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06/11/2014 02:03 PM

Date WLT Pct Net Units Record

06/07/14 2-­0-­0 100.00% +­1000 Detail
06/04/14 1-­0-­1 100.00% +­500 Detail
06/01/14 1-­1-­0 50.00% -­220 Detail

Totals 4-­1-­1 80.00% +1280



Wednesday, June 11

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Los Angeles - 8:00 PM ET NY Rangers -137 500 *****

NY Rangers - Over 5 500 TRIPLE PLAY

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06/13/2014 01:17 AM

Kings eager to raise Cup in Game 5

June 12, 2014


LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Kings already know there's no place like home ice for a coronation.

They've got the chance to lift the Stanley Cup at Staples Center again when they host the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the finals on Friday night, giving the ultimate celebration to their long-suffering fans for the second time in three years.

Yet the Kings' memories of that night in June 2012 weren't a popular subject Thursday as they prepared for the chance to finish another draining, two-month postseason with one big party.

''It doesn't matter where you win the fourth,'' Jarret Stoll said at the Kings' training complex. ''This time of year, it's all about the result.''

With the weary poise of a team that has already been through three seven-game series this spring, the Kings insisted they're not bothered by their inability to finish a sweep in New York. Mike Richards and the Kings calmly flew home, grabbed a few hours of sleep and focused on a good start to Game 5, figuring it will lead to the big finish.

''It's not going to be easy, but confidence is there,'' Richards said. ''If we play well, we think that we can have success. You don't make it to this point of the season without having confidence in your team.''

Stoll is tired of the Kings' weak starts, however. The Rangers have taken 2-0 leads in three of the series' four games, forcing Los Angeles to play catch-up hockey - something the Kings do extraordinarily well, but would prefer to skip Friday.

''We know we can do more, especially at the start of games,'' Stoll said.

Henrik Lundqvist gave the Rangers hope with his 40-save performance in Game 4, earning another cross-country trip for the Eastern Conference champions. The goalie's unflappable poise - and one or two puck-slowing mounds of snow - helped keep the Rangers in the series with a 2-1 win in Game 4.

And now that they're off the canvas, the Rangers realize they have ample reason to be comfortable at Staples Center, where they never trailed in their two series-opening overtime losses. The Rangers still mixed it up in their return to the visitors' dressing room for practice Thursday: except for their two goalies, every player took a new locker.

''I know if we win (Game 5), they're definitely going to feel the pressure,'' Lundqvist said. ''We were in that spot playing Montreal. The closer you are to your final goal, obviously you tend to think more. That's just the way you work. It's hard not to.''

Lundqvist is the Rangers' best hope, and the Swedish star is at his best with the season on the line. He is 11-2 in the Rangers' last 13 elimination games with a 1.30 goals-against average and a .959 save percentage.

''It comes down to how much you want to battle, how much you want it,'' Lundqvist said. ''Not only for me, but for the group. ... Sometimes when everything is on the line, that's actually easier sometimes to focus in on the important thing and not so much on consequences.''

Lundqvist's dominance in the Kings' 10th loss of this postseason was frustrating but not discouraging to a team that has repeatedly surmounted all difficulties over the past three years.

Two seasons ago, the Kings had lost just two games in the entire playoffs when they had their first chance to clinch their franchise's first championship. The Devils beat Los Angeles 3-1 at Staples Center in Game 4 and then won again in New Jersey in Game 5, making the eighth-seeded Kings uncomfortable for the first time in their charmed run.

The Kings returned home and won Game 6 in a rout. Most of the Kings' current roster was on that team, and the players remember the innumerable distractions: ticket requests, media pressures and a wellspring of natural excitement.

''I think everyone is more equipped now, or more ready for it, more aware of what the distractions are and how they can present themselves, and what you need to do to push them away,'' Richards said.

Game 5 is Los Angeles' NHL-record 64th playoff game in the last three seasons, and the Kings will tie the single-season record with their 26th postseason game of this season. The game will be the 93rd of the entire postseason, making it the longest playoff in league history.

