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NHL Betting Preview: New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings- June 13th, 2014

While the Los Angeles Kings may not have been able to complete the sweep against the New York Rangers in New York in Game 4, but now they head back to Los Angeles and get a chance to win their second championship in three seasons in Game 5. It’s a huge game, as they don’t want to let the Rangers back in this series, and that explains why they’re such big favorites. The Kings lost a close one in Game 4, as the Rangers were able to hold on to a 2-1 win that had some very close misses by the Kings, including a shot that literally stopped right before the goal line. This game is set to start on Friday night at 8:00pm EST.

For the Rangers, they got goals from Benoit Pouliot and Martin St. Louis, but the most impressive part of their win had to be Henrik Lundqvist, who really stepped up as he made 40 saves to keep the Rangers from elimination. This means that in the last 13 elimination games for the team, they’ve gone 11-2, and they’ve also won their eighth straight elimination game at home. St. Louis has been huge for the Rangers this postseason, as he’s scored a team-high eight goals in 24 playoff games, while he scored only one time in 19 regular season games with the Rangers after coming over from the Lightning.

For the Kings, it was captain Dustin Brown scoring the only goal, but they ended up falling just short. Los Angeles even massively outshot the Rangers in the third period of the last game by a total of 15 to 1, and dominated face-offs by winning 41 of the 65. The Kings have put together at least 41 shots in three of the first four games, which is just a huge number. It’s amazing to look at this Stanley Cup Finals and compare it to the previous Stanley Cup Final that they won, as they are almost the same. The Kings won games one and two in overtime, shutout their opponent in the third game, and then scored just one goal with a loss in the fourth game at that point.

Consensus

The Kings are favored in a big way, and that’s largely because this team does not want to go back to New York with the series at 3-2. The Kings are sitting with odds of -159 to win this game, and while the odds are tough to swallow, I’m going to take Los Angeles to win this series and take the trophy.

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