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The New York Rangers will face off against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final 2014 series on Wednesday night. There has been so much hype surrounding this match up over the past week, but now finally all the talking will be done on the ice, and both teams will be desperate to get their noses in front from Game 1. Today's match up will start at 8 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the NBC network or online through free live stream (details below).
Today's Game 1 takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California and the Kings will be hoping that they can use home ice advantage to get 1-0 up in the series.
The Rangers will be hyped up for today's game though, and don't be shocked if things start at 100 mph in today's game as both teams will be desperate to make an impact in the first period.
The Rangers are not the biggest of teams and will not want to get tangled up in a physical game. Their core strength is their speed, so expect them to move quick and get the puck down the ice fast.
The Kings meanwhile seem to love their physical games, and they will not be stepping back from try to get in the Rangers' players faces and trying to make a physical impact on the game.
Both teams have had to fight extremely hard to get to the Stanley Cup Final this year, and neither will want to let the opportunity slip away at this final hurdle.
The Kings had to face a seven game series against the Chicago Blackhawks to make it here, and some believe that could leave them slightly more tired of the two teams. Los Angeles have needed all 21 games of their postseason to win through to this final. However, the Rangers haven't really flown through themselves, and needed just one less – 20 games of their possible 21 in the postseason to get through to this final.
One thing's for sure, neither team will give an inch on the ice tonight.
The New York Rangers against the Los Angeles Kings will start at 8 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the NBC network or online through free live stream by clicking here.