The Los Angeles Kings are on the verge of the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history, and they are going to try to wrap things up in NHL betting action against the New Jersey Devils.
New Jersey just feels like it has had it. We can’t imagine just how emotionally spent the Devils must be after losing a pair of 2-1 games in overtime at home. Martin Brodeur really looks like he has had it as well. The 40-year old net minder hasn’t been in the Stanley Cup Finals in a decade, and this time around just doesn’t look like he has what it takes to best Jonathan Quick. Brodeur allowed four goals on just 21 shots against the Kings in Game 4, and he really hasn’t had a great series in general. He allowed both of the overtime goals in Game 1 and Game 2, and now he is coming off of this brutal performance. Still, we continue to talk about the offensive stars that just haven’t done anything. Ilya Kovalchuk and his line mates haven’t accounted for a single goal in this series, and the power play is now 0-of-12 after having a great series against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals.
It’s all about the Kings right now. They are well on their way to their first Stanley Cup in team history, and that’s saying something for a team that had Wayne Gretzky and the likes over the course of their franchise’s time near the top. Jonathan Quick, who has allowed just two goals in this entire series is surely set to win the Conn Smythe Trophy. He has put on as good of a show in the playoffs as any goalie ever has, and as a result, with a win in this one, the team will finish 16-2 for the postseason. Needless to say, that’s as good as any team has ever done in the playoffs, which is all the more impressive for a No. 8 seed that had to beat a No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 seed just to get to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Kings went up 3-0 in all of their series here in the second season, and though they are just 1-2 in their previous Game 4s, they just don’t feel like they are going to be blowing this one at Staples Center on Wednesday night.
That being said, we just don’t see how New Jersey is going to get the job done in this one. It just isn’t fathomable to see the Devils winning this one. The Kings would really love to wrap up the Cup here in front of their hometown crowd, and it is hard to see any other conclusion. Normally, we would never lay these types of odds in a hockey game in the playoffs, but we are going to go with our gut and stick with the hosts.
New Jersey Devils @ Los Angeles Kings Game 4 Pick: Los Angeles Kings -200