Puck Probability: Predictions for Rangers at Kings, Jan. 8

Kings RangersIt’s funny, after the Kings beat the New Jersey Devils for the Stanley Cup in 2012, there wasn’t much of a buzz for a rematch the next time they played (in fairness, that was partially due to their next encounter not coming for quite some time due to the NHL Lockout). More recently, the Kings beat the Rangers for their second Cup a mere six months ago, and there is a noticeable difference in the buzz this time around.

Granted, a Los Angeles vs. New York contest in any sport is almost assured of having that extra special feeling. Here, the Rangers are looking for a small measure of revenge, their coach simply has to hate the Kings from his years in Vancouver, and the Kings – well, they just need a solid two points. Which is why, to the players inside the Kings locker room, it reads like “just another game” to them than it will be most everybody else. Make no mistake though; this should be a good one.

Without further ado, let’s get to the good stuff. Joining us for some pre-game predictions is Patrick Kearns of The Fourth Period magazine. We’ve had him on our radio show before and is a true tri-state guru. If there is anybody that has the pulse of the Rangers, it’s PK.

Here are a handful of things each of us think just might unfold once the puck drops tonight in downtown LA…

Odds by MayorsManor:

2:1 – Dustin Brown scores the first goal of the game, and then twitter reminds everybody the native New Yorker wasn’t a Rangers fan growing up either (he sided with the Canucks when the two clubs met in the 1994 Stanley Cup Final).

4:1 – Alec Martinez scores in overtime, just so he can show off those jazz hands one more time.

7:1 – Jeff Carter will out score Rick Nash, once again proving Dean Lombardi made the right decision in 2012.

11:1 – There will be three fights in the game, one each period.

15:1 – Mike Richards will show up for morning skate in one of his traditional New York Yankees hats.

25:1 – Rangers coach Alain Vigneault will once again guarantee that last year’s Stanley Cup Final would have gone to a Game 7 if his team won Game 5 in LA, because there was “no way” they would lose game Game 6 in New York.

42:1 – Although Cam Talbot is scheduled to start in net for the Rangers, Henrik Lundqvist will be in goal for the third period.

60:1 – Trevor Lewis has a multi-point game.

150:1 – Matt Greene has a multi-point game (warning: these odds may be too low)

8,000:1 – The Kings will lose after two goals are stopped on the goal line due to excessive snow build up.

Odds by Patrick Kearns:

1:1 – Henrik Lundqvist Looks Handsome at Some Point

2:1 – Someone wakes up the next day with swollen glands.

5:1 – Both teams try to stake a claim in Wayne Gretzky.

7:1 – Neither acknowledges any claim to Sean Avery.

10:1 – The Stanley Cup Banner makes Henrik Lundqvist cry. He still looks handsome.

1,000:1 – Marian Gaborik scores five goals on Henrik Lundqvist.

2,000:1 – The NHL amends the rules mid game to allow for multiple overtimes.

35,000:1 – Lundqvist steals the Stanley Cup Banner

17,000,000:1 – The Rangers trade for Brandon Dubinsky mid game and he fights Mike Richards.

Still want more? Click here for a free replay of today’s Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Network Radio (talking contracts, call-ups, trades, etc.). Also, we have other recent odds articles here and five things you may not know about the Rangers here.

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