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NHL Betting News and Notes Wednesday, June 4

NHL Betting News and Notes Wednesday, June 4

NHL Playoffs

This is only second time in LA's last 22 playoff series they've had home ice edge. Kings won Stanley Cup two years ago; Rangers haven't won in 20 years. Teams split two low scoring games early this season, with road team winning both. Rangers split last four meetings here; under is 4-0-1 in their last five visits here. New York hasn't played since Thursday- LA won Game 7 in Chicago Sunday. Rangers are 6-4 on road in playoffs, winning four of last five away games. Kings are 5-4 at home in playoffs- their last six games overall went over total.

Overall in playoffs, over is 47-27-13 this season.

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Game of the Day: Rangers at Kings

New York Rangers at Los Angeles Kings (-150, 5)

After upending the defending champion, the Los Angeles Kings vie for their second Stanley Cup title in three years when they host the New York Rangers in Game 1 on Wednesday. The Kings went the distance in each of their previous series, becoming the first team to win three consecutive Game 7s - all on the road - to advance to the Stanley Cup final. Los Angeles ousted Pacific Division rivals San Jose and Anaheim before defenseman Alec Martinez scored 5:47 into overtime to eliminate Chicago in the Western Conference final.

For the Kings to resume their place on the throne, they'll need to solve, well, "The King" Henrik Lundqvist. The Swedish Olympian guided New York to seven-game series victories over Keystone State representatives Philadelphia in Pittsburgh in the first two rounds before bouncing Montreal in six in the Eastern Conference final. Lundqvist has recorded a postseason-best .928 save percentage to go along with a stingy. 2.03 goals-against average - better than Los Angeles counterpart and 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Quick (9.06, 2.86).

LINE MOVES: The Kings opened as -150 faves at Pinnacle Sports. The total opened at 5 (-115) and has moved to (-114).

INJURY REPORT: Rangers - G Cam Talbot (Questionable, undisclosed), D John Moore (Out, suspension). Kings - D Robyn Regehr (Out, knee).

WHAT THE SHARPS SAY: "The Kings bandwagon continues to load up in advance of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night. They're currently priced as high as -195 for the series, although we're being asked to pay a smaller tariff to support them in the opener. While I do expect the Kings to ultimately prevail in this series, I won't be surprised if the Rangers are able to steal one of the first two games in Los Angeles. With that in mind, the value is with the Blueshirts in Game 1. If King Henrik can stand tall between the pipes - and that's by no means a stretch - they'll have a better shot than the oddsmakers are suggesting." Covers Expert Sean Murphy.

WHAT THE BOOKS SAY: "We opened the Kings -155 favorites in Game 1 of the series, and we took a few decent size bets on the dog and we moved 5 cents down to -150. We’ve seen nothing but great, two-way action at Kings -150 / Rangers +130.  While the action has been even, we’re definitely taking more bet’s on the dog which usually means that we’re eventually going to see more and more action come in on the Rangers and that will eventually push our ML down further to -145." Peter Childs,

ABOUT THE RANGERS: Depth has been the driving force for New York as its looks to win its first Stanley Cup title since ousting Vancouver in seven games in 1994. Martin St. Louis leads the club with 13 points (six goals, seven assists) and hasn't missed a game in the playoffs despite the sudden death of his mother, France. In total, eight different players have recorded double-digit points for the Rangers.

ABOUT THE KINGS: Trade-deadline acquisition Marian Gaborik surpassed his regular-season goal total (11) by scoring a league-best 12 in the playoffs - and he'll look to add to that number when he faces a familiar foe in New York. The 32-year-old Slovak guided the Rangers to the Eastern Conference final in 2012 before being dealt the Columbus the following season. Anze Kopitar has also enjoyed a stellar postseason, collecting a league-best 19 assists and 24 points to garner consideration for the Conn Smythe Trophy as well.


* Under is 4-0-2 in the last six meetings in Los Angeles.
* Kings are 6-0 in their last six vs. Metropolitan.
* Under is 9-4-2 in Rangers last 15 vs. Western Conference.
* Rangers are 4-1 in their last five road games.

COVERS CONSENSUS: Sixty-six percent of wagers on Covers Consensus are on the Kings.

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NY RANGERS (57-38-0-7, 121 pts.) at LOS ANGELES (58-35-0-10, 126 pts.) - 6/4/2014, 8:05 PM

Top Trends for this game.
NY RANGERS are 24-15 ATS (+8.6 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5 or less this season.
NY RANGERS are 19-11 ATS (+7.2 Units) in road games second half of the season this season.
NY RANGERS are 12-4 ATS (+7.9 Units) in road games revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
NY RANGERS are 10-3 ATS (+13.4 Units) in road games after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
LOS ANGELES is 2-1 (+0.5 Units) against the spread versus NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
LOS ANGELES is 2-1-0 straight up against NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
2 of 2 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+2.0 Units)

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NY Rangers are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games
NY Rangers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games on the road
Los Angeles is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 5 games

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New York Rangers at LA Kings
NY Rangers: 15-9 SU as a road underdog of +100 to +200
LA Kings: 20-7 UNDER after allowing 4 goals or more

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Rangers-Kings Odds, Props and Picks
By: The Linemakers

The puck drops tonight on the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals, with the New York Rangers visiting the L.A. Kings at Staples Center.

As of 10 a.m. ET, we’re seeing some variance in the odds offered across Las Vegas. The favored Kings can be found as low as -130, at William Hill, while the underdog Rangers can be had for as high as +140 at at least two books, the LVH and MGM Resorts. The game opened Kings -155/Rangers +135 at most shops.

The LVH continues to offer bettor-friendly 10-cent splits on hockey. The SuperBook is dealing L.A. at -150.

The bet shop has also rolled out half a dozen props for tonight’s series opener. Think there’s a good chance Game 1 goes into overtime? You can make that bet at a nearly 3-to-1 price.

The total is 5 goals – it almost always is in these playoffs. Bettors can find UNDER for as low as -115 (MGM), with OVER offered at even-money at multiple shops.

The series price at the LVH opened Kings -175/Rangers +155, but was adjusted on air to -165/145. MGM opened the series -180/+160.

The Linemakers’ lean: “The Kings were my pick to win the Stanley Cup, and there is no reason to get off the bandwagon now,” says Brian Blessing. “This time around they have home-ice advantage, and they faced a much tougher road to make it to the Finals.”

Blessing adds, “The oddsmakers persist on putting up totals of five for these games, and until the long overdue adjustment is made, play the OVER in these games.”

Game 1 props

Will either team score in the first 10 minutes of the game?

Yes +110
No -130

Will the game go into overtime?

Yes +290
No -350

Most points (goals + assists)

Martin St Louis (NYR) +130
Marian Gaborik (LA) -150

Most points (goals + assists)

Ryan McDonagh (NYR) +115
Drew Doughty (LA) -135

Total shots on goal by Rangers

Over 27.5 (-110)
Under 27.5 (-110)

Total shots on goal by Kings

Over 31.5 (-110)
Under 31.5 (-110)

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