By Miranda Martin
With the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils facing each other in the Stanley Cup Finals, NHL fans are prepared for a series of surprises and firsts this postseason.
This is the first time since the 1994 playoff format change that a team seeded sixth or lower is guaranteed to win the Stanley Cup. It is also the first time a division champion team of either conference has not appeared since the new layout. The last time that a team seeded 8th in their conference made it to the Final was the Edmonton Oilers in 2007. More so, an 8th seed has never won a cup, and the lowest seed to win the cup was the New Jersey Devils, who were 5th place in the Eastern Conference, in 1995.
If the Kings win it all, it will be a franchise first for them. The team, which was part of the original 1967 expansion, has yet to win a Stanley Cup in their 45-year history. No Western Conference team that made it to the second round had won a Stanley Cup. The Kings have appeared in the S...