Welcome to the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs!
The Los Angeles Kings are a -175 money line betting favorite over the New York Rangers to win the Stanley Cup and are a 10-1 shot for to win the Cup in a 4 game sweep.
Never before has a team won the Stanley Cup after going a full tilt of seven games in both of the first two rounds of the NHL playoffs. This year that will change as both the Kings and Rangers went the full seven games in both of their first two playoff rounds.
Let’s take a deeper look to see how these two teams match up. In the last 20 head-to-head matchups, since the 1997 season, these two teams have been come up even at 9-9-2. The Rangers and Kings also split their 2013-14 season series at one game a piece with the road team winning each time.
The UNDER, for those who love the NHL game total betting odds, is 3-1-1 in the last five games between these two since 2010. Click here for more NHL betting odds.
Now let’s take a look at the complete 2014 Stanley Cup Finals TV schedule as well as a look at which of the finalists has the edge in the series.
|Game||Date||Home Team||Time (ET)||TV|
|1||Wednesday, June 4||Los Angeles||8 p.m.||NBC|
|2||Saturday, June 7||Los Angeles||7 p.m.||NBC|
|3||Monday, June 9||New York||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|4||Wednesday, June 11||New York||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|5*||Friday, June 13||Los Angeles||8 p.m.||NBC|
|6*||Monday, June 16||New York||8 p.m.||NBC|
|7*||Wednesday, June 18||Los Angeles||8 p.m.||NBC|
* if necessary
Who Will Win the 2014 Stanley Cup? The Kings Or The Rangers?
So who has the edge? Both teams have been evenly matched up since the late 90s. Both teams have strong goaltenders that keep the games low scoring. Both teams have the talent and depth. Both team have the experience. Both team have smart coaching.
— NHL (@NHL) June 3, 2014
The Los Angeles Kings have seemingly looked every reason to lose in the eye and kept moving forward. The Kings are the first team in NHL history to win three Game 7s on the road to advance to the Stanley Cup final with wins against San Jose, Anaheim, and Chicago.
Now they have home ice advantage against the New York Rangers.
New York has been equally resilient this postseason. Newly acquired winger Martin St. Louis has served as a leader on and off the ice, a behemoth on the stat sheet and now an emotional inspiration. The team has lost just twice in its last nine games since learning about the death of St. Louis’ mother, France, on May 8. He has registered a point in six of those nine games, including a game-winner in overtime of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, his first since Tampa’s magical run in 2004.
On their trip to the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals, the Rangers knocked off the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7 in the first round and then beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in three consecutive games after falling down 1-3 in the best of seven series.
Personally I will be very disappointed if this series does not go the full seven games and with the way Rangers goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist has been playing this will end the 20 year Stanley Cup drought in NYC.
He has a .935 save percentage on 420 even-strength shots. No, it’s not Jonathan-Quick-in-2012-good (.946 EV save percentage), but then again, neither is Kings goalie Jonathan Quick these days.