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NHL Betting Preview: Los Angeles Kings vs. New York Rangers- June 11th, 2014

The Los Angeles Kings may have barely squeaked out wins in Games 1 and 2 on their home floor, in overtime and double overtime, but they went into New York and put on a show, winning Game 3 by a score of 3-0. Now, the team has an impressive lead in the series, and look to be on the verge of clinching the 2014 Stanley Cup. With that being said though, they know that a 3-0 lead isn’t an impossible hole to get out of, as they actually did this in the first round. The Kings are obviously focused on making sure that doesn’t happen, and they’d love to end this series in Game 4 on Wednesday night, which will also be played in New York in front of a rowdy group of fans for the Rangers. The game is set to start at 8:00pm EST on Wednesday night, and should get a pretty good audience I’d say.

The Kings saw an absolutely excellent game from goaltender Jonathan Quick, who was able to stop 32 shots on his way to his ninth career postseason shutout. It was an incredibly impressive game from Quick, and he gave the Kings so much support that the pressure was off of their offense in all honesty. We saw Justin Williams continue to play excellent as well throughout this postseason, as he set up the goal was under a second left in the first period to end the period on a high note. He’s scored two goals and tallied eight assists during this five game point streak, and has 24 total points in the playoffs. If you want interesting, look at the fact that this is eerily similar to how the Kings won the 2012 Stanley Cup, as they won back to back overtime games and then posted a shutout in Game 3.

It’s safe to say that the Rangers are severely disappointed at this point, mainly due to the fact that they not only could have been up 2-0 in the series, or at least 1-1, but that they just couldn’t find the back of the net in front of their incredibly loud home crowd in Game 3. It was a disappointing end result, although they had a ton of shots and opportunities that just didn’t go. They aren’t giving in though, but going 0 for 6 on power play opportunities really hurt them. In fact, throughout this series they are 1 for 14, which has to improve immediately.

Consensus

The New York Rangers are favorites of -138, but will they get the job done? Simply put, I don’t think they’ll be able to get over the emotions of these first three losses. The Kings are playing too well and look to strong right now. I’ll take the odds with Los Angeles at +127 in a tough game to call.

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