Madison Square Garden will be the site for tonight’s 2014 Stanley Cup Finals between the L.A. Kings and the N.Y. Rangers, and live streaming information and TV start time for Game 3 is now available. The puck is scheduled to drop at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT/5 p.m. PT) and all the action will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network (DirecTV channel 220) and streaming live on NBC Live Extra.
According to an ESPN June 9 report, all the pressure will be on the New York Rangers to try and get on the board as the series shifts to the Big Apple down 0-2 to the Los Angeles Kings. As expected, the depth that the two-time defending Conference champs possess has presented some serious challenges for the Rangers, who face their first must-win scenario of the series.
“There’s no doubt that’s a plus for us,” N.Y. forward Brian Boyle said of returning to MSG for Games 3 and 4. “We had two hard-fought battles there in L.A. and didn’t get the result. It’s nice to come back in this barn and keep pushing and try to get the win.”
As a June 9 AP Sports report indicates, the Kings protected home-ice despite the fact that they did not lead at any point through the first six regulation periods versus the Rangers. In fact, contrasting starts has been the theme in the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals, with N.Y. taking the early lead, but with L.A. closing the show in style.
Thus, the Rangers were outshot 20-3 in the third period of Game 1, and were outscored 2-0 in the final regulation of Game 2. As far as tonight’s Game 3 is concerned, NHL Stanley Cup Finals 2014 oddsmakers list the N.Y. Rangers [-144] as money-line favorites versus the L.A. Kings [+131], while the OVER/UNDER is accumulated at a total of 5 goals.
In addition to Game 3’s lines and O/U, hockey oddsmakers also assembled the following goal-spreads for this pivotal matchup: Kings +½ [-240] vs. Rangers -½ [+200]. Finally, here’s a look at tonight starting lineups for both clubs, as well as some very intriguing betting statistics to consider for Game 3 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals:
N.Y. Rangers Projected Lineup
Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin - Brad Richards - Martin St. Louis
Benoit Pouliot - Derick Brassard – Mats Zuccarello
Brian Boyle - Dominic Moore - Derek Dorsett
Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Marc Staal - Anton Stralman
John Moore - Kevin Klein
L.A. Kings Projected Lineup
Marian Gaborik - Anze Kopitar - Dustin Brown
Tanner Pearson - Jeff Carter - Tyler Toffoli
Dwight King - Jarret Stoll - Justin Williams
Kyle Clifford - Mike Richards - Trevor Lewis
Jake Muzzin - Drew Doughty
Willie Mitchell - Slava Voynov
Alec Martinez - Matt Greene
General Consensus Prior to Game 3 NBC TV Schedule Start Time
Kings spread: 28 percent.
Rangers spread: 72 percent.
OVER wagers: 68 percent.
UNDER wagers: 32 percent.
ATS Trends Prior to NBC Live Extra’s Free Live Stream Online
Kings are 8-0 in their last 8 vs. Metropolitan.
Kings are 10-1 in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference.
Kings are 22-7 in their last 29 games following a win.
Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game.
Rangers are 7-2 in their last 9 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.
Kings vs. Rangers 2014 Stanley Cup Finals Game 3 Key Stats
OVER is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New York.
LA Kings are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.