Channel Surfing is Too Many Men On The Site’s quick guide to tonight’s Stanley Cup Final action, as well as any other interesting broadcasts in the world of hockey. Included is a list of the scheduled games, game notes, as well as a pre-game warm up song.
New York Rangers @ Los Angeles Kings 8:00 PM NBC [Series: Tied 0-0]
- Has there ever been more questions surrounding two teams entering Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final? Having only met twice during the regular season (the last game dating back to November), there is very little history to assist in gaining a sense of how this series will play out. Both the Kings and the Rangers have changed significantly since they traded wins in those two games. If the Rangers push this series past the four game mark, at some point you have to start wondering whether the Kings will have enough gas left in the tank to push on.
- The puck hasn’t even dropped in Game 1 and already the fatigue factor is already being discussed, primarily for the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings have gone to Game 7 in all three playoff rounds, the most recent being a showdown with the Chicago Blackhawks. The New York Rangers will be the better rested team, after defeating Montreal in six games.
- The Chicago Blackhawks had difficulty containing the Los Angeles Kings offense, who used their size to park themselves in front of the net, making life for goaltender Corey Crawford difficult. The New York Rangers are hoping their defense can contain the Kings offense and Henrik Lundqvist can continue his stellar play in net. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has not been able to steal games for the Kings this post-season, so a goaltender duel could play in the favor of the Rangers. It all starts with puck possession and stopping the Kings offensive attack.
TMMOTS Pre-game Warm Up Song:
Guns N’ Roses – “Night Train”