A lot of big events are happening around the world, but in the US this is the one thing that most sports fans are looking forward to: the Stanley Cup finals! Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers have both fought their way to the finals and its gonna be an exciting set of games coming up. The first game of the series is set in the Staples Center, Kings home ground.
New York Rangers has done good getting to the finals, but I have to say they have been somewhat lucky. First off they meet a weak Philadelphia Flyers team that has had a horrible defence this season. Next up were Pittsburgh Penguins without their star player Fleury. Finally they faced off against Canadiens that had to play without their starting goalie Carey Price. By all means, the Rangers team is quite strong, but they are facing probably the toughest team they have faced yet in the playoffs. We do not expect this team to put up the most points so if they want to keep up they are relying on Henrik Lundqvist to play his very best which he is known to do, but he may sway from his top as we saw against the Canadiens.
Los Angeles Kings has this cup in their grasp. They are the best team, they are riding a wave of big momentum. Have probably the best goalie in the league, great defence and a furious offence. It is gonna be hard for New York Rangers to keep up here. On their way to the finals they have knocked out Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks and last years winners Chicago Blackhawks. And all of this were done in the last game of the series away. What a ride!
Although Kings are coming of less rest than the New Yorkers we believe that having the home field advantage and still steaming after some great games this game is still in their hands. If they can keep up this great a defence and still have an offence that scores at this rate this series is not gonna go much further than the 4th game we predict. Let us hope it gets more exciting than we predict it will!
Our Predictions: Los Angeles Kings to win (Odds are 2.05 @ TitanBet)
It is time for the playoffs and the second place finishers in the Pacific divison, San Jose Sharks, is hosting the third place finishers from the same division, Los Angeles Kings, in the first of possible seven matches in this playoff match. We are looking at two vastly different teams here, but also two that are playing closely in the matchup.
Sharks have a great team starting with their solid and tough offence. They have both the speed and the toughness to really duke it out on the edges and make things happen. Thornton and Marleau are making things happen up front and are supporte by players like Couture and Burns. They are lacking in depth though, but this first line is pretty fierce.
Defensive they are also quite good with the veteran Boyle, but he is starting to look sluggish in our opinion. They are lukcy they are facing the tempered and easy-going team from Los Angeles which would probably fit the backfield better. Vlasic will off course try to make up for this lack of speed as he looks like a complete back from our point of view.
As for the Kings we have a team that strangely enough advanced to the playoffs, while at the same time finishing the season with the fifth lowest scoring rate. The reason they did this is that they also have the lowest allowed scoring rate in the league. Their playing style is simply so laidback and methodical that you wouldn’t believe. I have trouble foreseeing them taking it all the way, but it is an interesting approach to the game.
They never seem to fully go on the offence and are always leaving their third man at the back so as to never be overpowered on the counter attack. This has lead them to shutting out the offensive players of many teams and will probably frustrate this Sharks team as well.
We believe that the low scoring and low scores allowed favors a under bet here. The speed of the Sharks attacking side is not enough to break through this stout defence and we are not likely to see a high scoring game. Bet the under!
Our Predictions: Under 5 goals to be scored (Odds are 1.73 @ Bet365)