Fighting for more than just the Stanley Cup, the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers face off in the classic battle of West vs. East. Which city is better? Who knows (and who really cares?). It's still fun to compare. From the famous pizza to the historic Hollywood sign, we break down the two great cities.
Quick city breakdowns
LOS ANGELES: Population: 10,017,068 Nicknames: City of Angels, La-La Land Average high temperature: 75 degrees Tallest building: U.S. Bank Tower NEW YORK: Population: 8,336,697 Nicknames: The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps Average high temperature: 61 degrees Tallest building: One World Trade Center
The famous Hollywood sign (left) was intended to last only a year and a half in 1923, but as the Golden Age of Hollywood thrived, the sign became iconic around the world. The Statue of Liberty (right) commemorates the American Declaration of Independence and was a gift from the people of France in 1884.
Known as 'The Great One,' Wayne Gretzky (left) led the Kings to their first Stanley Cup Final appearance in franchise history in 1993. For New York, Mark Messier (right) helped the Rangers break the Curse of 1940, guiding New York to the Stanley Cup in 1994, the team's first in 54 years.
While Angelenos enjoy their Mexican food, specifically tacos, New York basks in the glory of its world-famous pizza. You can't go wrong with either one.
Los Angeles and New York are both used to winning. The Lakers lead the four major sports in Los Angeles with 16 championships. L.A. holds 24 total from the Dodgers (5), Kings (1) and Raiders (2). In New York, the Yankees rule the Big Apple. The historic organization has more championships (27) than all of Los Angeles' teams combined. New York holds a total of 38 titles from the Yankees, Knicks (2), Giants (4), Jets (1) and Rangers (4).
In the 1990s, the West Coast vs. East Coast hip-hop rivalry was at an all-time high and spearheaded by Tupac Shakur (left) and Notorious B.I.G., respectively. During that period, rappers like Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and DJ Quik produced timeless classics, while New York formed legends in Jay-Z, Nas and The Wu-Tang Clan.