The New York Rangers Can Win Because…
It’s do or die time. The Rangers know that they can’t afford to go back home trailing by two games in this series – especially considering how good the Kings are on the road and how mediocre the Rangers are at home. This postseason, the Rangers are second in scoring on the road with 3.10 goals per game (second only to the Kings). At home, they scored just 2.3 goals per game, which is second-worst of the 16 teams that entered the playoffs. On top of that, they were a sub.-500 home team this season.
The Rangers will throw everything but the kitchen sink at the Kings in this one. Although it’s only Game 2, they’ll play with the type of desperation as if it’s an elimination game.
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Kings Can Win Because…
They found their comfort zone and will carry it over into Game 2. The Rangers jumped out to an early lead in Game 1 but it shows the difference in caliber between these teams. The Rangers love to play with the lead and normally, a 2-0 lead is lights out. Against the Kings, it was a difference story. Once the Kings woke up, they dominated. The Rangers were outshot 20-3 in the third period and were lucky the game didn’t end before overtime. The Kings power play, which has been a steady weapon this posteason, went 0-for-4. Chances are if the Kings get four power plays and fire 43 pucks at Henrik Lundqvist again, they’ll score more than three times.
The Kings came out a bit tense to start Game 1 and that’s understandable. It’s the Stanley Cup finals and there’s some added pressure of playing at home. However, once they got going late in the first period, they took over the game. This just isn’t a good matchup for the Rangers.
Outlook & Pick
Take the Kings with your NHL picks as they should take care of business once more. It took them a while to get into Game 1 but they’ll hit the ground running in Game 2. They took Game 1 while whiffing on their power play (0-for-4) and getting no points from Marian Gaborik, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown. It can only get better for them in Game 2.
Pick: Kings -160 at TheGreek