The Los Angeles Kings took Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals by virtue of an overtime goal from Justin Williams. The Rangers took an early 2-0 first period lead, silencing Los Angeles’ home crowd. However, the Kings quickly rallied back with a goal from Kyle Clifford and knotted the score 2-2 with a second period goal from Drew Doughty. The Kings outshot the Rangers, 43-27. The Kings dominated the third period, out shooting the Rangers 20-3.
Facing a 1-0 deficit, the Rangers must win Game 2 to even this series. Thus far, the Rangers have scored more goals on the road (3.1 goals per game) compared to just 2.3 GPP at home. The Rangers also had a losing record at home during the regular season. Winning Game 2 will alleviate some of the pressure before they head home to New York.
Expect the Kings to play with a lot of confidence heading into Game 2. They were able to erase a two goal deficit against Henrik Lundqvist, which will only boost their confidence. The Kings went scoreless on the power play, which has been their biggest weapon so far this postseason. If the Kings can fire another 40+ shots at Lundqvist, expect a few to go in on the power play.
The Kings came out a little nervous in Game 1, but slowly settled those nerves over the course of Game 1. Current NHL odds have the Kings installed as a -148 money line favorite. Expect a more relaxed effort in Game 2 as they take a 2-0 series lead.
The Pick: LA Kings -148