The conference finals have just begun and each remaining team has enjoyed success fairly recently and has a very legitimate shot to hoist the Stanley Cup in June.
The New York Rangers have suffered the longest Cup drought of the quartet, last sipping champagne in 1995. But they’ve also won their conference more recently than anyone, running through the East last season. Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Lightning won the whole thing in 2004, but had made it past the first round only once since, until this season.
In the West, the Chicago Blackhawks routinely etch their names on the Cup, having won the whole thing twice since 2010. In fact, they’ve now advanced through 14 playoff series in the last seven years. They’ll likely face their toughest test of these playoffs now though, as the Anaheim Ducks are 9-1 in this postseason on their quest to take down home first title since 2007.
So which potential matchup would be the best? That’s a matter of personal preference. They all offer a certain level of intrigue for a variety of reasons.