Los Angeles Kings vs. New York Rangers Game 3 Moneyline Pick
The best-of-seven series in this year's Stanley Cup Finals between the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers switches coasts for Monday night's crucial Game 3 at Madison Square Garden with the Kings holding a 2-0 lead. The puck is set to drop at 8 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally on NBCSN.
Moneyline: Los Angeles +118 New York -130
Over/Under Line: 5 Ov -107
It took two overtime goals to grab the early lead in this series, but so far the Kings are two-for-two in their quest to add another NHL title to their resume after winning the Stanley Cup in 2012. Los Angeles has been a scoring machine throughout these playoffs and so far the Finals have been no exception with a total of eight goals in the first two games. The Kings have now scored at least three goals in their last eight games.
This past Saturday night it took two overtimes to carve-out a 5-4 victory as a 152 home favorite on the closing betting odds. This followed the Kings 3-2 victory in Game 1 as 148 favorites at home. The total has gone OVER in seven of their last nine games. Marian Gaborik's unassisted goal in the third period of Game 2 tied the game at four and he has now scored an incredible 13 goals in the playoffs. Jonathan Quick stopped 34 of the 38 shots he faced after turning away 25 of the 27 shots thrown at him in Game 1.
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The Rangers have to be hoping that a change in scenery will help to get them back into this series. They have already blown two 2-0 leads in this series and they went into the third period of Saturday's loss with a 4-2 edge they could not hold. New York is now just 2-4 in its last six playoff games after taking a 2-0 series lead against Montreal in the Eastern Conference Finals. The total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in five of its last seven contests.
Martin St. Louis extended New York's lead to 3-1 in the second period of Game 2 with a power play goal and Derick Brassard kept the lead at two with New York's final goal of the game late in the same period. For the second game in a row, the Rangers were held scoreless in the third. Finishing games will be the key to New York's chances to get back into this series. Henrik Lundqvist has been tested in goal after facing 43 shots in Game 1 and another 44 on Saturday night. He has a .925 save percentage in 22 playoff games.
The Kings are 22-7 in their last 29 games following a win and 7-3 in their last 10 games on the road. The total has gone OVER in 16 of their last 26 games overall.
The Rangers are 7-2 in their last nine games after allowing five or more goals in their previous outing and 5-1 in their last six games playing on one day's rest. The total has stayed UNDER in 18 of their last 30 home games.
The home team is now 6-2 in the last eight meetings between these two and the total has gone OVER in four of the last five meetings in New York. Los Angeles has won four of the last five games overall.
Stanley Cup Final Game 3 Moneyline Pick
Given the way both teams were able to light the lamp in Game 2 a play on the OVER for Monday night would make sense. My top pick for this game is for New York to use its home ice to get a much needed win in this series.