Here's a statistical breakdown of the
46-28-8 (100 points)
1st Rnd: def. San Jose, 4-3
2nd Rnd: def. DUCKS, 4-3
3rd Rnd: def. Chicago, 4-3
New York Rangers
45-31-6 (96 points)
1st Rnd: def. Phil., 4-3
2nd Rnd: def. Pitt., 4-3
3rd Rnd: def. Mont., 4-2
Season Series: 1-1.
Regular season power play: Kings 15.1% (27th), Rangers 18.2% (15th).
Postseason power play: Kings 17-67 (25.4%), Rangers 11-81 (13.6%).
Regular season penalty killing: Kings 83.1% (11th), Rangers 85.3% (third).
Postseason penalty killing: Kings 65-80 (81.2%), Rangers 55-64 (85.9%).
Regular season leading scorers:
Postseason leading scorers:
Kings: Kopitar 5-19 — 24.
Rangers: St. Louis 6-7 — 13.
After going to the limit in the first three rounds and winning three Game 7s on the road, they’re in the unaccustomed position of having home-ice advantage. The Kings have been mentally strong and adaptable: they’ve staved off elimination seven times and defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion
Their path to the Final has been less dramatic than the Kings’ road, and they’ve had a few more days’ rest since they defeated Montreal in the East finals. Their speed should test the Kings’ sometimes haphazard defense, but the Rangers’ biggest edge might be their goaltending. That sounds odd given Quick’s resume, but the numbers don’t lie.
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