Kings Look to Win Stanley Cup at Home

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The New York Rangers were able to extend the NHL Stanley Cup Finals to Game 5 by avoiding the sweep on Wednesday with a 2-1 win at home over the Los Angeles Kings.

The Rangers are now back on the road, but have had success away from home in this postseason. The Rangers prior to Wednesday night’s win might have felt as though the bounces have not been good to them during the Stanley Cup Finals.

The hockey gods paid the Rangers back and more however on Wednesday.

The Kings saw two of their shots stop right on the goal line. That included one with only a minute left in regulation.

Los Angeles played its best game of this series on Wednesday peppering Henrik Lundqvist the Rangers goalie with 41 shots. However, the bounces this time when the Rangers’ way.

The two teams now will meet Friday night in Los Angeles with the Rangers once again in an elimination game.

Having avoided the sweep in the finals, the Rangers are now taking aim at being the first team to rally from three down in the Stanley Cup Finals to win since World War II.

The Kings have been rallying to win series’ this season during the playoffs. Los Angeles rallied from 3-0 against San Jose in the first round and 3-2 down in the second round against Anaheim.

New York also rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins in 7 games. In three of their four wins, the Rangers were on the road in that series.

The Game 5 odds on Bovada and sportsbook.com have Los Angeles favored at -170 and the Rangers sitting on +160.

On betonline and topbet, the total for Game 5 is still on 5 goals. With two consecutive low scoring games, the UNDER was moved to being the favorite at -120.

The OVER could have some value since both goalies made a number of superb stops in Game 4. If the puck is bouncing differently in Game 5, the score could be high, making a winner of the OVER.

The current money line has Los Angeles at -170 with New York on +160.

The goal total is 5 with the UNDER at -120 and the OVER +100.

The puck line shows New York at +1.5 for -200 and Los Angeles at -1.5 for +175.

The Stanley Cup Finals will end tonight in Game 5 as the Kings will use their home ice advantage to lift the Cup high in the air for their second NHL Championship in the past three seasons.

I like the Kings 5-2.

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Rangers and Canadians Coming to a Boiling Point

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The NHL Eastern Conference Finals best of seven series continues tonight from the Big Apple when the New York Rangers host the Montreal Canadians. The Rangers lead the series 2-1 heading into Game 4, but Montreal is coming off a big win in Game 3.

The two teams are not happy with one another as the Canadians head coach Michel Therrien has his problems with Ulf Samuelsson the assistant coach for the Rangers. At the same time, New York is angry with Brandon Prust the right wing for Montreal and Scott Driscoll a linesman.

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Therrien is not pleased that Samuelsson was watching some of Montreal’s practice Saturday at Madison Square Garden. He contended that Samuelsson had violated a coaches’ gentlemen’s agreement.

Between games, coaches cannot attend practices but on game day, that is different, said Therrien.

New York is upset that Derek Stepan the center on their top line will not play after having surgery on Friday to repair a fractured jaw after Stepan was hit by Prust on the open-ice during Game 3.

Alain Vigneault the New York coach said it was unlikely his center would play on Sunday.

However, New York will have Derick Brassard their center on the third line. Brassard has been out since taking a heavy check during Game 1.

Both teams are shorthanded as Prust and Daniel Carcillo a Rangers left wing, were suspended for their action in the previous game.

Prust is out for the late hit on Stepan and says that it was his fault. Prust said he and Stepan exchanged text messages and Prust expressed remorse after hearing about Stepan’s broken jaw.

Carcillo on the other hand could miss the rest of the postseason after being suspended for 10 games due to physical abuse of an official on-ice.

Carcillo, while a fight was taking place, elbowed Driscoll when the linesman was taking him to the penalty box. The elbow hit Driscoll in his face.

It is unclear if the Rangers will appeal the Carcillo suspension. If they do appeal it, it would go through the NHL players’ union. He can submit an appeal up to 72 hours after the ruling.

Coach Vigneault is upset that Carcillo is facing the suspension because he said the player had not committed a penalty and should not have been escorted to the penalty box by Driscoll.

However, Vigneault knows nothing can be done about the situation and the team has to move on without Carcillo for the rest of this series and likely through all the Stanley Cup Finals if they reach that point.

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