Live Chat at 1 today, Rangers- Kings Stanley Cup final matchups and wall-to-wall coverage

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OK, catching up after a long day going coast to coast.

We’re going to try to do a Live Stanley Cup Final Chat most days during the series, starting today at 1 p.m. Be there. Or else. I will provide notes for your bosses.

Got a lot of stuff to post today, but if you want to get a head start — and I suggest you do — visit http://www.lohud.com/sports/rangers/

or Click here for our entire pre-series package.

Or click on the individual items. Included are:

My lengthy feature on Alain Vigneault.

Josh Thomson’s story about Glen Sather and another about Brad Richards’ future.

Most days during the series, starting today, we will have Sam Rosen’s diary. In the first installment he discusses the excitement around this team’s run.

We have picks from a bunch of TV/radio personalities, as well as me and Josh, 26.

There’s an interactive look back at the highlights of the season and the first three rounds of playoffs.

Also, my Five Things to Watch.

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Here’s a look at how the Rangers and Kings match up.

Forwards

Alain Vigneault, the Rangers’ coach and a guy who is always up on statistical date, made note of this simple point before the series: The Los Angeles Kings were the lowest-scoring team to make the Stanley Cup playoffs, and now, after three rounds, they are the highest-scoring team in the playoffs (a gaudy 3.48 goals per game).

The Rangers, by comparison, have scored 2.70 per game, and that’s inflated by a 7-2 win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final, and having faced two backup goalies for chunks of series due to injuries.

Based purely on top-end offensive ability, Kings forwards are far better than the Rangers, and it starts with the mighty pair of center Anze Kopitar, who leads all playoff point-producers with 24, and ex-Ranger Marian Gaborik, added at the trade deadline, who leads all goal scorers with 12. Throw in the streaky Jeff Carter (9 goals, 13 assists), and super-clutch Justin Williams, among others, and it’s easy to see how dangerous L.A. is.

The Kings, though, aren’t just an offensive team. They can play it big, with heavy bodies such as captain Dustin Brown (think a thicker, meaner Ryan Callahan), Dwight King, Kyle Clifford, Tanner Pearson and solid two-way center, penalty-killer and faceoff expert Jarret Stoll. Clifford and Trevor Lewis did not play much in Game 7 Sunday in Chicago.

Mike Richards is an old foil, from his Philadelphia days with Carter, and the Kings — who may be a tad slower than the Rangers and/or the defending champion Blackhawks they just beat — have plenty of all-around weaponry up front.

The Rangers’ forwards attack mostly with speed, and with depth, though that depth will be tested in this series. Their ultra-effective fourth line of ex-King Brian Boyle, Dominic Moore and Derek Dorsett might not be the mismatch they have been for other opponents.

The Rangers will surely need more offense from the trio of Rick Nash, Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider, what should be their top scoring line. The return of Kreider from a broken hand has given the Rangers a much different look with his size, speed, strength, shot and net presence.

They will need for the Benoit Pouliot-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello trio to be the force they were in the regular season — and especially for Pouliot and Kreider to stay out of the penalty box. Perhaps the Rangers’ best of the top three lines vs. Montreal was Carl Hagelin on the left of Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis, Stanley Cup champions with the Tampa Bay Lightning 10 years ago. Hagelin’s speed has created trouble for opponents throughout the postseason, and while the older two sometimes have had trouble in their own end, they also have scored important goals at big times.

This may be Richards’ last hurrah in New York, with a likely amnesty buyout hanging over his head, but he has become the team leader since Callahan was dealt for St. Louis.

Edge: Los Angeles

Defense

The Kings have the best defenseman in the series, or at least going into the series, in Drew Doughty.

But the Rangers have arguably the next three best in Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal … and their bottom three aren’t bad at all.

And we’ve seen in the last series how a defenseman in the conversation for the Norris Trophy (Montreal’s P.K. Subban) can be outplayed — by a lot in his case — by the rising two-way star that is the 24-year-old McDonagh.

