Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/16/14 at 01:13 PM ET
The Los Angeles Kings did it. Somehow, some way, they claimed their second Stanley Cup in three years. Despite facing three games sevens, despite losing their first three games of the playoffs, the Kings overcame all to be crowned as, well, kings of the NHL. And the absurd unlikelihood of that accomplishment should not be overlooked.
Entering the playoffs, the Kings were one of the more highly regarded teams, being given almost universal 10/1 odds to win by odds makers found on Gambling.com. An alarmingly poor start to their series with the San Jose Sharks dropped those odds so precipitously that even after the Kings had rebounded to force game seven in that series, they were still only sitting at 15/1 to win it all. Following their epic comeback from three games to none down against San Jose, many would expect the Kings to be physically and emotionally drained. Then they played another seven game series. And another after that. The odds of a team, especially in a low-scoring sport like hockey, coming away with victories in every one of those seven game sets is mind-boggling.
Adding to the absurdity is the fact that Los Angeles went to overtime in two different elimination games in the playoffs, and came away victorious in both. The only series the team played that didn't go to seven games, the Cup Finals, saw three of five games go to overtime, with LA winning every single one of those contests. The odds of something like that happening aren't very great, but after clawing their way through maximum series after maximum series, it almost made sense for the Kings to win that way.
With their names etched on Lord Stanley's Cup twice in the last three seasons, the Kings have established themselves among the class of the NHL, and winning it all this year despite overwhelming odds bodes well for their chances in the future. Already bookmakers are putting out odds on next year's Stanley Cup champs, and the Kings currently boast the exact same odds as when these most recent playoffs started, 10/1. While the Blackhawks and Bruins are both being given better odds than the current champs, sharing company with the Penguins and Blues just behind Boston and Chicago is nothing to scoff at. And at this point, betting against Los Angeles seems like a bad idea, no matter the odds.
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