Which team will join the Rangers?

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LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) – The Rangers punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals Thursday night taking the Eastern conference championship with a 4-2 series win over the Canadiens.  Let's take a look at who will be joining them in the Stanley Cup.

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The Western conference finals continue Friday night in Los Angeles as the Kings look to close the series out over the Blackhawks.  This has been a very entertaining series no doubt about it, and it just wouldn't be right if this didn't go to a Game 7. 

LA will have home ice advantage and their home crowd will be rocking for sure, but you just can't count out the defending champs.  There isn't a whole lot of difference between these two teams, but you have to give the edge to the scrappy Hawks to send this series to a Game 7. 

Also, Game 5 was a high scoring affair, but you have to think that with all that's on the line in Game 6, a lower-scoring game would be expected. Look for the Hawks to take this series in 7.

The Rangers will have a slight edge on rest, if the Hawks do come away with the Western Conference title, but I don't see that making too much of a difference here.   The Rangers were 2-0 versus Chicago during the regular season, but throw that out the window, as the playoffs are a whole new game.  The winner of the West will be playing at home in the first two games versus the Rangers and I see that as a huge advantage to the West. 

I look for the Hawks to beat the Kings but regardless of who wins that series, the winner of the Stanley Cup is likely to come out of the Western Conference.

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