New York Rangers at Los Angeles Kings Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 6/3/2014
Game 1, Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 7:00 PM on NBC, CBC, RDS
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
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The New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings will face off in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday night. The Rangers came into the playoffs as the fifth seed out the the Eastern Conference, while the Kings were the No. 6 seed out of the West.
The Rangers were able to beat the Montreal Canadiens in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals. They looked like the better team the majority of the series and were able to finish off the Habs last Thursday by a score of 1-0.
The Rangers' best offensive player throughout the postseason has been mid-season acquisition Martin St. Louis, who has six goals and seven assists in 20 games. Defenseman Ryan McDonagh leads the team with 10 assists in the playoffs. Netminder Henrik Lundqvist has a .928 save percentage and a 2.03 GAA this postseason.
The Kings looked like they were going to breeze through the Eastern Conference Finals against the Blackhawks after taking a 3-1 lead in the series, but it took seven games to get the job done. In that seventh game, the Kings were able to move on thanks to an Alec Martinez series-winning overtime goal.
Center Anze Kopitar has been the Kings' top performer in the playoffs this year by scoring five goals and assisting on 19 others. Marian Gaborik has lead the team in goals with 12, while defenseman Drew Doughty has contributed 12 assists.
New York is 25-16 straight up on the road this season
New York is 15-20-6 against the over/under on the road this season
Los Angeles is 23-18 straight up at home this season
Los Angeles is 13-23-5 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
06/03/14 RW Daniel Carcillo Suspension 6-game suspension, eligible to return in Game #4
06/01/14 GO Cam Talbot Undisclosed questionable Wednesday vs. Los Angeles
05/29/14 C J.T. Miller Shoulder questionable Wednesday vs. Los Angeles
05/29/14 D John Moore Suspension expected to miss Wednesday vs. Los Angeles
05/21/14 D Robyn Regehr Knee out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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