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Rangers vs. Kings: Complete TV Schedule and Predictions for Stanley Cup Finals

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29:  The New York Rangers celebrates after defeating the Montreal Canadiens in Game Six to win the Eastern Conference Final in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 29, 2014 in New York City. The New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1 to 0.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIJune 3, 2014

After so many intense series in this year's NHL playoffs, the 2014 Stanley Cup Final between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers is finally here, and the TV schedule is officially set.

Both teams have had to play plenty of playoff games to get here. The Kings have had to go to Game 7 in every single series against some top-tier teams, and the Rangers won in seven in their first two series before taking down the Montreal Canadiens in six the Eastern Conference Final.

Now that the teams are set for the Stanley Cup Finals let's take a look at the complete TV schedule as well as a couple of predictions for the series.

Stanley Cup Finals Schedule
GameDateHome TeamTime (ET)TV
1Wednesday, June 4Los Angeles8 p.m.NBC
2Saturday, June 7Los Angeles7 p.m.NBC
3Monday, June 9New York8 p.m.NBCSN
4Wednesday, June 11New York8 p.m.NBCSN
5*Friday, June 13Los Angeles8 p.m.NBC
6*Monday, June 16New York8 p.m.NBC
7*Wednesday, June 18Los Angeles8 p.m.NBC
* if necessary

 

Don't Expect a Shootout

May 29, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save during the third period against the Montreal Canadiens in game six of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Manda
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Neither of these teams like to give up goals, and while they can get hot from time to time, having two defensive-minded teams like these means we'll be seeing some very low-scoring games.

Jun 1, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) makes a save during the second period in game seven of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. Mandatory
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During the regular season, the Kings led the NHL with just two goals allowed per game, while the Rangers were fourth at just 2.3 goals per game. Neither team was especially strong offensively, either, with the Kings and Rangers scoring 2.4 and 2.6 goals per game respectively.

Both teams have great goalies in Jonathan Quick and Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist has been terrific this postseason with a .928 save percentage and just 2.03 goals allowed per game. However, Quick has been solid as well, and he also has a great defenseman in Drew Doughty who can help block shots before they even get to the goalie.

The Rangers have gotten to the Stanley Cup Final thanks to their defense. As Steve Mears from NHL Live points out, the Rangers' defense was the key to New York taking down the Canadiens in Game 6.

There might be a couple of somewhat high-scoring games, but don't expect a ton of them, as these two goalies will be shutting down the opposing offenses throughout the series.

  

If It Goes to Game 7, Expect The Kings To Win

Jun 1, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; (EDITORS NOTE: caption correction due to official scoring change) Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll (28) and center Tyler Toffoli (73) celebrate after the game-winning goal by defenseman Alec Martinez (not pictured) duri
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Both teams have had to deal with some high-pressure situations this season, but the amount of pressure the Kings have dealt with will give them the edge if this series goes the distance.

With those three previous Game 7 wins, the Kings actually became the first team in NHL history to have to go to Game 7 in each series before the Stanley Cup Final, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

What's even more impressive is the way the Kings have fought back in these series. They started the playoffs down 3-0 to the San Jose Sharks, then stormed back to win the last four in dramatic fashion. After that, the Kings lost three straight against the Anaheim Ducks before winning the final two to advance, then lost two straight to the Chicago Blackhawks before finally sealing the series in overtime of Game 7.

After losing Game 6 in the previous round, Doughty talked about playing in Game 7 situations and how his team has adjusted to dealing with these situations.

"We've been in that spot a few times, and we know how to deal with it," Doughty told ESPN's Arash Markazi after Game 6. "We're still a confident group. We know we lost tonight, but we're over it already. We're ready to move on and win a game in the United Center."

This series could end early, but if it goes to Game 7, it's hard to count against the team that's already dealt with the pressure so many times.

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