With Game 1 going to the Los Angeles Kings, it’s a good time to set out there why the predication is that the Kings will win over the New York Rangers in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.
The Rangers don’t have any offensive players that have made headlines or have a player with more than six goals in the post season. The Kings however is the highest scoring team in the NHL’s postseason this year. Marian Gaborik leads the NHL in goals (12) along with Jeff Carter (9). Anze Kopitar and Carter lead the NHL in points. Kopitar has 24, Carter 23. In addition, to Kopitar and Gaborik being on that first line with captain Dustin Brown, creating those great offensive opportunities, you have Carter on the second line with rookies Tyler Toffoli (7 goals) and Tanner Pearson (4 goals). Better known as “That 70’s Line” have a combined have 20 goals in the postseason.
The Kings have the physical defenseman like Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene, who have been a great match-up against the quick Rangers. And with Robyn Regehr looking to return, that’ll continue. Most importantly the Kings have the great two-way defenseman, like Alec Martinez who scored the goal in overtime to get the Kings to the Stanley Cup Final. They also have possible Conn Smythe Trophy winner Drew Doughty, who has five goals and 12 assists. Jake Muzzin, Dougthy’s defensive pair has five goals and six assists. The Rangers Ryan McDonagh has three goals and 10 assists. The Kings are the Jennings trophy winning defensive team and they have been playing great, using their bodies well and getting things done.
The ever so ending talk about the match-up of Jonathan Quick and Henriq Lundqvist. Lundqvist made 40 saves in Game 1 and leads the NHL in the postseason with a .928 save percentage and is second with a 2.03 goals-against average. Quick has a 2.86 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage. But that doesn’t justify his talents and stellar saves when the Kings defense was shaky in the post season. Lundqvist may look better stats wise, but Quick is undoubtedly seeing those pucks better and making those key saves; especially in Game 1 against the Rangers, who had countless breakaways.
Kings in 5:
The Rangers won’t go quietly. The series may go to a Game 7, which has been the Kings style this post season, but the Kings can also turn things around and end this quickly if they continue with their strategy.Tags: Hockey, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL