Kings vs. Rangers
Kings Leading Postseason Scorer: Anze Kopitar, 24 points (5 goals, 19 assists).
Rangers Leading Postseason Scorer: Martin St. Louis (below), 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists).
Kings Expected Starting Goaltender: Jonathan Quick, 12-9, 2.86 GAA, .906 SV%.
Rangers Expected Starting Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist, 12-7, 2.03 GAA, .928 SV%.
Kings Injuries: Goaltender Jonathan Quick ("upper body") is probable. Defenseman Robyn Regehr (knee) is questionable.
Rangers Injuries: Center J.T. Miller ("upper body") is questionable. Goaltender Cam Talbot (undisclosed) is doubtful.
Kings with Stanley Cup bling: Dustin Brown, RW; Jeff Carter, C; Kyle Clifford, LW; Drew Doughty (above), D; Matt Greene, D; Dwight King, LW; Anze Kopitar, C; Trevor Lewis, C; Alec Martinez, D; Willie Mitchell; D; Jordan Nolan, C; Jonathan Quick, G; Mike Richards, C; Jarret Stoll, C; Slava Voynov, D; Justin Williams, RW.
Rangers with Stanley Cup bling: Brad Richards, C; Martin St. Louis, RW.
Something worthwhile about the Kings: The Kings have the highest goals-for per-game average in the postseason at 3.48.
Something worthwhile about the Rangers: The Rangers have the second-best penalty kill percentage in the postseason at 85.9.
Something useless about the Kings that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Penguins defenseman Paul Coffey holds the Kings' single-postseason record for power-play goals. He had three in 1992.
Something useless about the Rangers that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: The Rangers' leading postseason goal scorers in 1972 when they lost the Stanley Cup Final to the Bruins were left winger Rod Gilbert and former Penguins left winger Vic Hadfield. They each had seven
Former Penguins on the Kings: Glen Murray, development consultant; Jake Muzzin, D (Muzzin is a former Penguins draft pick who never played for the organization); Luc Robitaille, president business operations.
Former Penguins on the Rangers: Daniel Carcillo, LW (Carcillo is a former Penguins draft pick but never played for the organization at the NHL level); Rick Kehoe, professional scout; Dominic Moore, C; Ulf Samuelsson, assistant coach; Glen Sather, general manager.
Who needs to be the difference for the Kings: Anze Kopitar, Justin Williams, Jeff Carter, etc. The Kings have all kinds of depth up front. They need to exploit this advantage and find a way to get past the Rangers' difficult defense.
Who needs to be the difference for the Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist. As always, he needs to be the Rangers' best player.
Best Kings YouTube Video We Could Find: Kopitar's overtime goal in Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, a 2-1 win against the Devils:
Best Rangers YouTube Video We Could Find: Rangers goaltender Mike Richter stopping Canucks right winger Pavel Bure on a penalty shot in Game 4 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Final:
EN Prediction: The Kings have too much experience and depth for the Rangers. Lundqvist will give the Rangers a fighting chance but not enough of one. Kings 4-2.
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