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Reasons to root for the Kings, Devils in 2012 Stanley Cup finals

May 27, 2012, 8:02 PM EST

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When hockey fans pictured the 2012 Stanley Cup finals, it might not be crazy to say that none – or maybe .001 percent – saw New Jersey Devils vs. Los Angeles Kings coming. If you’re not a Kings/Devils fan (or a fan of one of their biggest rivals), you might need a reason to root for one of those teams. Here are four reasons to cheer for each squad.

Reasons to root for the Devils

  • Win it for MartyMartin Brodeur certainly doesn’t “need” another Stanley Cup ring to solidify his legacy. Still, it would be quite the feat for him to add No. 4 to his already-staggering resume.
  • Root for the suits - Peter DeBoer’s great work slips under the radar. Adam Oates is a potential future Hall of Famer who never got a ring during his playing days. Larry Robinson was the backbone of one of the best defense corps – and dynasties – in NHL history.
  • Keeping Zach – Sure, fans of the sport as a whole would probably love to soak in a Zach Parise sweepstakes, but there’s something to be said for a guy sticking with one team for his entire career. New Jersey’s chances of keeping Parise have probably already climbed considerably in the postseason, yet winning the Cup would make it especially difficult to leave.
  • Ilya’s moment - Ilya Kovalchuk probably won’t hear much about his lack of “clutchness” after this postseason; he currently leads all playoff scorers with 18 points. Still, actually raising the Cup would be a great counterpoint to a span that saw a lot of Russian players become scapegoats.

Reasons to root for the Kings

  • First time for everything – While the Devils hope to refer to the Brodeur era as a dynasty, the Kings shoot for their first-ever Cup victory. This might be their best chance to win it all since they came into the NHL in 1967.
  • Rewarding giggles - If you have a sense of humor, you have to love with the Kings’ PR staff has done during the playoffs. It almost makes you wonder what they’d do with the Cup in their grasp.
  • Move over, Kobe – The Staples Center rafters are more or less dominated by the Los Angeles Lakers, much like the sports fans’ attention in the area. It’s unlikely that one Cup would dethrone Kobe Bryant & Co., but it would at least give the Kings a slice.
  • Dean’s gamble - Chew on this: Kings GM Dean Lombardi’s job was on the line when he hired Darryl Sutter and traded for Jeff Carter. Those moves – and really, the entirety of his moves, even acquiring Dustin Penner – have paid off when he needed them to the most. It’s a strange case of patience turning into desperation yet with gambles paying off.

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Still not sure who to root for? If you’re an American hockey fan, don’t sweat it; a U.S.-born captain will hoist the silver chalice regardless of which team wins. Considering the appealingly aggressive style of both teams, you might just want to root for a long series.

  1. comradeast - May 27, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Although it would be great for Jersey to win it at home…

    Devils in 6

  2. tru2joelu4eva - May 27, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Couldn’t be prouder of both American captains regardless of who wins! Can’t wait for the Olympics! USA!

  3. quonce - May 27, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Root for the Devils if you are on the fence.

    Way better story lines with Marti 4, Oates’first, and Ilya making the right choice.

  4. taytay099 - May 27, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Would be cool for Carter and Richards to win in LA less than a year after their shocking trades from Philly.

    • jimw81 - May 27, 2012 at 8:37 PM

      I couldn’t never root for those spoiled brats. The only reason why i would root for kings is Simon Gagne. he is the ultimate professional and great flyer. He will be in the flyers hall of fame on day. Kings aren’t going to win anyway. Martin Brodeur is going into retirement with the cup by his side.

      • taytay099 - May 27, 2012 at 9:16 PM

        Still would be a cool story whether or not you like them.

  5. martysbetter - May 27, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    How about rooting for Patrik Elias to get his 3rd cup?

    One of the most underrated/overlooked players during the span of his career.

  6. cowboyscanada - May 27, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Go Kings! Some Saskatchewan boys on this team!

  7. dawglb - May 27, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    I will NEVER root for Jeff Carter! So, Let’s Go Devils!

  8. blomfeld - May 27, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    ROYALTY or SATAN ? … yeah, that’s a pretty tough choice, eh ? ;)

    Just kidding all you “demonic” Devils fans ! You guys have an excellent team which is loaded with talent and you’ve got some brilliant minds at the controls … no two ways about that. Regardless, I’ll have you people know that I’m rooting for the Los Angeles Kings ! :) Yesiree, my beloved Kings, who despite drawing only a paltry average of 55,000 fans per game “TV viewership” during the regular season there in the greater LA area (ie: can you believe that crap ?) are “by far” the coolest team in the league today ! I don’t care what anybody says, but the simple fact of the matter is that we Kings “sex” up these finals to no end ! Can you imagine if you Devils were now playing against the Blues or Predators ? … man what a bore ! About the only other WC team who could have brought “interest and sexiness” to the finals like we Kings, are the Vancouver Canucks. Unfortunately for them however, they were “dealt with” back in the first round, which was necessary in-order for us Kings to be here. At any rate, I wish you Devils well and may this battle be fought “fair and square” with quarter being “neither accepted nor offered” !

    When all is said and done, I suspect that you Devils may relate to this number by the King …

  9. capsrockva - May 27, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    please no MORE ELIVIS CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Devils

    • blomfeld - May 28, 2012 at 1:26 AM

  10. 1trojanlove - May 28, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Got to go for Tinseltown!!! Go kings….

  11. highlander24 - May 28, 2012 at 4:05 AM

    WE ROOT FOR THE KINGS AND AFTER ALL THESE YEARS DESERVE OUR FIRST EVER STANLEY CUP CROWN!!!! GO KINGS GO!!!!

  12. footballer4ever - May 28, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Reason to root: TV ratings. That’s what this is all about. I bet the NHL commissioner must be pulling his hair off, if he has any left, that it’s not a LA vs NY final. Darn the party poopers NJ team . LOL

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