NHL Betting News and Notes Saturday, June 7

NHL Betting News and Notes Saturday, June 7

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Game of the Day: Rangers at Kings
By Covers.com

New York Rangers at Los Angeles Kings (-152, 5)

Kings lead the series 1-0

After squandering an early two-goal lead in series opener, the New York Rangers look to avoid a two-game deficit against the host Los Angeles Kings when the Stanley Cup final resumes on Saturday. Justin Williams took advantage of defenseman Dan Girardi's turnover and scored 4:36 into overtime as Los Angeles skated to a 3-2 victory in Game 1 on Wednesday. The tally allowed the Kings to become the first team since the 1992 Chicago Blackhawks to overcome a two-goal deficit in consecutive games during a conference or Stanley Cup final, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"I don't know, it's not a perfect situation," Los Angeles forward Marian Gaborik said of the early deficit. "We can't always get away with this, losing 2-0 right from the get-go." New York's speed played a significant role in that as Benoit Pouliot and Carl Hagelin scored 1:42 apart early in the first period. "For us to win, we're going to have to find a way to play to our strengths. Speed is definitely one of them," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.

LINE MOVES: The line opened at Kings -155, but was bet down slightly to -152.

INJURY REPORT: Rangers: G Cam Talbot (Ques-Undiscolsed), LW Daniel Carcillo (Out-Suspension)  Kings: D Robyn Regehr (Ques-Knee)

WHAT BOOKS SAY: "The Rangers look to bounce back in Game 2 after losing a heart breaker in overtime of game 1.  We now have the Kings at -300 to win the Cup and the Rangers at +250.  So far we are seeing good two way action on the money line and 75% of the action on the Kings puck line of -1.5." - Michael Stewart of CarbonSports.ag

ABOUT THE RANGERS: While Girardi accepted the blame for his costly turnover, Ryan McDonagh was quick to note that he left the zone before his defense partner. "(Girardi's) a guy that has been through so many ups and downs in his career, we know he's going to bounce back and be a huge part of our Game 2 here." McDonagh logged 31:12 of ice time in Game 1, but that number should dip as fellow blue-liner John Moore is expected to return after serving his two-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Montreal's Dale Weise.

ABOUT THE KINGS: Defenseman Drew Doughty admittedly rode an emotional roller coaster in the series opener, recording a minus-2 after the first period before scoring a highlight-reel goal and setting up another tally to help Los Angeles rally to victory. "When I get angry, I kind of turn it on," said Doughty, who broke his own franchise record for points (17) by a blue-liner set during the Kings' Stanley Cup-winning season in 2012. Williams has traditionally been a pretty mellow fellow, but he has reason to be elated after setting career highs in goals (eight), assists (12) and points (20) in a single postseason year.

TRENDS:


* Kings are 21-7 in their last 28 following a win
* Under is 12-4-4 in Rangers last 20 vs. a team with a winning record
* Under is 4-0-3 in last 7 meetings in Los Angeles
* Home team is 5-2 in last 7 meetings

COVERS CONSENSUS:
Sixty-one percent of the covers bettors are taking the Kings -152 with seventy-one percent on the over.

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Rangers vs. Kings Game 2 Odds and Pick
By: Ben Valentine   
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Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was a classic – the Los Angeles Kings erased a 2-0 deficit to defeat the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime. The result has led to very similar odds for Game 2 on Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles (7 p.m. ET, NBC).

In fact, as of Friday, you can find the exact odds that were available before Game 1 in some shops. The LVH SuperBook had the Rangers at +140 and the Kings at -150 for the opener, and that’s where the shop has both teams priced for Saturday. With the 10-cent line, those are some of the best prices available in Las Vegas.

Likewise, the total is five goals with the OVER +100 and the UNDER at -120, which is where it was for Game 1.

Given the results of the opener, that isn’t a huge surprise. The Rangers certainly hung with the Kings, but L.A. asserted itself in the third period, completely dominating play. New York lasted until overtime because of the strong play of Henrik Lundqvist. The game finished with exactly five goals. In other words, everything that was expected of the teams before the series played out in the first game.

That can work to bettors' advantage, according to the Linemakers on Sporting News’ Brian Blessing.

“Frankly, the fact they keep making the total in these games five, is absolutely beyond me,” said Blessing. “(Game 1) fell 3-2, but it was 2-2 in the second period with 1,000 chances. All you have to do is get it to 2-2 to have a free roll to go OVER the total, and the Kings are the highest-scoring team in the playoffs.”

But the Kings' victory in Game 1 did have one major effect on the odds – the series price has been adjusted.

“The series price, which I thought was low to begin with at (Kings) -180, is now up to about -280, -285, with the Rangers at +250,” Blessing said.

