The Stanley Cup will be in the house tonight as the Kings look to close the door on the New York Rangers tonight at Madison Square Garden and win their second Cup in the last three years. It certainly looks as if the Kings have complete momentum heading into tonight’s game four and the Rangers looked like a deflated and overmatched team in game three, especially after Jeff Carter’s last-second goal in the first period that took the air right out of the building. Never say never but the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs are the only other team in the NHL history to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win the Stanley Cup, and I think we all know that the Kings have it won, but whether it happens tonight is yet to be determined. Let’s take a look at game four and see if we can possibly end the season on a positive note.
Los Angeles Kings @ New York Rangers
My Pick – KINGS (+130) @ 5dimes.eu (Best Odds)
Los Angeles is in a frenzy right now as the Kings are on the cusp of bringing home their second Stanley Cup in three seasons. It is so hard to believe that everyone had counted the Kings down and out when they fell down 3-0 to the San Jose Sharks in the first round, however since that time it has been a completely different Kings team, one that looks destined to bring home the main prize. Many believed it would be Henrik Lundqvist that would be the superior goalie in the series, however it has been Jonathan Quick (along with the Kings’ offense of course) that has stole the show and has his team in prime position to take the series. Not that Lundqvist has been poor by any stretch, and it is hard to win when your team doesn’t score a single goal like game three, but L.A. is averaging 3.5 goals per game in these playoffs and it will take a epic effort from King Henrik tonight to keep the Rangers in this series. New York must also try and find some sort of offense, having scored just six goals in this series so far, and four of those were in the first game. New York’s powerplay is clicking at just 8.6% over their last ten games against the Kings and the Rangers have just a single tally with the man advantage so far in the series in 14 opportunities. Winners of four in a row, the Kings are showing no signs of letting up as they have overcome every obstacle thrown their way in these playoffs. They have, so far, played the maximum 24 games to be sitting in game four of the Stanley Cup Final, and Darryl Sutter’s big, physical team looks every bit up to the challenge. Since 1982, nine Stanley Cup Final’s series have began with a team leading 3-0, and eight of those nine series ended in a sweep, the exception being these Kings against the Devils in 2012, going up 3-0 and ultimately winning the Cup in game six. The Kings are 8-3 over their last 11 road games, and we all know playoff games are difficult to win in enemy territory, although the Kings simply find ways so to do. They are also 5-2 in their last seven games at Madison Square Garden. Barring a monstrous game from Henrik Lundqvist or a miraculous outburst by the Rangers offense, the Kings will win tonight (at a great price) and take home the Stanley Cup once again.