1. They’ve come back from a massive deficit before
In the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Rangers trailed the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 and came back to win the series. That should give them plenty of confidence that they can do it again while being down 2-0 to the Kings. Also, 32 of the previous 35 teams that have gone up 2-0 in the finals at home have gone on to win the Cup. But of the three comebacks, two of them happened recently: the 2009 Penguins against the Detroit Red Wings, and the 2011 Boston Bruins against the Vancouver Canucks.
2. They’ve never trailed ... except at the end of Games 1 and 2
The Rangers took a 2-0 lead in Game 1, and held leads of 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2 in Game 2. For much of this series -- with the exception of when they were outshot 20-3 in the third period of Game 1 -- the Rangers have been the better team. If Carl Hagelin scores on the breakaway in the final minute of Game 1, or Chris Kreider scores on the breakaway in the first overtime of Game 2, the Rangers would be feeling really good about themselves right now. The problem, of course, is that they have nothing to show for their efforts. But New York certainly hasn’t gotten run over by Los Angeles, as some thought they would.
3. They have Lundqvist
It feels like the all-world goaltender has been a lot better than his .908 save percentage in this series, doesn’t it? Henrik Lundqvist has allowed eight goals, but he has also made so many remarkable stops, and ultimately given his team a chance to win both games. The Kings have so much offensive firepower, of course they’re going to score. But if the Rangers are going to win the Cup, Lundqvist is going to have to be the best player on the ice. He has shown flashes, that’s for sure.
4. They have depth
Eventually, Rick Nash and Brad Richards need to put some points on the board if the Rangers are going to win this series. Luckily, the team’s third line of Benoit Pouliot, Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello has been so potent throughout the playoffs. The fourth-liners -- Brian Boyle, Dominic Moore and Derek Dorsett -- have been good, too. It makes the Rangers a dangerous team -- especially when you factor in the defense, led by standouts Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi and the solid penalty-kill.
5. They’re coming home
After going 20 years without hosting a Stanley Cup finals game, Madison Square Garden is going to be raucous for Games 3 and 4. Tickets are going on average on the secondary market for about $1,600. That’s a month's worth of rent for some in the city’s five boroughs.