New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings Game 2 Moneyline Pick
The New York Rangers will be back on the ice at the Staples Center this Saturday night for Game 2 of this year's Stanley Cup Finals matchup against the Los Angeles Kings. The opening face-off for this clash is slated for 7 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally on NBC.
Moneyline: New York +140 Los Angeles -150
Over/Under Line: 5 Under -116
The Rangers' performance in Game 1 could be described as the good, the bad and the ugly. They opened-up a two goal lead in the first period, ended the second period in a 2-2 tie and then got outshot 20-3 in the third period only to lose 3-2 in overtime. New York closed as a 138 road underdog and the total ended as a PUSH. The total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in seven of its last nine games.
Benoit Pouliot scored the first goal of these Stanley Cup Finals and Carl Hagelin doubled the Rangers' lead with a shorthanded goal less than two minutes later, but that was all the offense they could muster on the night. It is hard to pin this loss on goalie Henrik Lundqvist after he was peppered with 43 shots as opposed to the 27 shots New York had on goal. Lundqvist remains this team's best shot at tying up this series on Saturday night.
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The fatigue of playing 21 of a possible 21 games in the first three rounds of this year's NHL Playoffs was apparent in the Kings' play halfway through Game 1. The tide turned in the second period when Drew Doughty tied things up at two and Los Angeles took complete control in the third period that carried over to Justin Williams' game winner a little over four minutes into overtime. The Kings are now 2-2 in Game 1 of the playoffs and they come into Game 2 with a 2-1 record in their first three series. The total had gone OVER in six of their previous postseason games before ending as a PUSH on Wednesday night.
Los Angeles brings a ton of firepower into these NHL Finals with at least three goals in its last seven playoff games. Marian Gaborik has been a scoring machine with 12 goals and Anze Kopitar leads the team in total points with five goals and 19 assists. Jeff Carter has also been a force with nine goals and 14 assists. The scoring runs deep on this team with a total of 11 players tallying at least four goals in these playoffs. Goalie Jonathan Quick was not at the top of game early on Wednesday night, but he did come up with the saves down the stretch when he had to.
The Rangers are 4-2 in their last six games on the road and they are 7-3 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record. The total has stayed UNDER in nine of their last 16 games against a Western Conference opponent.
The Kings are now a perfect 7-0 in their last seven games against a team from the Metro Division and 21-7 in their last 28 games following a win. The total has gone OVER in six of their last 11 home games.
Los Angeles's Game 1 win gives it a 2-1 edge this season against New York. These two met twice early in the regular season with the road team winning each game. The total stayed UNDER the 5-goal line in both of these contests.
Stanley Cup Final Game 2 Moneyline Pick
The Rangers survived a dreadful third period to force overtime in Game 1. This time around count on them playing the full 60 minutes of regulation to earn a much needed split on the road in the first two games of this series