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by Paul on 06/12/14 at 11:20 AM ET
I am going out on a limb here and will state right now the New York Rangers will win game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Friday.
Most of you may disagree with me and although the odds are the Los Angeles Kings will win Friday, I say the momentum gained by the Rangers will carry over to game 5.
Allow me to explain. The Rangers did win their first game of the series but they know Henrik Lundqvist needs some help plus the luck the Rangers had won't be the same come Friday.
Therefore, the team itself must play better and they will.
The Rangers dressing room is filled with experienced players, players who know they must be better than they were in game 4.
Winning last night gave them some life and they want to build on the game and I expect the Rangers to play their best game of the series on Friday.
You may say what about the Los Angeles Kings, don't they have something to say about this?
Sure they do and that is why I expect most to favor the Kings in game 5, but they have also shown stretches in the Stanley Cup Playoffs where they don't play as well as expected.
The Kings appear to play better when their backs are against the wall or when they "smell the blood in the water. Yes they played well in the first three games but the Rangers were not very good and like it or not, the bounces did go their way.
Now I am not saying the Kings will lose four games in a row, instead I am stating this series is going back to New York for game 6 and what was once considered a short series will be one of who has the most left in them.
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