NHL Stanley Cup Final: New Jersey Devils vs Los Angeles Kings
Los Angeles Kings: NHL Western Conference Champions
While few puck prognosticators picked Los Angeles to advance to the Cup Final, the handicappers at Online Sports Betting have proudly been on the Kings betting bandwagon since we cautioned against wagering on Canucks in their quarterfinal series against the Kings. On an amazing 12-2 playoff run, Los Angeles beat up on the Canucks with a 4-1 series win to open the playoffs. They’ve been virtually unbeatable ever since.
A semifinal series sweep of the St. Louis Blues meant the Kings had knocked of the top two seeds in the West and led to a showdown with the No. 3 seeded Phoenix Coyotes in the Western Conference Final. The Kings rolled to their eighth straight road win by defeating the ‘Yotes 4-3 in OT to advance to the Cup Final. This team has it all, scoring, toughness, team defense, and they are getting amazing goaltending from Jonathan Quick.
After the 2004 Calgary Flames (guided by current Kings coach Darryl Sutter) Los Angeles is the only team to knock off the top three seeds in Stanley Cup history. They are also the second No. 8 seed to make it to the Cup Final and can be the first to win it from that slot. The No. 8 seed Edmonton Oilers lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in seven games back in 2006. If Quick builds on his sparkling 1.54 playoff GAA – Kings Win!
New Jersey Devils: NHL Eastern Conference Champions
New Jersey is trying to capture Stanley for the fourth time in franchise history (this is their fifth appearance) and during a third straight decade. Built by General Manager Lou Lamoriello, and backed by the amazing Martin Brodeur, the Devils captured the Stanley Cup in 1995, 2000, and most recently in 2003. The Colorado Avalanche defeated New Jersey in a thrilling seven game series during the 2001 NHL Stanley Cup Final.
Make no mistake – this isn’t your father’s “all defense – all the time” New Jersey Devil squad. Led by offensive stars such as Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise, and Travis Zajac, the Devils and can score with all four lines at anytime. Though not the focal point it once was, the defense is still a big part of the Devils DNA as Marty Brodeur continues to shine in the New Jersey Nets. Brodeur makes his 200th playoff appearance tonight.
New Jersey registered a hard fought 4-3 quarterfinal series win over the Florida Panthers. They then rolled the high-flying Philadelphia Flyers with four straight wins – after dropping Game One of their semifinal series. The Devils advanced to the Cup Final with a 4-2 East Final series win over the NY Rangers. While we have a ton of respect for the Devils – their Cup chase will come up short against this big, fast, and tough Kings crew.
Online Sports Betting Call For The Cup: LA Kings in six games – Conn Smythe MVP: Jonathan Quick
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