With a 1-0 series deficit already putting them down, the New Jersey Devils are really up against it going into Game 2 of Stanley Cup betting action when they take on the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
It really is amazing to think that the Kings are now 9-0 on the road here in the playoffs. It would be a remarkable feat for any team to win nine straight games on the road in the regular season, even against some of the worst competition in the league. But for LA to do it, do it in the playoffs, and do it against some of the best teams in the league that had great home ice advantages in the regular season is all the more unbelievable. The argument could be made that this is one of the best runs that a team has ever been on in the history of the league. The hero in Game 1 was Anze Kopitar, who scored the game winning goal after a great pass from Justin Williams to put him in streaking, clear on net. Kopitar made no mistakes about his chance, beating Martin Brodeur, one of the best goalies that the league has ever seen. The overtime winner was the biggest goal for Kopitar, and it might be one of the biggest goals that the LA franchise has ever scored.
We really don’t know what more Brodeur can do at this point. He really stopped just about everything that came his way, and there was absolutely nothing he could do to stop Kopitar from scoring that game winner in overtime. In the end, the loss in Game 1 really comes down to the offense, which just didn’t get anything going. New Jersey managed just 17 shots on goal, which is really bad considering the fact that there were over 68 minutes of action for the game. Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise, and Travis Zajac were -4 between them, and they had just a total of five shots on goal. That just isn’t going to get the job done, especially in the playoffs, and most certainly against Jonathan Quick, who is also one of the best young net minders in the game. Needless to say, the Devils don’t want to lose this game, knowing that they would have to win one of these two games on the road at Staples Center on relatively short rest to keep their season and their chances at the championship alive.
We still really think that the Devils are a good enough team to win some games in this series. The Stanley Cup should be tight the whole way through, and the truth of the matter is that we think that New Jersey is going to get back on track and level this series, giving the Kings their first bit of adversity here in the second season.
Los Angeles Kings @ New Jersey Devils Game 2 Pick: New Jersey Devils -110