Which Potential NHL Stanley Final Matchup Is Most Likely to Happen?

The first of two Game 7 matchups is tonight between the Lightning and Rangers. Which team is most likely to represent the East in the Finals?

It's an NHL fan's dream: Two nights, two Game 7 matchups.

According to our metrics, the Rangers, Blackhawks, Ducks and Lightning were all top-six teams this season. (The other two littered between them this year were Washington and St. Louis.)

Perhaps that's why these Conference Finals games have been so great, and why we're on the verge of watching two Game 7's over the next two days.

So what should we expect? Well, per our algorithm, here are the most likely Stanley Cup Final matchups stemming from the two Game 7's.

1. New York Rangers vs. Anaheim Ducks: 28.5%
2. New York Rangers vs. Chicago Blackhawks: 26.5%
3. Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Anaheim Ducks: 23.3%
4. Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks: 21.7%

We should be in for a treat.