NHL Stanley Cup Finals – Rangers at Kings, Game 2

With the Los Angeles Kings having overcome a two-goal deficit to snag an overtime victory in Game 1 of the NHL’s Stanley Cup finals, the New York Rangers will look to tie the series by returning the favor on Saturday night (7:00 p.m. ET on NBC).

 

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With the Los Angeles Kings having overcome a two-goal deficit to snag an overtime victory in Game 1 of the NHL’s Stanley Cup finals, the New York Rangers will look to tie the series by returning the favor on Saturday night (7:00 p.m. ET on NBC).

“We have to expect they’re going to be a lot better.  We have to be better or you’re going to be down 2-0,” said Rangers center Brad Richards.

Although it’s difficult to call any Game 2 a must-win situation, this one might qualify.  At the very least, the Rangers certainly don’t want to go back to New York down two games.  Against this Kings team, which has consistently been better on the road all playoffs, it might be imperative for the Rangers to steal Saturday’s game.

If the Rangers hope to pull out Game 2, they will need a solid performance from Rick Nash, their leading scorer in the regular season and arguably their best player.

“I had some energy and some chances early, but I’ve got to finish.  I’ve got to find a way to finish those chances,” Nash said of Game 1.

For the Kings, their focus will be starting strong.  After being down 2-0 in the early moments of Game 1, the Kings needed a comeback and overtime heroics from Justin Williams to win the game.  They hope Game 2 will contain a different storyline but the same result.

“You can’t chase leads all the time,” Kings Coach Darryl Sutter explained.  “We can play a lot better.  And it’s way better when you’re not chasing the lead.”

The Los Angeles Kings are the favorite for this one at -155, with the New York Rangers at +135.  The Puck Line is -1.5 for the Kings.