New York Rangers 2.25 – Los Angeles Kings 2.90
It would have already been a legendary Stanley Cup run for the Los Angeles Kings even if there was nothing too remarkable about their victory in the Finals, but they seem intent on doing it the hard way.
Rallying from a 2-0 deficit for the second time against the Rangers – and the third time in a row if you include Game 7 versus Chicago – defies the logic of how you're supposed to be successful in the playoffs.
Captain Dustin Brown was on the spot to bank home the double overtime clincher that means New York head back Madison Square Garden with nothing to show for their very deserving efforts. There still wouldn't be anything too unusual about a comeback being launched from this position though, and the threat to them is that LA can play without pressure knowing they have a series lead to fall back on.
To pull off the turnaround they could do a lot worse than following the example of Mats Zuccarello, who put in a storming performance for the Rangers on Saturday and his compete level is always off the charts.
The Norwegian's line with Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot is one of few even strength positives for Alain Vigneault, and if you're picking a scorer any of those guys are a solid choice from those wearing blue and white.
I say ‘few’ because the two lines centred by Derek Stepan and Brad Richards are struggling with their matchups, and in deficit to the Kings they're seeing the most. Powerplay success could become essential for New York as those key units that get a lot of ice time are otherwise finding it difficult to establish time in the offensive zone.
We've seen 14 goals in the two contests so far, all by different scorers, and you can't blame either goaltender for that high total. Backing over 4.5 goals should be a safe option tonight at 1.73.
Elsewhere, I'm surprised by the Rangers being so favoured in the odds here at 2.25, although they've surpassed expectations I'm worried by the fact they're yet to score in the third period or later when LA have tightened the screw.
Overtime has been a regular feature throughout this postseason and it's got to the point where taking on the tie is pretty much always a smart move.
Best Bet: 3.65 on a draw in regulation.