NHL Picks: Rangers vs. Kings Game 5 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Ross Benjamin

Friday, June 13, 2014 2:22 PM UTC

Friday, Jun. 13, 2014 2:22 PM UTC

Our sports betting guru Ross Benjamin previews tonight’s Game 5 of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Finals. Read this informative sports handicapping article that concludes with a free pick.

Going for the Cup in Hollywood
The Kings will host the Rangers on Friday in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with the opening face-off slated for 9:05 PM ET. According to NHL betting odds, the Kings are a –170 money line home favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. The Kings hold a commanding 3-1 series lead, and will look to capture their 2nd Stanley Cup in the last 3 years with a win this evening.

Rangers a Tough Out
The New York Rangers were able to stave off elimination with a 2-1 win at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. The Rangers are now 5-0 in the 2014 NHL Playoffs in games in which they were facing elimination. Henrik Lundquist was absolutely brilliant in the win stopping 40 of 41 Kings shots on goal. The Rangers can take solace in knowing they’ve been one of the best road teams in the NHL this season. However, they enter tonight with a 3-game losing streak on the road. In their defense, they lost both of the first 2-games of this series at the Staples Center in overtime.

Kings of the NHL with a Win
I’m sure there were some selfish Kings fans that weren’t disappointed by their Game 4 loss on Wednesday. After all, it assured them a chance to see their team win the Stanley Cup on home ice. The Kings enter tonight having won 5 of their last 6 home games. Although they weren’t as dominant at home this season as they were a season ago, their whole body of work over the last 3 seasons at the Staples Center has been quite impressive. The Kings are 3-1 this postseason in games which they had an opportunity to clinch a series. Los Angeles has had no problem sustaining offensive pressure in this series, as they’ve had 41 or more shots on goal in 3 of the first 4-games. Tuesday marked the first time in 10-games that the Kings haven’t scored 3-goals or more.

Final Analysis
This is a Kings team that has won 9 of 10 playoff series over the last 3 seasons. Despite their Game 4 loss they know how to close out a playoff series. They will have even more incentive with an opportunity to win the Stanley Cup in front of the home fans. The series ends tonight.
Free Pick: Kings –170 over the Rangers

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