But if the Kings are exhausted at the brink of their 10th series victory in the most grueling three-year stretch in hockey history, they haven't shown it. The Kings dominated the Rangers for much of Game 4, outshooting them 15-1 in the third period, but failing to get anything past Lundqvist.

The Kings uniformly scoff at the notion of fatigue playing any role with hockey's ultimate prize just a game away.

''This is why you play the game,'' Stoll said. ''It doesn't matter how many games you play. You've got energy. You've got jump. You should, (if) you realize what you're playing for. Yeah, it's a lot of games, but it's why we play.''

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06/13/2014 11:51 AM

Preview: Rangers (45-31) at Kings (46-28)

Date: June 13, 2014 8:00 PM EDT


LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Kings already know there's no place like home ice for a coronation.

They've got the chance to lift the Stanley Cup at Staples Center again when they host the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the finals on Friday night, giving the ultimate celebration to their long-suffering fans for the second time in three years.

Yet the Kings' memories of that night in June 2012 weren't a popular subject Thursday as they prepared for the chance to finish another draining, two-month postseason with one big party.

'It doesn't matter where you win the fourth,' Jarret Stoll said at the Kings' training complex. 'This time of year, it's all about the result.'

With the weary poise of a team that has already been through three seven-game series this spring, the Kings insisted they're not bothered by their inability to finish a sweep in New York. Mike Richards and the Kings calmly flew home, grabbed a few hours of sleep and focused on a good start to Game 5, figuring it will lead to the big finish.

'It's not going to be easy, but confidence is there,' Richards said. 'If we play well, we think that we can have success. You don't make it to this point of the season without having confidence in your team.'

Stoll is tired of the Kings' weak starts, however. The Rangers have taken 2-0 leads in three of the series' four games, forcing Los Angeles to play catch-up hockey - something the Kings do extraordinarily well, but would prefer to skip Friday.

'We know we can do more, especially at the start of games,' Stoll said.

Henrik Lundqvist gave the Rangers hope with his 40-save performance in Game 4, earning another cross-country trip for the Eastern Conference champions. The goalie's unflappable poise - and one or two puck-slowing mounds of snow - helped keep the Rangers in the series with a 2-1 win in Game 4.

And now that they're off the canvas, the Rangers realize they have ample reason to be comfortable at Staples Center, where they never trailed in their two series-opening overtime losses. The Rangers still mixed it up in their return to the visitors' dressing room for practice Thursday: except for their two goalies, every player took a new locker.

'I know if we win (Game 5), they're definitely going to feel the pressure,' Lundqvist said. 'We were in that spot playing Montreal. The closer you are to your final goal, obviously you tend to think more. That's just the way you work. It's hard not to.'

Lundqvist is the Rangers' best hope, and the Swedish star is at his best with the season on the line. He is 11-2 in the Rangers' last 13 elimination games with a 1.30 goals-against average and a .959 save percentage.

'It comes down to how much you want to battle, how much you want it,' Lundqvist said. 'Not only for me, but for the group. ... Sometimes when everything is on the line, that's actually easier sometimes to focus in on the important thing and not so much on consequences.'

Lundqvist's dominance in the Kings' 10th loss of this postseason was frustrating but not discouraging to a team that has repeatedly surmounted all difficulties over the past three years.

Two seasons ago, the Kings had lost just two games in the entire playoffs when they had their first chance to clinch their franchise's first championship. The Devils beat Los Angeles 3-1 at Staples Center in Game 4 and then won again in New Jersey in Game 5, making the eighth-seeded Kings uncomfortable for the first time in their charmed run.

The Kings returned home and won Game 6 in a rout. Most of the Kings' current roster was on that team, and the players remember the innumerable distractions: ticket requests, media pressures and a wellspring of natural excitement.

'I think everyone is more equipped now, or more ready for it, more aware of what the distractions are and how they can present themselves, and what you need to do to push them away,' Richards said.

