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On the eve of the Stanley Cup Finals, has LA caught hockey fever?

By Omar Shamout
Published: Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at 02:31PM
Los Angeles Kings LA Kings/Bernstein Associates

The L.A. Kings are looking to win the Stanley Cup for the first time in team history.

Now that the eighth-seeded L.A. Kings have usurped the NHL’s Western Conference throne from the top-three teams heading into the playoffs, the team is ready to being the Stanley Cup to Los Angeles for the first time in the club’s 45-year history.

The Kings will begin their Stanley Cup Finals series on Wednesday against the New Jersey Devils before returning to Staples Center to play games 3 and 4 next Monday and Wednesday in front of a sure-to-be rocking, towel-waving crowd clad in the jerseys of their favorite players like Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty.

Because this is such an historic moment in L.A. sports history, we decided to gauge how much hockey fever has spread across the Southland. Does the rest of Los Angeles know as much about our conquering Kings as the hockey die-hards who pack Staples Center each night?

You be the judge.

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