Encore of a Thrilling Game 1
The Los Angeles Kings will entertain the New York Rangers on Saturday in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals at the Staples Center, with the opening face-off slated for 7:05 PM ET. According to NHL betting odds the Kings are a -155 money line home favorite. Los Angeles holds a 1-0 lead in the series as a result of Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win during the series opener. This is the Kings 2nd trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in the last 3-years, and the Rangers first since 1994.
Tough Off a Loss
The Rangers can take solace in knowing they been a resilient club both on the road, and following a loss this season. The "Broadway Blue Shirts" are 30-15 this season following a loss, including 6-2 during these playoffs. They're also a stellar 31-21 on the road this year, including 29-15 in their last 44. The bad news for the Eastern Conference champions is that they're just 1-7 the last 3 years during Game 2 of a playoff series. The Rangers have been a quick starting team during these playoffs outscoring their opponents 23-11 during the first period.
of the Postseason
The Kings have won 9 of 10 playoff series over the last 3 seasons. Their only series loss came in the 2013 Western Conference Finals to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. They attained sweet revenge by eliminating the defending champions during this year's Conference Finals in a thrilling 7-game series. The Kings are 9-3 in these playoffs following a win, and are 18-7 this season following a 1-goal win. They've outscored the opposition by a wide margin of 27-16 in the 3rd period during these playoffs. Although they played a scoreless 3rd period versus the Rangers on Wenesday, they outshot them 20-3 over the final 20-minutes of regulation time.
Any team (Kings) that's failed to go under the total in 6 or more games in a row, and they're allowing 2.4 or less goals per game on the season, has gone 26-6 (81.2%) against the money line during the last 18 seasons. Bet LA over New York!
Free Pick: Kings -155 over the Rangers