History could be made on Monday night in NHL betting action in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, when the Los Angeles Kings face off with the New Jersey Devils once again at the Staples Center.
If New Jersey can win this game, it would be the first team in the history of hockey to come back from a 3-0 series deficit in the Stanley Cup Finals to force a Game 7. The Devils are really playing loose at the moment, and they more or less have to feel like they have nothing to lose. Martin Brodeur is standing toe to toe with Jonathan Quick, one of the best goalies that the game has to offer, and he is going to have to continue to be big in the pipes to force this series back to a Game 7. Of course, what really has been the difference in the last two games of this series from the first three has been the play of the superstars. Ilya Kovalchuk and Patirk Elias hadn’t done a thing in this series before Game 4 when both found the back of the net, and Zach Parise joined into the fold as well with a power play goal in Game 5 to start the scoring in that game.
The Kings though, still have the 3-2 series lead, and they can still close out the Stanley Cup on Monday night in front of their hometown crowd in the final game of the year at the Staples Center. Of course, Quick is going to have to be great in the pipes, but in the end, the offense just has to do more. Anze Kopitar has been completely missing in action, and it is no shock that the offense has just one goal in each of the last two games because of it. What we do at least know out of this team is that the defense has been remarkable. Remember that New Jersey had just 19 shots on goal in Game 5, and the truth of the matter is that it had to be considered a shock that Quick allowed two goals when he faced fewer than 20 shots. There were just a total of nine shots combined in the first and third periods as well, and that’s also impressive knowing that the Devils were on the power play in both periods.
We really think that New Jersey is going to run out of gas at some point. We don’t think that the Devils are the better team in this series, and we aren’t convinced that they really have been the definitively better team in these last two games either. LA really is the better squad, and it deserves the Stanley Cup. And, for the first time in franchise history, the Kings are going to get the job done on Monday night.
New Jersey Devils @ Los Angeles Kings Game 6 Pick: Los Angeles Kings -170