NHL Playoffs 2012: Kings vs. Rangers Should Be America’s Choice for Finals

May 15th, 2012 by Brian Mazique Leave a reply »
Hockey belongs to Canada, but the NHL and its fans would benefit greatly if the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. It may be enough to make folks stateside care a little bit more about what happens on the frozen pond.

Hockey purists will not care about the bandwagon fans who'll jump on board, but the league would benefit. When the league benefits, the sport prospers.

What hockey fan wouldn't love more games on network television and more genuine exposure for the sport?

Obviously, if you're in New Jersey or Phoenix or an out of place Coyotes or Devils fan, I don't expect you to share this sentiment. This is for the American hockey fan without a passionate rooting interest in either Conference Finals series.

If the two largest media markets in the country are represented in the Stanley Cup Finals, it would be a huge deal. It's not just about the cities, though; each of these teams have compelling stories.

The Kings are the eighth seed, but they've played like an elite NHL team throughout the postseason. It seems as though the young nucleus grew up in time for the postseason. They be ...

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