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Stiller43 - May 27, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Why the hell another Caps fan is commenting. They were gone in the 2nd round.

    • blomfeld - May 27, 2012 at 1:49 AM

      Well, at least Ovechkin is “holidaying” with a woman this time ! … :)

  7. sonofsuzycreamcheese - May 27, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    This will be an epic series. Can’t wait for Wednesday!

    • blomfeld - May 27, 2012 at 1:45 AM

      “It’s like waiting for Christmas eve !” …

      I’ve personally been a Kings’ fan since 1773 and I can guarantee you that just like me, the other 13,000,000,000 Kings’ fans worldwide are also counting down the nights too ! :)

      GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • geshtahl - May 27, 2012 at 2:03 AM

        I had no problem with your previous posts, but this one rode the hyperbole bus one stop too far. I think that the Devils will win in 6, but the Kings have more than a solid chance. No matter the outcome, this series will be good for the whole NHL!

  8. waking11 - May 27, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    A guy walks into a bar and says to the bartender “I’ll have an Ovechkin, please!” Bartender says “What the hell is an Ovechkin?” Guy replies “Oh, its a White Russian without a cup!”

  9. tackledummy1505 - May 27, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Blah blah blah, trap, blah blah blah, hold, blah blah blah hope for a turn over. This is what everyone will see in the Stanley Cup. The Devils live on the non interference calls and if the Kings can get 2 or 3 goals ahead the Devils will be done for

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