Girardi and Staal, two still-youngish old lions on this team, very badly want to take the next step after losing in the conference final in 2012, and they will have to be superb, especially against the Kopitar-Gaborik duo, and against the speedy Carter. No reason to think they won’t be. Staal and Anton Stralman have arguably been as good as McDonagh-Girardi in the playoffs.

The third pair has been very solid, with Kevin Klein on one side … but John Moore will miss Game 1 while serving the second game of a two-game suspension, so Raphael Diaz will get another shot in Moore’s spot. He moved the puck well in Game 6 vs. Montreal.

The Rangers’ calling card is the way they defend, and create offense and speedy breakouts from good defense.

Doughty plays with Jake Muzzin on L.A.’s minutes-eating pair, and veteran Willie Mitchell still makes life miserable for opposing forecheckers. He might turn it over on occasion and take a penalty once in a while, but he will also take a pound of flesh.

Matt Greene, Alec Martinez and Slava Voynov round out what is a very good, physical and versatile top six.

Edge: Rangers

Goalies

Jonathan Quick has something Henrik Lundqvist doesn’t have — a Stanley Cup — and, really, if the Rangers could have scored a few goals against the Devils in 2012, this could have been a rematch of that final.

Quick is good, he is quick and he surely is the best goalie the Rangers have faced in these playoffs, after a string of Ray Emery, Steve Mason, Marc-Andre Fleury, Carey Price (briefly) and Dustin Tokarski, though Mason and Tokarski played very well, and Fleury, despite his shakiness, threw a pair of shutouts at the Rangers.

Quick, though, has been up and down, especially against Chicago in a series in which goals flowed and leads changed wildly. Quick also cost the Kings a 3-1 loss to the Rangers in the second game of the season when he knocked a harmless 180-foot McDonagh clearing pass into his own net for a short-handed goal.

As in every series he’s played this season, and most through his career, Henrik Lundqvist has been the best goalie.

He, too, has run into some inconsistencies, especially in games in which the Rangers have led in a series. He was pulled once against Philadelphia and once against Montreal, and rebounded both times with superb efforts. He’s been huge in Game 7s (five straight wins, four total goals allowed) and elimination games (10-2), and his five-game stretch from Game 5 vs. Pittsburgh through Game 2 vs. Montreal might be the best of his career. A five-minute, third-period span of Game 7 vs. Pittsburgh is the difference between the Rangers being here or gone.

Edge: Rangers

Special teams

With Doughty on the point, Kopitar working the walls and the net front, Carter and Gaborik finding holes and sniping away, LA’s power play is extremely dangerous. It’s racking up goals at a 25.4 percent rate.

The Rangers’ power play has won several playoff games for them … but it also went through an unimaginable 0-for-36 stretch in the first two rounds, and lost some games, too. It will need to be good this time around.

What has been good is the Rangers’ penalty kill, which frustrated Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux, and Subban. They have killed penalties at an 85.9 percent clip, and they still block shots on the penalty kill as they did in the John Tortorella days.

Los Angeles’ penalty kill (81.2 percent) ranks just ninth among the 16 playoff teams.

Edge: Even

Coaches

Darryl Sutter mumbles and confounds, but he makes a lot of sense, and if there’s ever been an even-keeled coach, it’s him. Sutter, who guided the Kings to the Cup in 2012, knew what needed to be said after the Kings lost Game 5 on the road and Game 6 at home to the Blackhawks. “Flight’s at 11,” he told them. In other words, the next game is what matters, not the last.

Vigneault is still stung from a Game 7 loss to Boston in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, after his Vancouver Canucks had led the series 3-2. He admitted Monday that he cried with family and friends afterward.

He’s a hungry guy who believes in his players, and they believe in him.

