The New York Rangers still have some life.
After three consecutive Los Angeles Kings wins in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, the Rangers suddenly had their backs against the wall and faced elimination in Game 4 in Madison Square Garden.
Thanks to some stellar play from Henrik Lundqvist, New York emerged victorious by a score of 2-1 and is still alive and kicking in the Final—for now.
The Rangers now face the daunting task of defeating the Kings in Los Angeles.
That's no easy feat considering their cross-country journey to face a very well-rounded team in front of a hostile crowd at Staples Center.
Although it certainly isn't impossible.
Will the Rangers win once again and stay alive for at least another game, or will the Kings put an end to the series and hoist the Stanley Cup on Friday evening?
Before this highly anticipated contest gets underway, let's take a look at the game's viewing information and odds, followed by a prediction of how it's likely to unfold.
Kings vs. Rangers Game 5 Viewing Information
Series: Kings lead 3-1
When: Friday, June 13
Where: Staples Center in Los Angeles, California
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Odds: Los Angeles -1.5 (via OddsShark.com)
What more can be said about Lundqvist that hasn't been said already?
He's been absolutely dominant through the playoffs, and reaffirmed that fact in Game 4 by accumulating 40 saves after a three-period onslaught of shots from the Kings.
ESPN Stats & Info tweeted a staggering statistic regarding Lundqvist's 40 saves:
Henrik Lundqvist's 40 saves are the 3rd most by a goalie in a Cup Final win when facing elimination in last 40 years. (h/t @EliasSports)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 12, 2014
Lundqvist spoke of his mindset during a press conference with the Associated Press, via ESPN.com:
"When everything is on the line, you just have to challenge yourself the right way. "You have to be focused. One mistake and the season is over. You're definitely aware of that."
The goaltender will have to continue playing in top form in Los Angeles. After all, he's not getting a vast amount of help from the Rangers offense.
In Game 4, New York took just 19 total shots—with just one in the third period—and allowed the Kings to control the pace of the game.
After all, here's a great look at how close the game came to overtime, courtesy of a tweet from NHL on NBC:
That won't fly on the west coast.
Even though Jonathan Quick wasn't spectacular during Game 4, he's played very well throughout the duration of this series. Expect him to regain his form on home ice while the Kings offense pelts Lundqvist with an abundance of shots once more.
This series won't go back to New York.
Kings 3, Rangers 2