Los Angeles Kings (46-28-8) at New York Rangers (45-31-6)
|Date & Time||Monday June 9, 2014, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Rangers -126 / Los Angeles Kings +114 --- Over/Under: 5
The Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers will play game three of the Stanley Cup Final. The Kings lead the series, 2-0.
Despite putting themselves in an early 2-0 hole in the first period, the Kings bounced back once again and won the game in overtime. Crazy enough, the Kings took the first two games of the series, but haven’t led for a second of regulation. The Kings are 13-5 in the playoffs when scoring three or more goals. Although the Kings keep winning, Jonathan Quick could be better, as he’s allowed four or more goals in four of his last five games. Justin Williams has played a key role for the Kings, as he’s racked up two goals and six assists in his last five games. The Los Angeles Kings are 30-18-1-4 on the road this season.
The Rangers drop to 0-8 in the playoffs when allowing three or more goals. The Rangers are also 2-3 in playoff overtime games this season. The problem really hasn’t been goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who has stopped 79 shots on 87 attempts. The problem is a Rangers’ defense that hasn’t been able to keep the puck out of their zone. Ryan McDonagh has one goal and six assists in his last five games, while Martin St. Louis scored his first goal in four games. This is a must-win game for the Rangers, a team that’s 26-20-3-2 on their home ice.
The Kings are 6-2 in their last 8 Stanley Cup Finals games and 7-3 in their last 10 road games. The Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 7-2 in their last 9 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game. The home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
Yeah, I’ve been burned the first two games picking the Rangers, but they’ve led for every second of regulation. It’s absolutely insane that the team that’s played better the first two games keeps finding ways to lose. NY is going to be rocking and I think that gives the Rangers enough motivation to actually hold on to a lead.