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Stanley Cup Final 2014: TV Schedule and Odds for Rangers vs. Kings Game 5

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11:  Ryan McDonagh #27 and Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers battle for position in front of the net against Jeff Carter #77 and Tanner Pearson #70 of the Los Angeles Kings during Game Four of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden on June 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJune 13, 2014

The New York Rangers may have won on Wednesday, but the Los Angeles Kings still hold the 3-1 series advantage in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

Los Angeles stole each of the first three games in the championship series, but New York understood what was at stake and came out swinging in Game 4. Now the focus turns to Game 5 on Friday night.

Here is the full 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 Rangers defeated Kings, 2-1-- --
Game 5June 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 1-15-1500
New York Rangers 7-1+700
Source: OddsShark.com

 

Breaking Down Rangers vs. Kings Game 5

The Los Angeles Kings took the dominant 3-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final by winning Game 1 and 2 in overtime and shutting out the New York Rangers in Game 3.

New York looked to be out on its feet, but the Rangers came out swinging and staved off elimination for at least one more game.

Unfortunately for New York, the series now shifts back to Los Angeles.

After scoring once in the opening period, veteran Martin St. Louis put the Rangers up by two goals before Kings captain Dustin Brown scored a gorgeous unassisted goal. Los Angeles came close to evening the score, but ESPN showed the luck New York had on Wednesday night:

Kings rookie winger Tanner Pearson told Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com about his team’s mentality after a tough loss on Wednesday:

I think you've just got to keep your head in it and realize what's at stake. There are so many veteran guys on our team that help you keep your head into it. It wasn't that hard. At the end of the day, that's what you've got to do, right? You can't have your head spinning about what's going on. You just have to go out there and do what got you here in the first place.

As it has been throughout this series, it was Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist who saved New York’s season with his amazing play. Despite facing an astounding 41 shots during regulation, the Swedish netminder only allowed one goal.

For the Rangers offensive unit, they only managed to get one shot on Kings goalie Jonathan Quick in the entire third period. As A.J. Perez of NJ.com shared on Twitter, Lundqvist once again carried the load:

With the home-ice advantage in the series and the Stanley Cup Final heading back to LA, the edge in Game 5 goes to the Kings. Even with Lundqvist playing out of his mind, New York has not found any consistency in the offensive zone.

The Los Angeles defense has done a great job of limiting the Rangers’ chances, and the forechecking by everyone on the Kings roster has been stellar. The key will be to continue firing the puck at the net just as they have.

Eventually, Lundqvist will make a mistake or Los Angeles will get a lucky bounce. The Kings are the better team, and they should end the series on Friday.

Game 5 Prediction: Los Angeles Wins, 3-1

 

*Stats via NHL.com.

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