Game 5 is Los Angeles' NHL-record 64th playoff game in the last three seasons, and the Kings will tie the single-season record with their 26th postseason game of this season. The game will be the 93rd of the entire postseason, making it the longest playoff in league history.

But if the Kings are exhausted at the brink of their 10th series victory in the most grueling three-year stretch in hockey history, they haven't shown it. The Kings dominated the Rangers for much of Game 4, outshooting them 15-1 in the third period, but failing to get anything past Lundqvist.

The Kings uniformly scoff at the notion of fatigue playing any role with hockey's ultimate prize just a game away.

'This is why you play the game,' Stoll said. 'It doesn't matter how many games you play. You've got energy. You've got jump. You should, (if) you realize what you're playing for. Yeah, it's a lot of games, but it's why we play.'

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06/13/2014 11:53 AM

Stepan hopes save starts comeback

June 12, 2014



LOS ANGELES (AP) - Although Derek Stepan's goal-line save happened in a frantic blur, the New York Rangers center had a few chances to marvel at the replay in the ensuing 24 hours.

''And I was looking right into the camera when they took it,'' he said Thursday, laughing about the inside-the-net camera that captured him knocking the puck underneath Henrik Lundqvist. ''So it was good timing.''

Everything about Stepan's heady play was perfectly timed, but he politely declined credit for saving the Rangers' season in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals. He's just glad he helped to prevent a possible sweep by the Los Angeles Kings, who could have tied the game and likely forced overtime with the goal.

The Rangers survived for another trip to Staples Center and Game 5 on Friday night with major help from two fantastic plays by Stepan and defenseman Anton Stralman, who knocked another puck off the line in the first period of Game 4.

Stepan came through with 1:11 left while the Kings pressed desperately for an equalizer. After the puck trickled underneath Lundqvist and came to rest on the goal line, Stepan dived to his knees, knocking it away and then underneath his goalie.

''Most of it is just reaction,'' Stepan said. ''You don't have much time to think in a situation like that. It's just instinct and reaction.''

Stepan even had the wherewithal to use the side of his glove so he wouldn't close his hand on the puck in the crease, which would have resulted in a penalty shot.

Although he recognized the importance of the play, Stepan didn't let it go to his head.

''It was a fortunate bounce for us,'' Stepan said. ''I got very lucky pushing it under the goaltender. A lot of times, you push it into the back of your goalie, or you push it to one of their guys.''

Dan Girardi also deserved credit for knocking Anze Kopitar out of the play and preventing the Kings' leading scorer from getting a rebound opportunity. The Kings actually weren't near the motionless puck until Jeff Carter took a belated hack at it, but Stepan took care of it.

Stralman made an equally astonishing play in the first period, sweeping a stopped puck off the goal line with his stick while simultaneously preventing Carter from jabbing it home.

Lundqvist made 40 saves in Game 4, but relied on his teammates for two more. After three games of bad bounces and late-game struggles, the Rangers got most of the breaks.

''A couple of times last night, we had that luck that you need in a tight game,'' Lundqvist said. ''Sometimes you say it (and) maybe not mean it 100 percent, but that factor of luck in a series against a good team, you're going to need it to win games. You can't rely on it all the time, but there are moments in games where the difference is so small, that little extra push might help you to get the win.''

A few optimistic Rangers fans jumped onto Twitter after Game 4 and compared Stepan's play to Dave Roberts' steal of third base for the Boston Red Sox in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS, catalyzing their comeback from an 0-3 series deficit to the New York Yankees.

Stepan knows such optimism is a week premature. The Rangers would have to win four straight games to become the fourth team in NHL history to rally from an 0-3 deficit - just the second in the finals.

But thanks to Stepan's play, the Rangers have a shot to make it to Game 7 - which just happens to be scheduled for Stepan's 24th birthday on June 18.

