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NHL Betting Preview: New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings- June 7th, 2014

The Los Angeles Kings nearly lost home ice in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, but were able to hold on to it thanks to a huge overtime victory against the New York Rangers. The Rangers now come in looking to steal Game 2, but after such a tough loss to take in Game 1, can they bounce back and get home ice in their advantage? Game 2 is set to get underway on Saturday night at 7:00pm EST. The game winning goal in Game 1 came from Justin Williams, who also had an assist in this opening game of the series.

On paper, the Rangers look to be a bit overmatched offensive and defensively to most, but they are just playing excellent hockey right now. Even with their recent loss, they had plenty of chances to win Game 1 late in the game, and their third period featured multiple opportunities, as well as a breakaway that many thought would end up being the goal that send the Rangers up 1-0 and set up a must-win Game 2 for the Kings. Things just didn’t fall their way in Game 1, and now we have to wait and see if they can grab Game 2.

The Kings on the other side have so much talent on their roster, but they are just scary good at big games, as we’ve seen in this postseason. They’ve won each of the previous series’ to get to this point in a Game 7, and they were on the road as well. That’s just very impressive, and it makes it tough to bet against a team like that, especially one that’s as well-r0unded as the Kings are. They have a ton of strengths and they are dangerous across the board.

Goaltending

The goalies are going to play a huge role not only in Game 2, but in this series. Both Henrik Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick are so talented, and they’ll have to be the leaders for their team from this point forward.

Consensus

Game 2 is set, but the Kings are pretty big favorites at -151. It’s going to be tough to see the Rangers bounce back after such a tough loss in Game 1 and steal Game 2, and while I think it’ll be a close game, I believe Los Angeles gets the job done and heads to New York still holding on to their home ice advantage. I’m taking the Kings here, and I’m willing to lay the odds at -151.

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