By Amanda Sklarek @amandabukowski on June 12, 2014
Although the Rangers just snagged a win, the Kings are leading 3-1 and no team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win it all. Here are five predictions for how Game 5 will go down.
Games 1 and 2 in this series were both decided in overtime, one of them being double overtime. Now that the Kings are up 3-1 in the series, it is down to the wire and we should not expect either team to give anything less than their all.
After delivering a great regular season for the Rangers, Nash was looking to be their go-to guy in the playoffs. But on the contrary, he has not been. Nash has performed poorly in virtually every meeting in the playoffs. He has played all four games against the Kings without earning a single point and is currently -1. If the Rangers live to play another game, it will not be because of Nash.
The Rangers’ power play has not been their strong suit in the playoffs. Out of a whopping 98 power play opportunities, the Rangers have only scored on 12 of those, bringing their power play percentage to 12.2%. Power play goals have been deemed crucial, especially in the playoffs. If they have any hope for a Game 6, they need to score on these opportunities.
There is no doubt that Lundqvist is a phenomenal goalie -- one of the best in the league. Overall, he stacks up well against Quick and is one of the biggest reasons why the Kings haven’t ended this series already. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been playing his best this series. The Kings have discovered how to penetrate this brick wall and will continue to do so until it is completely destroyed.
The Rangers finished 12th in the league, just two spots below the Kings. Both teams have managed to fight their way through the playoffs but the Rangers are just barely hanging on. The Kings lead the series 3-1 as their team continues to play great, while the Rangers’ performance is only declining. The Kings will hoist Lord Stanley in their house at the Staples Center on June 13th.
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