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Get your game notes: Rangers at Kings

Jun 4, 2014, 1:09 PM EDT

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Tonight on NBC, it’s the Los Angeles Kings hosting the New York Rangers at 8 p.m. ET in the first game of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• The Kings needed an NHL-record 21 games to reach the Stanley Cup Final, while the Rangers needed 20. The NHL record for games played in an entire postseason is 26 games, done by two teams, the Flyers in 1987 and Flames (coached by current Kings coach Darryl Sutter) in 2004. Both of those teams lost in seven games in the Stanley Cup Final, Philadelphia to Edmonton (coached by current Rangers GM Glen Sather) and Calgary to Tampa Bay (led by current Rangers Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards.)

• The Kings will have home-ice advantage for the first time in franchise history in the Stanley Cup Final (three series), and just the second time overall since the beginning of the 1993 Stanley Cup playoffs (22 series). The only other time Los Angeles started a series at home during that span was in the 2013 Western Conference Semifinals vs. San Jose, a series the Kings won in seven games.

• The Stanley Cup Final will feature two of the top goaltenders in the NHL: Henrik Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick. In the last three postseasons (since 2012), Quick leads the NHL in playoff games played (59), wins (37) and shutouts (7), while posting a 2.05 GAA and .928 save%. During that span, Lundqvist is second in playoff games played (52) and shutouts (6), and third in wins (27), with a 1.98 GAA and .931 save%.

• In Game 1, Lundqvist will be making his 87th straight playoff start between the pipes. He has started every game for the Rangers since Game 3 of the 2006 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series vs. New Jersey. Lundqvist, who set the franchise record for career playoff wins (42) in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final, ranks third all-time for most consecutive playoff starts by a goalie for one team. Elias Sports Bureau

Consecutive goalie starts, with one team (playoffs, before Game 1)

194 (active) – Martin Brodeur (NJ)
133 – Patrick Roy (COL)
86 (active) – Lundqvist (NYR)
79 – Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT)
78 – Jacques Plante (MTL)

• The Rangers and Kings have the same number of goals from their top four centers this postseason, but the Kings have a substantial edge in points and faceoff percentage.


• St. Louis (6-7—13), Stepan (5-8—13) and Ryan McDonagh (3-10—13) lead the Rangers in scoring this postseason. Five different Kings players have 16 or more points: Kopitar (5-19—24, leads playoffs), Carter (9-13—22), Marian Gaborik (12-7—19), Justin Williams (7-11—18) and Drew Doughty (4-12—16). During the Conference Finals, Carter (5-6-11) and McDonagh (2-8—10) led all players in points.

• The Rangers are 34/36 (94.4%) on the penalty kill in their last 11 games (five vs. Pittsburgh, six vs. Montreal). They will face a stiff challenge from a Kings team that has at least one power-play goal in seven of nine home games this postseason and is 9/30 (30.0%) overall on home ice.

• Since the Stanley Cup Final went to a best-of-7 format in 1939, Game 1 winners have won 57 of 74 series (77.0%). In their most recent Cup Final appearances, the Rangers (1994) lost Game 1 at home to Vancouver (3-2, OT), while the Kings (2012) won Game 1 away to New Jersey (2-1, OT); both teams later won those series. In the last five Cup Finals, the winner of Game 1 has lost two of those series: the Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh in 2009 and the Vancouver Canucks (coached by current Rangers coach Alain Vigneault) vs. Boston in 2011. This postseason, the Rangers are 3-0 in Game 1s, while the Kings are 1-2.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:34 PM


  2. pirovash88 - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Will be at the game tonight, can’t wait to get it started. Let’s go Kings!

  3. cofran2004 - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Rangers really need to punch the kings in the mouth (figuratively) and take game one, and try to change some of the “the kings are going to bury them” rhetoric. If they can win game one, this series will be a different ball game.

  4. 311sucks - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    so stoked. this is gonna be a fun one.

  5. stepanup - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Just seeing this post was awesome not because of the content necessarily (no offense), but because ITS FINALLY HERE.


    Kings Fans – I expect a tremendous series. I did not want to face your team because you are the class of the West. Good luck.

    • patthehockeyfan - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:42 PM


      I don’t want to see it; but, it would be almost appropriate to post a Johnny Mathis video where he sings, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

      GKG!!! A little less good luck to the Rangers. Hope to see a great series.

      Finally, the Black-Eyed Peas: LET’S GET IT STARTED

      • skr213 - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        Thumbs down just for the Black Eyed Peas reference.

      • patthehockeyfan - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        Thanks. I guess Johnny Mathis is to your liking. :)

  6. xdj511 - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Sooo not used to the Rangers having six days off between playoff rounds. Sooo ready for this to start!

  7. 7mantel - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Let’s Go Rangers!!!! Good Luck Kings fan let’s enjoy the ride !

    • patthehockeyfan - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Backatcha, 7mantel!

  8. papajack1259 - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    The funny thing is all the stats are meaningless once they drop the puck.

  9. joey4id - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Drop the puck!

    There’s a buzz on the street
    The hottest ticket in town
    You got a seat, this is it, there’s no doubt
    Its winner take all, it’s what the games all about

    Yeah, yeah

    All the big guns gonna shoot out the lights
    The place will be rocking cause it’s hockey tonight
    Hard hitting, fast breaking, bullet on ice
    The place will be rocking cause it’s hockey tonight

    Scoring goals, taking hits
    Who’s that masked bandit giving everyone fits?
    Scream and shout, make some noise
    Rock em and sock em like Cherry’s Boys!

    All the big guns gonna shoot out the lights
    The place will be rocking cause its hockey tonight
    Hard hitting, fast breaking, bullet on ice
    The place will be rocking, baby – It’s hockey tonight


  10. bleedrangerblue - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Lets go Rangers!!! Can’t believe it’s time to battle for the cup!!!

  11. billiam55 - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    wooo. should be a great series. still cant believe my team is in the stanley cup final. so used to watching other teams its still unreal to me! very thankful NYR fan!


    • 950003cups - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      Let’s go Kings!!!

      Time to atone for your sins of 2012!!!



      (Where’s Blom?)

  12. 950003cups - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Am I the only one who noticed that Lundqvist and Brodeur are the only ones listed on that list as “active”?

    Did Fleury retire?

    • 950003cups - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      Ok got it now. Fleury’ longest consecutive playoff starts are no longer active.

  13. justinpecora50 - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Let’s get it on!!!!

  14. davidmessina63 - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    I’m neutral on this series. This is a funny LA Kings Fan video from 2012 Rangers fans will get a kick out of. Very funny until the last 40 seconds and then it’s gets a little stupid.

  15. Gigagigagilgamesh - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:47 AM

    Nice job NBC with the “Rangers” broadcast team….

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