Edge: Even

Intangibles

The Kings came back from three games down to beat San Jose, the fifth team to accomplish the feat. They have a championship and tons of playoff experience. They are the first team ever to play 21 games to reach the final, the first team to ever win three road Game 7s in a playoff season.

The Rangers are counting on St. Louis and Richards and Vigneault to show them the way, but they draw inspiration from the 2012 run that stopped short after a 109-point season. They came back from a 3-1 deficit against Pittsburgh, the first time in their history they’ve done that; won a pair of Game 7s — they were the first to play two opening seven-game series and reach the final, until LA topped it; and are 5-0 in those Game 7s in the last three years … over which they will have played nine series.

Edge: Kings

My Pick: Rangers in 7.

Photo by Getty Images.

 

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  1. Real thorough review- as for the prediction: well, I learned my lesson about series predictions two series ago. Lets see what AV has come up with for the Kings and lets see how well the guys execute it. The only thing I saw as a plus about playing the Kings was that I wouldn’t have to watch Boyle trying to chase Patrick Kane around in vain- the matchup between our fourth line and the Kopitar trio should be telltale. More ways to lose this series than there are to win it- but FINALLY “It’s Go time!” Got to be ready.

  2. Doodie Machetto on

    This series is over in less than 6 games. Book it. Just so I can’t go to game 6. I have no idea who wins in 4 or 5, but conventional wisdom suggests it would be the Kings. However, just to rub extra salt in my wound, I think it will be the Rangers.

    So Rangers in 4, because of course I would miss the Cup clinching game in a sweep.

  3. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp,

    I won’t be able to make the Charp today, but if I read it later will it still be live?

  4. Good morning, boneheads!

    Great overview, Carp! Not sure you’re thrilled about having to travel coast to coast, but congrats anyway. I assume this blog is one if the reasons you are able to do it this time.
    Also, you seem to be the only one media person without having any rooting interest to pick NY to win it all. Atta boy, Carp.

    As for the rest of what is being discussed- I feel like I need a vacation in order for me to be able to follow it. :-). But I’ll try.

    Can’t wait for 8 pm. Can’t wait to see what this team is going to bring when the Cup is on the line. Enjoy the ride, boneheads, no matter what happens at the end of two weeks. Just enjoy it.

  5. iManny-O-War on

    Stat: First Rangers Report Stanley Cup Final Chat

    “LA LA big city of dreams but everything in LA ain’t always what it seems” – Capone N Noreaga

  6. Robby Bonfire on

    Rather than make a pick, I will just say it is critically important for the Rangers to win both games in LA, given that LA figures to start physically wearing down the Rangers, as the series progresses. Even a 3-1 series lead for the Rangers I don’t see as being safe. And we know from recent history it is not.

    We drop two games in LA, it is easy to see LA taking a 3-1 series lead and not looking back. Lots of trepidation about his Rangers’ opponent, but, we have shown we can be Giant-killers, this year.

    With LA having three days rest since the Chicago series ended, I don’t see the Rangers having the same edge they had going into the Montreal Series. We really need a couple shutout performances from Hank, to steal this series, which is certainly possible.

  7. Even if we have to vomit a few times along the way, the longer this goes the better for us! The winner is ALOMST superfluous.

    The experience is most important. 7 games & hopefully a few OT’s. Preferably one being Saturday as its the only “early” game.

  8. Wonder what time Carps flight is on Sunday morning. Kenny Albert must be dizzy.

  9. Why is it that a 54 year old man like me, who’s seen his favorite teams win numerous championships STILL gets SO excited and nervous when his team is going to the Cup finals, especially the Rangers? I have so much nervous energy today and I know this day is going to draaaaaaaagggg. Got my blue work clothes on today!! LGR, LGR…Why not us? Is it 8PM yet?

  10. Against the big bad West NYR 14-13-1 (essentially .500)

    1-1 against LA (and our win in LA vs. Quick)

    We also swept the BH, the second best team in the West (of course we also got swept by the Ducks and Sharks). So we’ve done ok against the West.

