Rangers have opportunity to hurt Kings playoff chances (LAK v NYR 7pm)

Derek Stepan against Anze Kopitar (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Derek Stepan against Anze Kopitar (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Here we are in the final few weeks of the regular season. Not to long ago the L.A. Kings were hoisting the Stanley Cup over their heads while the Rangers watched in anguish. Today, the Rangers are a virtual lock for the postseason and are fighting for the President’s Trophy. The Kings on the other hand are battling for their playoff lives.

GAME 72: Los Angeles Kings vs. New York Rangers, Madison Square Garden, NY 7PM

The Kings played and beat NJ last night 3-1, so the Rangers could be facing a tired team come the third period. If the Rangers hope to put another pothole in the Kings road to the playoffs they’ll need to weather the first period storm.

If the Rangers can keep the Kings at bay early, expect their skating legs and quick transition to do some serious damage as the game progresses.

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LAK vs. NYR (DailyFaceoff)

LAK vs. NYR (DailyFaceoff)

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NOTES 

Season Series (1-0 NYR)

Via Blueshirts United: Last year’s Stanley Cup finalists close out their 2014-15 regular season series Tuesday night at MSG with the Rangers looking for a two-game sweep of the Kings. Back on January 8 at the Staples Center the two teams met for the first time since the Kings captured the 2014 Stanley Cup with a double overtime victory over the Rangers in Game Five and New York exacted a small measure of revenge with a 4-3 win. Cam Talbot started in goal for New York and stopped 28 of 31 shots, saving his best for the final few frantic minutes as the Kings tried to score the equalizer in that January contest. The Kings had raced to an early 2-0 lead before the Rangers scored four straight goals–with Dan Boyle (1-1-2) and Derick Brassard (0-2-2) pacing the attack with two points apiece. The last time the Kings played at MSG it was Game Four of the Stanley Cup Final, June 11, 2014, and the Rangers kept their title dreams alive with a 2-1 victory. The most recent regular season contest between these teams at The Garden took place on November 17, 2013, a 1-0 Kings victory in which Ben Scrivens filled in with a 37-save shutout for L.A.

Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at... More about Anthony Scultore

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