Los Angeles Kings (46-28-8) at New York Rangers (45-31-6)
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 11, 2014, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Rangers -130 / Los Angeles Kings +120 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Kings look to hoist their second Stanley Cup in three seasons with a victory on Wednesday night while the Rangers look to keep their playoff dream alive in a do or die scenario at MSG.
The Los Angeles can complete the sweep of the New York Rangers with their fourth straight win of the series on Wednesday night after taking the first three contests including Monday’s game three in New York. The Kings hadn’t played their best hockey through the first two contests on home ice and didn’t hold a lead until the game was over in both of them as they held on for an overtime victory in both and moved to New York up 2-0. The Kings played their best game of the series on Monday night as Jonathan Quick earned the shutout in what was a 3-0 final and now they have a corresponding lead in the series that can come to an end tonight if they can continue to solve Henrik Lundqvist. There is no question this Kings team is the better of the bunch but New York has actually surprised me with how well they have played and while they certainly deserve to be here as they escaped the Eastern Conference I just don’t think they are as talented or as battle tested as the Kings. LA comes in as slight underdogs but they have thrived in that role this season and shouldn’t be taken lightly here.
The Rangers face an absolute must win situation tonight on home ice and while many have already crowned the Kings as the 2014 Cup champions the Blue Shirts can salvage some dignity with a win here and forcing the parade back to the Staples Center. New York played the Kings very tight in the first two games and probably deserved a better fate but Jonathan Quick stole the show on Monday night and there was no question that the Kings were going to take that game with the way the American Olympian was plying between the pipes. The Rangers need to get on the board early if they want any shot at extending this series and while the 2-0 advantage has been dreaded by many teams in these playoffs you can be sure the Rangers would love that edge in an elimination game at home. The Kings have been absolutely ridiculous in elimination games in these playoffs and while they are light years away from being on the brink of elimination they have the killer instinct to put teams away and while it may take an extra game to do it I am more than willing to put my money with the Kings in this spot as they’re the better team and are getting plus money.