Rangers v Kings Game 1 - NHL Betting Preview
New York Rangers (+) at Los Angeles Kings (-)
STANLEY CUP FINALS – Game 1 Wednesday, 8:00pm ET
Game 1 is more important for the Rangers as it is for the Kings. This is New York's chance to steal an early one when the Kings may be tired coming off their third straight seven game series. The theme before the he Stanley cup opener is all about rest.
The Rangers were able to relax and watch the Kings pull off their thrilling Game 7 overtime win on Sunday. After New York won their series, they had two days off before returning to practice on Sunday.
After having to play their first two playoff series to the seven game limit, the Rangers were happy the Eastern Finals didn't go the distance. "It helps when you can wrap a series -- not just physically, but mentally," said 38-year-old forward Martin St. Louis, one of only a handful of Rangers with previous finals experience. "To play Game 7s, they're fun but they're stressful. I am glad we didn't have to do that with Montreal."
Rangers' forward, Brad Richards, who won the Stanley Cup in 2004 along with then teammate St. Louis with Tapa Bay concurs. "We are welcoming the rest, and regrouping. We've played a lot of hockey since March 1. It's good for our team, but whether it's an advantage or not, I don't know. We'd rather go in with a little more rest and preparation than not."
The Broadway Blueshirts will practice again in New York on Monday before flying out to California with enough time both prepare and rest. Game 1 is the chance for the underdog Rangers to take a bite out of the Kings. They're odds are +130 for Game 1 and +130 to win the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals Series.
* Betting lines mentioned in this article are subject to change due to time sensitivity. Please visit the sports betting lines for up to date odds.
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