Stanley Cup Final Picks: Rangers vs. Kings Game 3

Ross Benjamin

Monday, June 9, 2014 12:22 PM GMT

Our resident NHL betting odds expert Ross Benjamin analyzes the total in Game 3 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Read what he has to say, and get his NHL free pick regarding this total.

What to Do For an Encore
The Rangers will host the Kings on Monday in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Madison Square Garden in New York with the opening face-off slated for 8:05 PM ET. The Kings hold a 2-0 series lead as a result of two consecutive thrilling overtime wins at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. According to NHL betting odds the total in this contest is 5.0.

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Kings a 2014 Postseason Scoring Machine
The biggest surprise in this postseason deep run for the Kings has been the high scoring that they've displayed. This was a club that averaged 2.4 goals per game during the regular season which ranked 26th best in the NHL. However, during the playoffs, they've been a well oiled goal scoring machine. The Kings lead all teams during the NHL Playoffs by averaging 3.5 goals per game. They've gone under the total in just 5 of 23 games during these playoffs, and have failed to stay under the total in their previous 9-games.

 

Rangers Playoff Power Play Struggles
If you can isolate one part of the Rangers game that's been less than adequate, it would certainly have to be their futility on the power play. They've gone a horrible 12 for 89 (13.5%) on their power play chances during the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals. That's well below their season average of 17.2%. During the first 2-games of the Finals they've gone 1 for 8 with the man advantage. Despite their inefficiency on the power play, the Rangers have done a nice job of generating enough offense. Since the start of the Eastern a Conference Finals series versus Montreal the Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game.

 

NHL Betting System
Any home team with a total of 5.0 or less that lost their previous game in overtime, versus an opponent that's scored 3 or more goals in each of their last 4-games, has gone under the total in 23 of their 31-games (74.2%) during the previous 18 seasons. Bet for this matchup to go under the total for your NHL picks!

Free Pick: Kings/Rangers to go under the total of 5.0