  11. Sioux-per-man on

    What’s your Dream?

    Game Day, Rib Fest, Charp, and work golf!

    Sorry Carp I have to run a golf tournament an play with some customers. So no CHARPing for me today!

    If I’m lucky I’ll be back for GO TIME!

    Let’s Go RANGERS!

  12. Sioux-per-man on

    Rangers in 7, unless they steal it at home in game 6. It will be 1-1 after 2. 2-2 after 4.

    It’s that close!

  13. Stranger Nation on

    Very, very excited for this series. Cannot, I repeat, cannot believe this team is in the Cup Finals.

    Sire Father!!

  14. Its the Cup or bust. There’s no consolation prize. There is temporary consolation for appearing. We win we celebrate for the rest of our lives. We lose and we grumble about 2014.

  15. Anybody here know if the Cup goes to every game or only those that could result in its presentation?

    Is there any chance it won’t even get to MSG?

  16. Stranger Nation on

    Nash v. Gabby – nor really a contest

    More like
    Girardi v. Gabby; D Moops v Kopitar & McD v Brown

    Greene will be leaving neutral zone open to address our forwards speed on Left side; THE, Hags, Pullout – he has to play against one of them, need to take advantage of their 3rd pair.

    Mitchell will gift some chances as well either with penalties or cough ups.

    Prediction: We will be talking about our need for a crease clearing Dmen more than once in this series… These guys are bigger and tougher than the Habs and Pens combined.

  17. Manny-O-War on

    I’m going to need some more Coffee to get through all this *coverage* by Carp and Josh.

  18. Manny-O-War on

    Remember that time that McDonagh scored from the other end of the ice against Quick?

  19. I said it a thousand times back then that THE Kreider should have been on the U.S. Team.

    He didn’t go. And what happened? USA got burned.

  20. I’m not really sure that’s even a comparison we want to make “nash vs gabby”. While they were both billed as superstar offense players. They are completely different player types. I’d rather compare Gabby/St Louis from a player type perspective.

    on Gabby and Nash though:

    Gabby has found a great fit on a team where he doesn’t need to be “The Man”. Nash, well, I still say Nash is fighting either a physical or mental block stemming from the concussions

  21. Manny-O-War on

    *Boiler* the Cup will definitely be at any game that could result in Clinching. The first time it would be at a game would be Game 4 at MSG.

    Also, there are *three* Stanley Cups. The original, a replica and the one that replaced the original. They are known as, The Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup (Original Cup forged in the Mountain of Doom in 1892), 1963 authenticated “Presentation Cup”, and the 1993 “Replica Cup” (which remains always at the Hall of Fame).

    The Cup is attended, at all times, by two men now. They wear white gloves at all times. Their names are Ian “Scotty” Morrison (you might remember him from some CC commercial) and Brian O’Neill.

    I imagine one of the two Cups (the Presentation and the Replica) will be at every game at least for fans to view or something like that. But the Cup will only be “readied” for presentation following a victory in clinching games.

  22. All I can think of is CARP on video in 94 giving a quick analysis and picking the Rangers in 7! Must say, I am surprised to see this pick Carp, you sure are in the minority amongst the writers.

    Here is my mojo photo for the series: From a trip to the hockey hall of fame in Toronto, circa 1985

    pic.twitter.com/qcwb8SYeGj

    So much for those who hide their identity here! ;-)

  23. speaking of THE, let’s not forget that Fast made the team over Kreider this year.

  24. Why not us you ask? Because we are *DOOMED* and should talk about *offseason* moves.

  25. Gravy

    We’re still going to look back at this conversation and laugh about how we were talking about offseason moves when the Rangers win the Cup.

    May 9th, 2014 at 2:01 PM

  26. ilb, as a doctor, is there any medical advice you can give when your vomit’s vomit’s vomit is vomiting?