''As a group, you gain some confidence, but there's no momentum in a series like this,'' Stepan said. ''You just keep working for the bounces.''

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06/13/2014 11:54 AM

NHL

Friday, June 13


Co-favorites for Conn Smythe

The Los Angeles Kings will try to capture their second Stanley Cup in three years tonight on home ice, and if they are crowned champs who will be handed the Conn Symthe Trophy?

Right now it is a dead heat between Kings forward Anze Kopitar and defenseman Drew Doughty at +150, according to Sportsbook.ag. Just behind them is Mr. 'game-winner' Justin Williams at +250.

Goalies Jonathan Quick and Henrik Lundqvist are on the board at +800 and +1,000 respectively. Rangers forward Marty St. Louis is listed as a longshot at +3,500.


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NHL
Dunkel

NY Rangers at Los Angeles
The Rangers head to LA following a 2-1 win in Game 4 and come into tonight's contest with a 9-4 record in their last 13 games after scoring 2 goals or less in the previous game. New York is the pick (+160) according to Dunkel, which has the Rangers favored by 2. Dunkel Pick: NY Rangers (+160). Here are all of today's playoff picks.

FRIDAY, JUNE 13

Game 59-60: NY Rangers at Los Angeles (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Rangers 14.147; Los Angeles 11.932
Dunkel Line & Total: NY Rangers by 2; 4
Vegas Line & Total: Los Angeles (-180); 5
Dunkel Pick: NY Rangers (+160); Under

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06/13/2014 11:55 AM

NHL

Friday, June 13


Line move for Game 5 of Cup Final you need to know

The puck drops on Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals Friday night at the Staples center in Los Angeles and the line moves continue to indicate bettors are thinking the Kings will end the series tonight.

The Kings, who lead the New York Rangers 3-1, have moved to -171 favorites to hoist the Stanley Cup above their heads Friday night.

Los Angeles opened at -163 Thursday and were quickly bet down to -155, but since then the line has steadily moved towards the Kings. The Kings were bet to -171 early Friday morning.

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06/13/2014 11:56 AM

NHL

Friday, June 13

Line move for Game 5 of Cup Final you need to know

The puck drops on Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals Friday night at the Staples center in Los Angeles and the line moves continue to indicate bettors are thinking the Kings will end the series tonight.

The Kings, who lead the New York Rangers 3-1, have moved to -171 favorites to hoist the Stanley Cup above their heads Friday night.

Los Angeles opened at -163 Thursday and were quickly bet down to -155, but since then the line has steadily moved towards the Kings. The Kings were bet to -171 early Friday morning.

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06/13/2014 11:56 AM

NHL
Long Sheet

Friday, June 13

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NY RANGERS (58-39-0-9, 125 pts.) at LOS ANGELES (61-36-0-10, 132 pts.) - 6/13/2014, 8:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
LOS ANGELES is 5-2 (+2.9 Units) against the spread versus NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
LOS ANGELES is 5-2-0 straight up against NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
4 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+2.7 Units)

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NHL
Armadillo's Write-Up

Friday, June 13

Kings can win second Stanley Cup in three years with win here; they outshot Rangers 15-1 in third period of Game 4, but Lundqvist kept them off board. Rangers lost last three road tilts, are 6-6 on road in playoffs. Kings are 7-4 at home in playoffs. Over is 7-2-1 in LA's last ten games, under is 3-1-1 in Rangers' last five. Rangers are 1-17 on power play in series, Kings 2-14. Overall in playoffs, over is 48-29-14 this season. Kings trailed four of last five games by two goals, then won three of the four in OT, without leading any of them in regulation.




NHL

Friday, June 13

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Trend Report
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8:00 PM
NY RANGERS vs. LOS ANGELES
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the NY Rangers last 6 games when playing Los Angeles
NY Rangers are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing Los Angeles
Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing NY Rangers
Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games


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NHL

Friday, June 13

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Game of the Day: Rangers at Kings
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Los Angeles Kings at New York Rangers (-159, 5)

Kings lead series 3-1.

