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Stanley Cup Betting News and Notes

Stanley Cup Betting News and Notes

Stanley Cup Final Tips

Rangers vs. Kings

How they got here: New York was taken to the limit in the each of the first two rounds against Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, while finishing off Montreal in six games of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Rangers rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the second round to stun the Penguins with three straight wins, as New York is headed to its first Stanley Cup Final since 1994.

The Kings were one loss away from elimination in the opening round after falling behind the Sharks, 3-0. Los Angeles stormed back with four straight wins to stun San Jose, 4-3, then needed seven games in the second round to knock out another California rival, beating the Ducks, 4-3. Again in the conference finals, the Kings held off the Blackhawks, 4-3, capped off by a victory in Game 7 on the road. Los Angeles is seeking its second championship in three seasons after beating New Jersey in 2012.

Season series recap: Back in October on New York’s lengthy opening road swing, the Rangers downed the Kings, 3-1 at Staples Center as +130 underdogs. On November 17, the Kings picked up revenge with a 1-0 victory as +105 ‘dogs at Madison Square Garden. Kings’ star goalie Jonathan Quick did not start that shutout, as since departed Ben Scrivens made 37 stops in the Los Angeles net.

Record vs. opposite conference:

Rangers: 14-13-1
Kings: 21-8-3

Series price:

Los Angeles: -165
New York: +140

Exact Game Odds

Rangers in 4: 12/1
Rangers in 5: 6/1
Rangers in 6: 9/2
Rangers in 7: 5/1

Kings in 4: 10/1
Kings in 5: 7/2
Kings in 6: 4/1
Kings in 7: 3/1

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Three Big Betting Trends For The NHL Stanley Cup Final

The Stanley Cup final not only marks the final journey for two teams looking to become NHL champions, it also represents the final game action for bettors before the start of the three-month offseason.

Bettors will note several interesting trends - not only those involving the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers, but those relating to previous Stanley Cup championships. And if past history in either case continues in this year's title showdown, following the trends could pay handsomely.

Here are three trends going into this year's Stanley Cup final:

Favorites Dominate Game 1

The favored team has been automatic since 2007 when it comes to setting the tone, going a perfect 7-0 SU in Game 1. The favorites ranged from a narrow -107, the moneyline the Kings cashed in on with their 2-1 win over New Jersey in the 2012 Stanley Cup opener, to the -188 pricetag the Vancouver Canucks converted in their 1-0 triumph over Boston in the 2011 championship curtain raiser. The Under has also been a strong play in Game 1, with Chicago's 4-3 overtime win over Boston in last year's Stanley Cup opener representing just the second Over in the past seven Game 1s.

Unders Lead the Way

The trend of fewer goals being scored later in the postseason really takes hold in the final, where the Under has been the predominant play for the better part of the previous seven Stanley Cup series. Teams have amassed a 15-24-4 O/U mark in those contests, with the Boston Bruins-Vancouver Canucks seven-game thriller in 2010 (5-1-0 O/U) serving as the only outlier in that time. The Under has been a particularly strong play over the previous two Stanley Cup finals, coming through in eight of the 12 games.

Kings of the Overs

Los Angeles has had a wild ride to the final - rallying from a 3-0 first-round deficit against San Jose and needing Game 7 victories to win each of its first three series. But the most amazing development in the Kings' quest to win a second Stanley Cup may be the extent to which it has bucked its incredible regular-season O/U trend.

Los Angeles had the best Under mark in the league at 22-41 O/U - thanks in large part to the league's best goals-against total - but has turned that on its face in the postseason, going 13-5-3 O/U entering the final. That includes six straight Overs to end its conference final win over Chicago.

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NHL Betting Streaks
By Art Aronson

Los Angeles Kings vs. New York Rangers

The Rangers would gladly take a split on the West Coast, and they have just the man – goalie Henrik Lundqvist – to help make that happen. Lundqvist is coming off a superhuman series against the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference finals, allowing a total of only 8 goals in 5 games. And one of those goals was in overtime. If Lundqvist remains on his game, New York will be celebrating its first Stanley Cup title in two decades and just its second in 74 years.

Lundqvist was solid in two games against the Kings this season, but both of those are ancient history at this point – a 3-1 victory in Los Angeles last October and a 1-0 loss to the Kings in New York in mid-November.

The Kings have top-shelf goalie of their own in Jonathan Quick, but there are signs that Quick is getting tired after Los Angeles was forced to set a record by playing a 21 pre-finals playoff games. Quick gave up 13 goals in the final 3 games of the Western Conference finals series against Chicago.

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