NHL Playoffs 2014: Full Schedule and TV Info for Rangers vs. Kings

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NHL Playoffs 2014: Full Schedule and TV Info for Rangers vs. Kings
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It could be argued that a Chicago-New York Stanley Cup Final would have been ideal for the sport, but it's hard to argue with the commercial sexiness of a New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings finale.

After both teams pulled out epic one-goal wins to clinch their spot in the final series, that's exactly what we have.

The never-say-die Kings won three Game 7s on the road to get to the finals, and the Rangers rode the wide and sturdy shoulders of their all-world goalie Henrik Lundqvist to the threshold of championship glory.

Which team will reign supreme? Here's viewing information so you can follow all the action, per NHL.com.

Date Visiting Team Home Team Time TV  
Wednesday, June 4
Rangers
Kings
8 p.m. ET
CBC,NBC,RDS
Saturday, June 7
Rangers
Kings
7 p.m. ET
CBC,NBC,RDS
Monday, June 9
Kings
Rangers
8 p.m. ET
CBC,RDS,NBCSN
Wednesday, June 11
Kings
Rangers
8 p.m. ET
CBC,RDS,NBCSN
Friday, June 13
Rangers
Kings
8 p.m. ET*
CBC,NBC,RDS
Monday, June 16
Kings
Rangers
8 p.m. ET*
CBC,NBC,RDS
Wednesday, June 18
Rangers
Kings
8 p.m. ET*
CBC,NBC,RDS

* - if necessary

Which players are key in this series? Let's take a look at three.

 

Henrik Lundqvist

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Despite an up-and-down series against the Montreal Canadiens, Lundqvist came up big in the clincher for the Rangers.

He stopped all 18 shots he faced and helped to seal the 1-0 triumph. This remarkable save was one of the postseason's best highlights, and it kept the Habs off the scoreboard.

In the Stanley Cup Final, the Rangers will be hoping Lundqvist can carry over that momentum. As Pete Jensen of NHL.com says, the "King" must seize this opportunity against the Kings.

Lundqvist has been solid in the last two postseasons with five shutouts.

The win over Montreal marked the first time he blanked an opponent during this playoff run. If he has more of the same in reserve, the Kings will be in trouble.

 

Jonathan Quick

Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press

Quick hasn't been very good during the postseason.

He's allowed 2.82 goals per game and his save percentage is just .906. In all honesty, the Kings have been winning in spite of him.

He'll need to ratchet up his play in this series facing one of the best in the business in Lundqvist.

L.A. would love if Quick can somehow find the form he displayed during the Kings' run to the Stanley Cup title in 2012.

He was dominant then and seemed like he was one of the game's best. Since then, he's been inconsistent. 

 

Rick Nash

Kathy Willens/Associated Press

This is what Nash came to the Rangers to accomplish. After years of suffering with the Columbus Blue Jackets, he has a real opportunity to win a Stanley Cup.

Nash has been solid in the postseason thus far, though he just recently found his goal-scoring eye.

His three goals, seven assists and plus-two rating prove he's been a major contributor. With five days between the start of the Stanley Cup Final and the end of the Eastern Conference Final, Nash has had time to let the gravity of the moment sink in a little.

But per the Rangers' Twitter account, he isn't relaxing too much.

Can he elevate his game even more to help his team capture the four victories needed to become champions?

We'll soon find out.

 

Stats per Hockey-Reference.com

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