With their backs against the wall, the NY Rangers face elimination for the first time in these 2014 NHL Stanley Cup predictions, as they play Game 4 tonight. Home-ice advantage didn’t mean much when this series shifted to the East Coast, as the Kings took a commanding 3-0 lead.
What was supposed to be a highly competitive game in which the Rangers would be inspired by their fans, “quickly” turned into a nightmare as NY was shut out, 3-0. Nevertheless, that hasn’t deterred NHL hockey odds makers from siding with the home tem yet again for Game 4.
Can the NY Rangers avoid being swept at the hands of the LA Kings? If oddsmakers are on the money, this team will live to fight another day. The latest money lines favor the Rangers (-130) over the Kings (+110), the O/U totals 5 goals, and alternate spread look like this: LA +1.5 (-250) vs. NY -1.5 (+210).
In front of almost 20,000 fans, the Kings showed that they are to be feared not only because of the depth but also because of their defense. In his best start of the series, LA goalie Jonathan Quick stopped 32 shots on his way to a no-hitter, while the offense took care of the rest.
In the first stanza, LA jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Jeff Carter goal in the final second of the period. Things would only escalate from there, as the Kings put up a two-spot in the second period to secure the win.
Game 4 of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Finals is slated for tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern Time from Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., and will be broadcast on the following networks: NBCS, CBC, RDS. Can the free NHL hockey predictions NY Rangers fight off elimination and live to fight another day against a determined LA Kings squad?
- 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Predictions Game 4: NY Rangers -130