The Los Angeles Kings are racking up wins against the New York Rangers in all kinds of ways.
After coming back from two-goal deficits in Games 1 and 2 to emerge victorious in overtime, the Kings started hot in Game 3 and pitched the first shutout of the series, winning by a score of 3-0.
It appears as though Los Angeles is just as a good playing with the lead as they are playing from behind.
That's not good news for the Rangers.
Down 3-0 in the series and on the brink of elimination, New York will attempt to hang on for dear life in its Game 4 contest at home.
If the Rangers can win Wednesday's bout, they'll gain some much-needed momentum and confidence to begin their climb out of a very deep hole.
Stranger things have happened.
After all, FiveThirtyEight tweeted an interesting statistic regarding comeback bids in hockey:
Will New York begin its comeback bid, or will Los Angeles put the final nail in the coffin on Wednesday?
Let's break down the game's viewing information and odds, as well as predict how the contest is likely to unfold.
Kings vs. Rangers Game 4 Viewing Info
Series: Los Angeles leads 3-0
When: Wednesday, June 11
Where: Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Odds: Rangers -1.5 (via Odds Shark)
We saw a dramatic turn of events in goal in Game 3.
Jonathan Quick appeared to be struggling entering the series, and after a pair of early goals against him in each of the first two games, that trend appeared to be ongoing.
He put an end to that on Monday.
Quick was fantastic, racking up 32 saves against a relentless New York offense, including blanking the Rangers on six power-play attempts.
During a press conference with the Associated Press, via ESPN.com, Quick gave credit to his supporting cast. He said, "The team played great in front of me, cleared out a lot of rebounds that I left in front."
The NHL tweeted how long it's been since a goaltender pitched a Stanley Cup Final shutout at Madison Square Garden:
One positive note going forward for the Rangers is the fact that Los Angeles was only able to accumulate 15 shots on goal in Game 3.
Of course, three of those shots got past Henrik Lundqvist, but the goaltender was hardly to blame, as two were put in by his own teammates.
Lundqvist spoke about the ordeal during the press conference, "You try to stay positive right now, but it's tough. It's really tough. We are doing a lot of good things, but you look at the goals, and we put two in our own net. Then just a tough play on the third one."
Even though Lundqvist wasn't necessarily responsible for those goals, it's still absolutely deflating to the team.
To make matters worse for the Rangers, SportsCenter tweeted a statistic regarding the team's current Stanley Cup Final situation:
Heading into Game 4, the Kings hold all of the momentum. However, this closeout game will be their toughest test yet. Los Angeles will be up against a Rangers team—that hasn't necessarily been playing badly—with their backs against the wall.
Expect New York to produce some quality offense on its home ice on Wednesday, with Lundqvist remaining stout in goal, to extend this series at least one more game.
Prediction: Rangers 4, Kings 2
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