  27. No cure is found for that condition yet, Gravy. Probably because these symptoms only occur once every 20 years or so.

  28. ilb, are you really a Dr? What hospital are you affiliated with? I work in the health care field.

    LET’S GO RANGERS!!!

  29. Manny-O-War on

    I have gotten more compliments/comments about my Rangers hat in the last 2 hours than I have gotten over the 6 years I have owned this one.

  30. Manny-O-War on

    Ilb isn’t a Doctor, Yev. He’s just another username that ORR uses when he’s being mature.

    (s)

  31. Thanks Manny for the Cup info.

    I acquired my first NYR hat last Friday. Still cherish my 68 Jags Jersey & Shirt. Never wear on game day tho.

  32. BickelsPickle on

    ilb, what kind of doctor are ya? any interest in letting a future MD shadow you? ;)

  33. Manny-O-War on

    Kerry Fraser is currently giving the most BORING interview I have ever heard in my life on NHL Radio.

  34. Sioux says Rangers in 7 on

    *QUICK is injured* is this story for real.

    Left the ice yesterday, after a high shot hit him.

    It reads like he left the ice ….. and didn’t come back.

  35. Getting my breakfast at the deli this morning on my way to work…seeing the newspapers with pull-out sections and back page headlines about the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final..

    Damn if this hasn’t been a special run! And my the Hockey Gods be kind to us this playoff series. May Carp’s prognostication prove to be as correct in this case as it was wrong in Round 2.

    Can’t wait for tonight. Part of it still seems a little unreal. And part of me can’t believe it’s been 20 years. Until you remember that in ’94:

    EA Sports NHL ’94 was the epitome of sports video games

    There was no internet outside of those few who lurked in the shadows like the Lone Gunmen

    Seinfeld was the #1 tv show in the country. The X-Files was the runaway cult tv hit

    Pulp Fiction and Forrest Gump were the big movies of that year

    Nirvana was among the biggest bands in the land, and Cobain offed himself just as the playoffs started

    – Been a long time. Seeing the Nirvana Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last night really cemented just how long it’s been since ’94.

    As Hank said seeing the pictures of Messier from ’94 “Been walking past that picture for nine years…I want to be in that picture”

    THIS IS IT. This may be their ONLY chance to take it in Hank’s career. There are no guarantees.

    MAKE IT HAPPEN. THIS IS OUR TIME. 20 years isn’t as long as 54…but it’s long enough.

    LET’S GO RANGERS!!!!!

  36. Moderation Carp? For a Seinfeld quote? This travesty will be brought up in the Charp.

    Lets do it boys! Send us the Silver!!

    WOOOOOOO!!!

  37. Manny-O-War on

    7:50 PM, eric. Out of JFK. Hoping to hit 10K feet by 8:15 or so where I can immediately sign into WiFi and listen to the game via Sirius/

  38. Rob in Beantown on

    _EA Sports NHL ‘94 was the epitome of sports video games_

    It’s 2014 and it _still_ is.

  39. Manny – are you going down there to personally thank Eyes-er-man or give condolences to Cally?

  40. Rob in Beantown on

    LOL @ Carp’s “experts” picks piece! 3/4 of those people really should have recused themselves.

  41. Visiting my wife’s relatives. It’s so funny. She apologizes every ten minutes for the trip. I’m like, “if this is the price I have to pay for them to be here. It’s fine”

  42. Rob in Beantown on

    Good call, bdl. Next time I get married I’ll schedule it for December or something.

  43. I wish Hank and Quick would do their media day interviews squared off like Boxers.

  44. Manny – my girlfriend is from Tampa. She tried to get me to come down for Father’s Day weekend. She stopped asking when the boys won game 6!
    At least get to Bern’s steakhouse for some fine dining!

  45. Doodie has one scheduled too. I don’t think Doodie or I are rookies. Or my wife. She was born to season ticket holders in the 80’s and 90’s.

