Favorite, underdog labels mean little to Kings - LA Kings Insider

If you were on Twitter at any point during the later stages of the Western Conference Final, it seemed as though it was a foregone conclusion that whoever won that series would win the Stanley Cup. It’s not exactly a stretch to exude such confidence in the west’s best team. Western Conference teams were 246-150-52 against Eastern Conference teams in 2013-14.

The oddsmakers back up this train of thought. Courtesy of Puck Daddy and Bovada:

New York in four: 14/1
New York in five: 8/1
New York in six: 5/1
New York in seven: 11/2
Los Angeles in four: 8/1
Los Angeles in five: 4/1
Los Angeles in six: 4/1
Los Angeles in seven: 4/1

But, boy, if you ask a question to the Kings about whether they’re the favorites – or suggest in a question that they’re considered the favorites – you’re sure to draw an answer that fuzzies the line between ennui and mild annoyance.

Matt Greene:

It’s the Stanley Cup Finals. I don’t think any team is going to look at themselves as the underdogs. You’re down to two teams, and you want to win, and that’s all it really comes down to. It’s an exciting time of the year to be a part of it. I really don’t care about what the odds say or what you guys are saying about who’s favored and who’s not.

Trevor Lewis:
I mean, they’ve obviously done some good things to get here, too. We’ve got to just come out and play our game and not worry about that kind of stuff.

Anze Kopitar:
We’re just not looking at it that way. It doesn’t matter for us. Obviously they’re doing some really good things to be in this position. Both teams have done it, but now it’s about to take the next step and get it done.

Jeff Carter:
I don’t know if we’re the favorites. They’ve got a pretty good team over there, too. It’s a huge challenge for us here. We know what we’re up against, and we’re going to have to leave it all out there.

Mike Richards:
Everyone’s zero-zero. As players, we don’t have too much concern over who’s the underdog and who’s the favorite. It’s just about going out and playing. I think you guys have more to say about that. Just because one team’s an underdog, it doesn’t mean they’re going to play any better if they were the favorite. It is what it is. We’ll let you guys chatter about that.

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#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


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#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


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Jeff Carter

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Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


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Handedness: Left


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