Stanley Cup Final 2014: Updated Schedule and Odds for Kings vs. Rangers Game 4

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Stanley Cup Final 2014: Updated Schedule and Odds for Kings vs. Rangers Game 4
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The 2014 Stanley Cup Final has already featured plenty of intense action in both the offensive and defensive zones, but the battle between the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers has almost reached its conclusion.

Los Angeles leads New York in the series, 3-0.

Many factors have played into the series thus far, but none has made an impact like the play of the goaltenders from each team. Both Jonathan Quick and Henrik Lundqvist are top netminders in the league, and how they play will be a major factor in the rest of this series.

Here is the updated schedule and odds for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

2014 Stanley Cup Final Schedule
Game Date Matchup Network Live Stream
Game 1 June 4 Kings defeated Rangers, 3-2 -- --
Game 2 June 7 Kings defeated Rangers, 5-4 -- --
Game 3 June 9 Kings defeated Rangers, 3-0 -- --
Game 4 June 11 Los Angeles at NY Rangers NBCSN NBC Live Extra
*Game 5 June 13 NY Rangers at Los Angeles NBC NBC Live Extra
*Game 6 June 16 Los Angeles at NY Rangers NBC NBC Live Extra
*Game 7 June 18 NY Rangers at Los Angeles NBC NBC Live Extra

Source: NHL.com. *If necessary.

*Live stream via NBC Live Extra.

 

Now that you’ve seen the schedule, here are the latest championship odds.

2014 Championship Odds
Team Odds Money Line
Los Angeles Kings 2/3 -150
New York Rangers 13/10 +130

Source: OddsShark.com

 

What to Watch in Game 4: The Battle of the Goaltenders

Each team in this series has stars at the forward positions and on the defensive unit, but the biggest contributing factor for the eventual winner of this series will be the play of the goaltender.

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For Los Angeles, the success of the team runs through the play of former Stanley Cup champion Jonathan Quick. While consistency has been an issue at times for him this postseason, he has come up big in key moments.

Whether it’s in Game 7 or in overtime, he understands the pressure and enjoys having the game resting on his shoulders. As emotional as the goaltender can be in support of his team, he stiffens up under the most intense conditions.

For New York, there is no bigger star on the roster than Henrik Lundqvist.

Not only is he one of the best goaltenders in the NHL, but he is also a vocal leader for the franchise, telling Craig Custance of ESPN The Magazine about a missed interference call in Game 2:

They score a goal and I can't even move. I don't expect a penalty on the play, but they need to blow the whistle. A goalie can't move when you have a guy like that on top of you. It's such an important play of that game…I don't buy it. That's a wrist shot that I'm just going to reach out for, and I can't move. It's a different game after that. It's such an important play in the game.

With the offensive cogs like Rick Nash, Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards struggling throughout the postseason, the biggest reason the Rangers made it to the Stanley Cup Final has been the elite play of Lundqvist.

New York has struggled at times defensively in front of him, but the Swedish star has been the only consistent for the Rangers during the run to the final series. He has been far from perfect, but he is the most reliable performer on the roster.

Both Fox Sports Live and Sporting Charts shared some more details about the goalies on Twitter:

In Game 4, the battle between Quick and Lundqvist will be the focus of the hockey fans who want the series to go the distance. If New York wants to contend for the title, Lundqvist must play well and be protected by his defenders.

On the other hand, another great game from Quick and the tough Los Angeles defense would break the back of the Rangers.

 

*Stats via NHL.com.

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