Once again, that makes sense given the Kings were favorites and won Game 1. But the Stanley Cup playoffs have shown series can change quickly, so Rangers backers may see an opportunity in that number.

Linemakers Lean: “This is a fast-paced, up-tempo (series) with quality scoring chances all over the place,” Blessing said. “Yes, Lundqvist is terrific, but the Kings solved him, and if you watched all their goals, they went high on the blocker side. I think the Kings have a little read on Lundqvist. (Jonathan) Quick made huge saves in Game 1, but he’s been shaky at times. To me, the absolute way to go, until they start putting up the total at 5.5, is OVER the total of 5.”

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NY RANGERS (57-38-0-8, 122 pts.) at LOS ANGELES (59-35-0-10, 128 pts.) - 6/7/2014, 7:05 PM

There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
LOS ANGELES is 3-1 (+1.5 Units) against the spread versus NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
LOS ANGELES is 3-1-0 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 vs. LOS ANGELES
NY Rangers are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
NY Rangers are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing Los Angeles
Los Angeles is 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing NY Rangers
Los Angeles is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games

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New York Rangers at LA Kings
NY Rangers: 30-15 SU after 1 or more consecutive losses
LA Kings: 4-9 SU in home games off a close home win by 1 goal

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Game 2 - Rangers at Kings
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N.Y. Rangers at L.A. Kings

Sportsbook.ag Line: Los Angeles -150, New York +130, Total: 5

The Kings look to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals as they host the Rangers on Saturday night.

Game 1 could not have started out any better for New York, as it took an early 2-0 lead in the first period, which included a short-handed goal. However, the defense let the team down as the Los Angeles outshot its opponent 43-27 for the game, constantly attacking Henrik Lundqvist (40 saves on 43 shots, .930 Sv Pct.) in the 3-2 overtime victory.

Even though they did not score in the third period, the Kings outshot the Rangers 20-3, wearing the Rangers down before going to the overtime period where Justin Williams scored the winning goal after a horrible giveaway by D Dan Girardi.

In the first period, the Rangers were able to get some easy scoring opportunities because they used their speed to get several breakaways. Jonathan Quick (25 saves on 27 shots, .926 Sv Pct.) did not face the pressure that Lundqvist did throughout the game, but he made some big stops early to keep the Kings within striking distance.

The defense of the Kings really started to show off its strength, as the team outhit the Rangers, 45-33, and established the mentality with a 6-1 takeaway advantage. If the Rangers can get out in the open ice and use their speed, they have a great chance of stealing Game 2. However, the defense will have to play much better and not allow the Kings to get so many shots at the net.

Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist (12-8, 2.07 GAA, .928 SV Pct in playoffs) was brilliant on Wednesday, having to face pressure at the net the entire game. LWs Beniot Pouliot and Carl Hagelin were able to use their speed early in the game, surprising the Kings with the ability get behind the defense for breakaway goals. Hagelin was actually stopped, but the rebound deflected off Kings D Slava Voynov's skate and into his own net. The two scorers along with LW Rick Nash and RW Martin St. Louis must use this speed to put pressure on the Kings, not only to get some goals of their own, but also to keep L.A. in its own end more.

However, the Kings won this game because of their physicality late, as they just continued to attack the Rangers. Before his overtime gaffe, Dan Girardi led the way for the Rangers with seven hits, and they will need more of that aggressiveness if they are going to defeat Los Angeles. With Jonathan Quick as the goaltender, the Kings are taking more chances to get easy scoring opportunities because they have such trust that Quick will make all the stops behind them. If the Rangers can play more physical defense and use their speed on offense, they have a chance. This will be tough as the Kings’ players after the game said they know that they have to start out much better from the beginning.

The goals for the Kings were scored by LW Kyle Clifford, D Drew Doughty and RW Justin Williams, who netted the winner in overtime. While it took the team a little while to get rolling, once they did, they just dominated the game in every facet. Every time late in the game when the Rangers thought they had a scoring chance, Quick made a fantastic play at the net. Quick (13-9, 2.81 GAA, .907 SV Pct in playoffs) has not been his normal dominant self in the postseason, but he has shown during his career when he gets to the Stanley Cup Finals, he is going to be on top of his game.

C Jeff Carter did not score a goal in the game, but he did have an assist while getting four shots on goal. His constant pressure on the net was a big reason why the Kings were able to outshoot the Rangers 20-3 in the third period. D Willie Mitchell was also outstanding in attacking the net, as he led the team with five shots on goal. Lundqvist is an outstanding goalie, but if the Kings can continue to pepper him like they did on Wednesday, they will be in great position to take the commanding 2-0 lead. Both of these goalies have the ability to take over a game and get a shutout, so attacking the goal as much as possible is going to be a huge factor in this game.


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