In this morning’s poll, a plurality voted that it didn’t matter which team the Kings play in the Stanley Cup Finals, and that’s probably the most realistic answer, simply because there’s no tangible way to predict how the Kings would fare against either team. As noted earlier, the Kings played the Devils twice and the Rangers once during the regular season, but all of those games were played in October. In terms of a hockey season, that’s a lifetime ago, and none of the three teams is exactly the same as it was seven months ago. Darryl Sutter, staff and players are closely watching the Eastern Conference Finals, and will break down film of the winner from throughout the season, but Sutter said he would not rely very much on video of the games the Kings played in the regular season against the Devils or Rangers.
SUTTER: “No. We’ve got everything on video, from 29 other teams, every game they have played this year. For example, if you just watch the game last night, you see the difference in lineups. Quite honest, I didn’t even know that we played the Rangers. It has no bearing on anything. It’s like I’ve said in every series. Somebody says, `This was your record against Phoenix or Vancouver.’ It has no bearing on anything now.’’