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Rangers practice at home once more before trip to LA to face Kings in Stanley Cup finals

  • New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist looks to block a shot by center Brad Richards (19) during practice, Monday, June 2, 2014, in Greenburgh, N.Y. The Rangers will face the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final in Los Angeles on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist looks to block a shot by center Brad Richards (19) during practice, Monday, June 2, 2014, in Greenburgh, N.Y. The Rangers will face the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final in Los Angeles on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault answers questions for members of the media after a practice session, Monday, June 2, 2014, in Greenburgh, N.Y. The Rangers will face the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in Los Angeles on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault answers questions for members of the media after a practice session, Monday, June 2, 2014, in Greenburgh, N.Y. The Rangers will face the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in Los Angeles on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter talks to reporters during a news conference after the Kings defeated Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in the overtime period in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter talks to reporters during a news conference after the Kings defeated Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in the overtime period in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)  (The Associated Press)

Henrik Lundqvist had his game-day face on at practice.

He still smiled and answered all the questions thrown at him Monday about the Los Angeles Kings — the New York Rangers' long-awaited opponent in the Stanley Cup finals.

If there wasn't already enough pressure on Lundqvist to lead his team to its first championship since 1994, he is now part of the hype machine heading into Game 1 on Wednesday.

Headlines are screaming: "King Henrik vs. the Kings."

The Rangers were waiting since Thursday to find out their next opponent. They took two days off before returning to practice on Sunday. Most of the players said they watched at least part of Los Angeles' third road Game 7 win of this playoff year that night.

So practice on Monday had a bit more focus for the Rangers as they knew exactly who was standing in their way next.