LOS ANGELES - Despite a 1- for-17 mark through four games in the Stanley Cup Final, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault wasn't contemplating any changes of personnel on the power play.
"Our power play has had some good looks. It obviously hasn't finished," he said a few hours before Game 5 Friday night. "You could say Benoit Pouliot's goal, their guy was stepping on the ice, close to a power-play goal. It's had some good looks, some good shots. You have to show trust and confidence in your guys that they'll get it done for you. Hopefully they will tonight."
Los Angeles, 2-for-14 in the series, was scoring at a 23.5-percent clip with the man-advantage in the playoffs; the Rangers were at 12.2 percent.
Comfortable at home
Teams with a chance to win the Stanley Cup on home ice were 41-20 since the best-of-seven format was introduced in 1939, but 7-8 since 2000. The Cup was raised on the road in five of the previous six seasons. The only home team to win the Cup in that span: the 2012 Kings.
LeNeveu backup again
Injured goalie Cam Talbot, who hadn't played in the Final, is on the trip, but David LeNeveu backed up Henrik Lundqvist again. Dan Carcillo, Jesper Fast, J.T. Miller, Raphael Diaz and Justin Falk were healthy scratches.
St. Louis valuable
Would the Rangers even be here without Martin St. Louis? Entering Game 5, he led the Rangers with eight postseason goals and was tied for second with 15 points. St. Louis, who struggled in 17 games (1-7-8) after being acquired from Tampa Bay for Ryan Callahan and draft choices, is signed through next season.
Go ahead, stay ahead
Both teams had fared well when scoring first. The Rangers had scored first in 16 of 24 and were 11-5. The Kings had struck first in 11 of 25 and were 9-2.