The Los Angeles Kings get a chance to capture their second championship in three years at home as they host the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final on Friday. After winning the first three contests to push New York to the brink of elimination, Los Angeles was unable to complete the sweep as it dropped a 2-1 decision at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. Benoit Pouliot and Martin St. Louis scored while Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves as the Rangers improved to 11-2 in their last 13 elimination games and won their NHL-record eighth straight such contest at home.

Captain Dustin Brown netted the lone goal for the Kings, who had the opportunity to claim the Cup on the two-year anniversary of their first championship. Los Angeles outshot New York 15-1 in the third period of Game 4 and also dominated on faceoffs, winning 41 of the 65 draws. The Kings are 7-4 at home this postseason while the Rangers are 6-6 on the road.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS

LINE HISTORY: The Kings opened as -163 faves, dropped to -155 immediately after and have since moved up to -159

INJURY REPORT: N/A

ABOUT THE KINGS: Contrary to expectation, Los Angeles has been outhit in three of the first four games of the series. The team has had the edge in faceoffs, barely outdueling New York in each of the first three contests before owning the category in Game 4. That's a hollow victory to Brown, who was disappointed that his club was unable to finish off the Rangers. "We weren't good enough to win," he said. "It's about finding a way to be better. It is an opportunity lost."

ABOUT THE RANGERS: Pouliot's goal 7:25 into Game 4 was New York's first tally since Derick Brassard scored at 14:50 of the second period in Game 2, ending a drought of 123 minutes, 1 second. The tally was Pouliot's second of the series, as he also netted the first goal of the final. St. Louis also tallied for the second time this series and has recorded a team-high eight goals in 24 playoff games after scoring only once in 19 regular-season contests after being acquired from Tampa Bay.

TRENDS:

* Over is 7-2-1 In Kings last 10 games.
* Home team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
* Kings are 9-1 in their last 10 vs. Metropolitan.
* Over is 4-0-1 in Kings last five home games.

CONSENSUS: 64.78 percent of Consensus bets are on the Kings.

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06/13/2014 06:40 PM

Friday, June 13

Game Score Status Pick Amount

NY Rangers - 8:00 PM ET Los Angeles -163 500 TRIPLE PLAY

Los Angeles - Over 5 500 DOUBLE PLAY

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07/13/2014 11:56 AM

NHL

Sunday, July 13

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NHL roundup: No. 2 draft pick signs with Sabres
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The Buffalo Sabres signed No. 2 overall draft pick Sam Reinhart to a three-year contract on Saturday.

The Sabres also signed forward Jordan Samuels-Thomas to a one-year entry-level contract.

Reinhart, an 18-year-old forward, spent the past four seasons with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League. In 203 WHL games, he had 101 goals and 254 points. Last season, Reinhart was named WHL Player of the Year and Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year after tying Edmonton Oilers prospect Leon Draisaitl, the No. 3 overall draft pick, for fourth in the league with 105 points.

Samuels-Thomas, 24, was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the seventh round of the 2009 draft. The Sabres acquired his rights last Wednesday from the Winnipeg Jets in a trade for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2015 draft.

---The Minnesota Wild signed forward Jordan Schroeder to a two-year contract and defenseman Jonathon Blum to a one-year deal on Friday.

Financial terms were not released by the team. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that both deals are two-way contracts.

Schroeder, 23, had three goals and three assists in 25 games with the Vancouver Canucks last season. In 56 career NHL games, he has six goals and nine assists. He also has 47 goals and 115 points in 192 AHL games with the Manitoba Moose and Chicago Wolves. He was the No. 22 overall pick in the 2009 draft by the Canucks out of the University of Minnesota.

Blum, 25, had one assist in 15 games with the Wild last season. He also had seven goals and 29 points in 54 AHL games with Iowa. In 106 NHL games, he has seven goals and 23 points. He was the No. 23 overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Nashville Predators.

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