The importance of recent success
Pressure is common to all Finals irrespective of the sport, but there is a consensus that experience – knowing what to expect and how to react – confers an advantage.
Given that the Rangers have reached their 1st SCF since 1994 they will obviously be lacking experience in these particular finals. However, they do still have players that have played in, and won, the Stanley Cup (Martin St Louis in 2004), or in the case of Henrik Lundqvist – Olympic Gold with Sweden in 2006.
While the Rangers have been underperforming since the mid-1990s, the Kings have been one of the strongest teams in the NHL over the last few years. In 2012 they claimed their first Stanley Cup, and the following year they lost in the Conference Finals to the Blackhawks. However, the Kings have gained revenge for that loss in the 2014 season as they compete for their 2nd Stanley Cup trophy in just three years.
Odds reflect form
The odds to win the Stanley Cup at Pinnacle reflect the recent fortunes of the finalists with the Kings opening as 1.63 (-160) series favourites with the Rangers 2.44 underdogs. The market certainly felt LA were worthy favourites, with the line moving up to 1.59 (-170) before returning to, and holding steady at its original peg.
The odds may also reflect the fact that LA has home ice advantage with game 1 of the series being played at the Staples Center. The game 1 Money Lines (Overtime included) almost perfectly reflect the Series price – Kings 1.64 vs Rangers 2.44.
If you want to pick holes in the argument for a Kings victory, you could easily highlight the fact that they have had to win three consecutive Series deciders on the road, something that’s never been done before. The question that arises is whether they will they run out of steam in the Finals? That’s up to bettors to decide.
Conversely, the layoff that the Rangers have enjoyed, since wrapping up their Conference win over Montreal within six games, has given them additional time to recover and prepare. Some may argue that it could equally take the edge off them and their key players like Lundqvist, though the 4 goals he game up in the first half of game 6 may suggest he was ready for a rest
These teams played each other twice in the regular season, providing some potential insight into the how the finals might go. The Rangers won their 2nd game of the season 3-1 at the Staples Center and then on November 17th LA gained revenge winning 1-0 at Madison Square Garden.On that basis, we could get to see the typical low-scoring playoff-style hockey that has been atypical of this season’s playoffs.
Total Goals – Over or Under
When LA won the Cup in 2012 against the Devils, the first five games of the series had four goals or less, before a blowout in game six. What has been noticeable about the 2014 Playoffs is the lack of games landing under five goals. The total for game 1 of the Series opened at 1.87 under 5 goals, and surprisingly moved north to 1.90, before a more expected shift to 1.83, then a return to 1.87 where it remains at the time of writing.
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