Here are three storylines for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers on Hockey Night in Canada from Madison Square Garden on Wednesday evening (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7:30 p.m. ET).
The Kings lead the series 3-0 after they put only 15 shots on goal but skated away with a 3-0 win in Game 3. If the Kings don't clinch their second Stanley Cup crown in three years on Wednesday, Game 5 will be contested at the Staples Center in L.A. on Friday.
1. Can the Rangers avoid the first sweep in a Stanley Cup final since the Detroit Red Wings beat the Washington Capitals in 1998?
New York veteran centre Brad Richards remarked that it's hard to fathom his side has dropped three in a row to start this series because they have played so well. But the Rangers haven't scored timely goals, they haven't held leads, their power play has been abysmal and goalie Henrik Lundqvist hasn't been at his best yet.
Two years ago, the Kings built a 3-0 lead in the final against the New Jersey Devils, but the series was extended to six games because three-time champion goalie Martin Brodeur came up with a couple of dandy performances. Lundqvist needs to follow suit and play as well as Brodeur did or match the effort that Jonathan Quick produced for Los Angeles in Game 3 on Monday.
In elimination games in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. Lundqvist has gone a perfect 4-0, posting a .957 save percentage and two shutouts.
"I think both teams know it's possible to turn this around," Lundqvist said. "They've done it, and we know we can do it. It's not like we've been outplayed here, that's not been the case. They've been good, but I think we've been playing pretty good as well.
"It comes down to a couple plays here and there. That's been the difference in these games. But it starts with your belief and it starts with how you approach this game and the games after that. But they know it's possible and we know it's possible."
2. Will the Stanley Cup be clinched away from home for the sixth time in the past seven years?
The Kings are the only team in the past seven years to celebrate a Cup win on their home ice. Detroit (2008), Pittsburgh (2009), Chicago (2010), Boston (2011) and Chicago again last year, each took their victory laps on the road.
The Kings hope to become the first team to sweep the Stanley Cup final in 16 years, and this accomplishment would be added to an already impressive resume in which they sandwiched championships around a trip to the West final in a 24-month span.
One of the keys to the Kings' success has been their play away from Los Angeles. They have won 19 of 32 road games during their impressive run, including 10 of 11 in 2012 and eight of 13 this spring.
3. Will this be Darryl Sutter's final game behind the Kings bench?
Sutter will turn 56 on Aug. 19. Since his playing days ended in 1987, he has been behind a bench on-and-off for the past 26 years, beginning as a Chicago Blackhawks assistant in the 1987-88 season.
In 1989-90 with the IHL's Indianapolis Ice, he won a Turner Cup in his second full season as a head coach and added a seventh Stanley Cup crown to his family's legacy with the Kings two years ago.
At first, he turned down Los Angeles general manager Dean Lombardi's offer to coach the Kings in December 2011. He was content with his life on his ranch near Viking, Alta. Will two championships be enough or does he want a kick at the can to become the first head coach to win back-to-back titles since Scotty Bowman with Detroit in 1996-97 and 1997-98?
Projected lineup for Los Angeles
Dustin Brown -- Anze Kopitar -- Marian Gaborik
Tanner Pearson -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli
Dwight King -- Jarret Stoll -- Justin Williams
Kyle Clifford -- Mike Richards -- Trevor Lewis
Jake Muzzin -- Drew Doughty
Alec Martinez -- Matt Greene
Willie Mitchell -- Slave Voynov
Projected lineup for New York
Carl Hagelin -- Brad Richards -- Martin St. Louis
Chris Kreider -- Derek Stepan -- Rick Nash
Benoit Pouliot -- Derick Brassard -- Mats Zuccarello
Brian Boyle -- Dominic Moore -- Derek Dorsett
Ryan McDonagh -- Dan Girardi
Marc Staal -- Anton Stalman
John Moore -- Kevin Klein
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