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New York Rangers vs. L.A Kings Game 1 Betting Pick

Time: 8 PM EST Wednesday, June 4, 2014, CBC

Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Kings host the New York Rangers in game one of the Stanley Cup Finals.
In their last games the LA Kings needed overtime to knock off the Blackhawks 5-4 in 7 games and the NY Rangers eliminated the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 with a 1-0 win.

These two clubs met twice this season splitting both games with the road team coming away with the win. Both games stayed under the total with the game in Los Angeles a 3-1 victory for the Rangers and the game in New York was a 1-0 shutout for the Kings.

The Los Angeles Kings lead all playoff teams in scoring with 3.48 per game while the NY Rangers have scored at a 2.70 per game clip.

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On defense the Rangers have allowed cool 2.25 goals per game while the Kings have allowed 2.86.

Below are some key handicapping stats for this match-up with an against the spread pick from one of our professional sports handicappers.

Betting Odds
Moneyline: New York Rangers +135 / L.A. Kings -155
Over/Under Total Line: 5 Under -115
Puck line: Rangers +1.5 -230 / Kings -1.5 +190
1st 60 Minutes: Rangers +.5 (-125) / Kings -.5 (+105)
Series Price Best of 7: New York +155 / Los Angeles -175

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
New York Rangers: 57-38-4-3 SU / 53-49 ATS
L.A. Kings: 58-35-4-6 SU / 52-51 ATS

Key Betting Trends

  • NYR is 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
  • NYR is 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
  • NYR has an Under record of 9-4-2 in their last 15 vs. Western Conference.
  • LAK is 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
  • LAK is 54-26 in their last 80 home games.
  • LAK has an Over record of 6-0 in their last 6 overall.

Sagarin Power Rankings
New York Rangers: 4.63
L.A. Kings: 4.57

Key Player Injuries

RANGERS
[G] 06/02/2014 – Cameron Talbot Questionable Wednesday vs. Los Angeles (Undisclosed)
[D] 06/02/2014 – John Moore Out Wednesday vs. Los Angeles (Suspension)
[LW] 06/01/2014 – Daniel Carcillo Out for the Series vs. Los Angeles (Suspension)

KINGS
[D] 06/02/2014 – Robyn Regehr Questionable Wednesday vs. New York (Knee)

Moneyline Pick

The LA Kings look like a team of destiny after yet another game 7 win in overtime against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. In game seven the Kings were fighting from behind most of the game down 2-0 early in the first period and came back to tie it and down 4-2 going into the 3rd and coming back to tie it regulation before ultimately getting winning goal in OT. That’s the main reason I’m going to fade the Kings here. The series against Chicago was a hard fought emotional battle that may still have a draining effect on the team. The Rangers come into this game well rested and while the extra time off may have caused some rust I think they’ll be up to the challenge. It’s not like New York doesn’t have some back numbers to back up a win here. They did win the last time they visited the Staples Center and have won 4 of their last 5 games as a visitor in the playoffs.
Take the NY Rangers +135 at and get reduced juice on all your NHL moneyline plays!!

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