    But to each his own Bull Dog.

  46. going to game 2. taking my son, daughter, and 1 of there friends. Prices are crazy but about 1/2 of NY crazy.

    I cannot get a feel for the series until I see a little of the action since they hardly ever meet, have not met in months, and both teams have changed quite a bit.

    I have heard all the predictions of the NHL knowitalls and think the Rangers can compete with these all of a sudden great Kings..

    Need Kreider to take it to the next level along with Mcdonagh, and a few others…

  47. Bold prediction by Carp this morning. Too nervous to chat today I don’t think it’ll work well from my phone anyhow.

    Guys, I don’t preach but I will right now..especially those of you who aren’t old enough to remember watching games in ’94…just enjoy every second of being of fan in this final. This is what it’s about n

  48. Matty"WhyNot!!!"Boy on

    I’ll say it….kind of scares me that you pick Rangers in whatever, let alone 7, Carpy. You have been right so often…..law of averages, and all…..

  49. Matty"WhyNot!!!"Boy on

    Carp, great review. There is only one place for true blue blood Ranger fans. There is only one place for the diehards.

    That place is right here. Right now. Best place on earth!!!!

    Let’s GO Rangers!!! Let’s Go Rangers!!!

  50. Matty"WhyNot!!!"Boy on

    I’m driving to work. Listening to NHL radio. Boomer.

    And so he’s talking about the Stanley Cup Finals. And then he mentions the New York Rangers in the Finals.

    I almost had to pull off the road. Huh? Wha? Those two thing? Same sentence?

    Let it sink in: The New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Finals….TONIGHT!!!!!

  51. Cut off again by my piece of crud phone. As I tried to say- JUST enjoy every second of this series bc there’s no telling when they’ll be back in the spot they are in right now. Those of yous who have waited the 20 years that I have know what I’m talking about.

    No ledge to stand on, no sky to fall, just the NY Rangers and the LA Kings and The Stanley Cup..so cheer your butts off and believe until the horn goes off and one team or the other is eliminated.
    LGR!!

  52. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I just vomited down my wife’s throat. She liked it and wants more…

  53. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    1950-1972 22 years
    1972-1979 7 years
    1979-1994 15 years
    1994-2014 20 years

    Mean is 16

    Standard deviation is 6.

    Accounts for nothing but based on the recent past (post 1950) rangers next compete for the cup in 2030.

    This is our year.

  54. Sioux says Rangers in 7 on

    Let’s see if THE KREIDER blows a wheel into Quick, or a slapshot off the collarbone :) Kings might have to make a Quick oil change in net.

  55. I don’t want to be nowhere near MSG or TV set next 2 weeks, even with a First Aid Pack. Should I sign with the Antarctica Expedition before 8:00 PM tonight?

  56. Sioux says Rangers in 7 on

    Rangers win Tonight!!!

    Well rested and tested.

    Hanks focus is key to beating Quick.

  57. You haven’t seen high up until you have watched a game from top of Staples Center. Much much higher than MSG.

  58. What about an Avs game, Cap Geeked?

    #bestjokes #morninglaughs #legalizeit #valerikamensky #fattireisntverygood

  59. Before the emotion of a *Stanley Cup Final*, just think it’s important to think about how great of a run this has been, win or lose. Great story lines (MSL, D Moops), a classic save (Game 7 on Vanek), a classic goal (MSL OT winner), etc. Of course, these will all be cemented if they win.

    Happy to have been along for the ride.

    OK, now back to g(j)ibberish.

  60. I am about 4 episodes behind, Gravy. But I have read all the books. Starting to like the show better. Really love their plot twists.

  61. Rob in Beantown on

    I’m halfway through the second book. The books are making me enjoy the show a lot more I think. It’s *much* easier to understand the histories and the people and houses in the books than on the show.

  62. I have *not* read the books, but there is a lot of information to cram into 10 hours, while still progressing the story and keeping it interesting. I think they’re doing a great job.

