Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals is set to take place on Monday night, and hockey betting fans are going to love to sink their teeth into this one between the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils.
The Devils really are up against it after losing identical 2-1 games that really looked a heck of a lot like each other on Wednesday and Saturday. They really did fight hard to make it through these two games with at least a split, and perhaps it would have been a deserving result. However, in the end, the Kings were the ones that made the big time plays, while the stars for New Jersey were more or less just left watching. It’s not going to be every single game that every player is going to get on the stat sheet, especially with Jonathan Quick manning the opposite pipes, but the truth of the matter is that Ilya Kovalchuk, Travis Zajac, and Zach Parise absolutely have to do more than they have in the first two games of this series if there is any chance of Lord Stanley’s Cup coming back to the Garden State. These three have been totally MIA for the whole series, and with the offense struggling as badly as it is to just get quality opportunities, the stars have to shine when they get their chances.
The Kings are just amazing. They have won 14 of their 16 games here in the playoffs, including now winning all 10 of their road games. They are a perfect 11-0 in the first three games of the postseason this year, and no team has ever gone up 3-0 in all four series en route to the Stanley Cup before in league history. Los Angeles has at least shown some signs that it could be beaten, but as we said earlier, the moments of brilliance are all coming against Martin Brodeur. Drew Doughty has been the man of the hour offensively. He helped to set up the overtime winner in Game 1 that Anze Kopitar so eloquently pushed past Brodeur, and he started the scoring with a lethal slap shot that the Canadian net minder had absolutely no chance of getting to in the first period to set the tone in Game 2. In the end, it was Jeff Carter, who showed all sorts of speed just like Kopitar did in the first overtime of this series. He never gave up on a play in the New Jersey zone, and a wrist shot from right in the middle of the ice with a ton of traffic in front of Brodeur easily found its way into the back of the net.
We are absolutely convinced that the Kings are the team of destiny, and we really don’t even believe that this series is going to end up going back to the Prudential Center. Los Angeles has been a runaway train this whole second half of the season, and the Devils look like they have just run out of gas.
New Jersey Devils @ Los Angeles Kings Game 3 Pick: Los Angeles Kings -155