  63. “No, those pants don’t make you look fat. You look great. You always do.” – Martin Biron, if he wants to stay on our good side

  64. That’s awesome, Anthony. I reported that junk to every place that I could and I encouraged, and still encourage, everyone else to do the same!

  65. Face-Offs shouldn’t be overlooked. Could be the difference, and it’s not a strength. Buckle down, boyos!

  66. The Kings will be the best team the Rangers have faced, but Lundqvist will be the best goalie the Kings have faced.

  67. Manny-O-War:

    “Doodie has one scheduled too. I don’t think Doodie or I are rookies. Or my wife. She was born to season ticket holders in the 80’s and 90’s.”

    Sounds like a very prolonged pregnancy.

  68. …and, BTW, what happened to Carsillo and his suspension? Any updates, besides Crosby’s?

  69. Carcillo suspension reduced to six games … so three more.

    NYR no morning skate, so no updates until 5:30-ish … but Lundqvist is going to start in place of Talbot. Probably Powe in place of Boyle (s).

    Good afternoon, Sally!

  70. Met a Bonehead out here … well not really a Bonehead. Somebody who reads the blog every day, rarely comments, but said that you freakin’ guys crack him up.

    You guys rule.

  71. Rob in Beantown on

    I know Biron is a serious commentator man now, but picking the Kings for the Cup over the team he was on *this season* is kind of a d-move, no?

  72. Guys, most media picks don’t come from the heart. You aren’t rooting one way or another, in most cases, just because of which team you pick.

  73. Rob in Beantown on

    It just seems mean in his case, considering he could have just picked the Rangers and it wouldn’t have made any difference at all, except it would have been nicer.

  74. If we are up 3-1 I’m heading to la for game 5. Cashing in all my pts on credit card for flight

  75. Rob in Beantown on

    Also, they let Linda Cohn make picks and hers are 100% from the heart with a rooting bias.

  76. Carp… we know the media tries to keep their heart outta predictions. But sometimes it’s ok to be predicting and rooting for your team or former team.

  77. Everyone but Rangers fans are picking the Kings. Not surprising. On paper they are better. So were the New England Pats (TWICE) when they played the Giants. And Vancouver almost beat US in 1994 and were similar types of underdogs. That’s why you don’t play the games on paper.

  78. Doesn’t faze me, Rob. If someone would give me even odds, I’d throw my money on the Kings too.

  79. the rangers definitely have to buy out Richards on so many levels. The 2 biggest are the recapture penalty and to free up money so than can resign there ufa’s and rfa’s.

  80. another math problem, maybe it can be solved on the 1p Charp:

    Can THE speed melt the ice & make it Boil? Or does he need help from Hagster?

  81. I have picked against the rangers since round 1 and I’m not going to change my stance now. Kings in 6.

  82. Ref stats for game 1

    Kozari 40

    Rangers 1-3 reg 2-1 playoffs 3-4 overall

    Kings. 3-4 reg 2-0 playoffs 5-4 overall

    First cup final partnered with Watson since round 2.

    Watson 23

    Rangers 3-1 reg 3-0 playoffs 6-1
    Kings 2-5. Reg. 2-0 playoffs 4-5 overall.

    8th cup final.

    Home teams 42 percent winning percentage when both work together.

  83. I thought I responded to that, Manny … but if you missed it, tell her I hate the Islanders more than she does.

  84. If there was a theoretical bet, where my house was the wager in such a bet, then I would also select the Kings.

  85. Robby Bonfire on

    EDDIE, EDDIE, EDDIE –

    The standard deviation of a combination of 22,7,15, and 20 = 17 (not “6”). Meaning that, at this rate, the Rangers next compete for The Stanley Cup in 2031.

  86. hey!
    it’s 1 p.m. EASTERN (Conference)
    where’s Carp?
    is he on west coast time?

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