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Predictions For Kings Devils Betting – Brodeur, Devils Hand Kings First Road Loss

Posted by Don Melrose on 5/29/2012 3:01:27 PM

Sports betting players have been amazed by what Los Angeles has been able to do on the road so far in the playoffs as they haven’t lost a game heading into Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals in New Jersey, but that’ll come to a halt as the Devils’ future Hall of Fame goalie will outduel his Vezina-nominated counterpart at the other end of the ice.

What: NHL Betting
When: Wednesday, May 30th, 8:00 PM ET
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Pick: New Jersey Devils

Why Bet On Los Angeles Kings

Wagering on the Kings away from home has made more than a few NHL betting sharps happy as they have won all eight of their games on the road. Head coach Darryl Sutter has done a brilliant job of managing his lines, which have all produced during the playoffs to the point that he has total confidence in whoever is out there as the Kings don’t have the last change on the road, and his players have responded. Captain Dustin Brown has put up 12 of his 16 points on the road and that is a major reason why he is a Conn Smythe favorite, while Mike Richards and Dustin Penner, who were both criticized throughout the regular season, have notched nine points apiece away from the Staples Center. Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar have eight points each on the road, and the duo of Carter and Richards may have a little extra motivation in New Jersey from their time in Philadelphia. In goal, Jonathan Quick has a 1.56 GAA and a sparkling .948 save percentage.

News has emerged that Simon Gagne, who has been out since December 28th because of concussion-like issues, practiced with the team, but it is unknown whether Sutter will insert him into the lineup. Gagne, another former Flyer, will be very rusty and Sutter probably won’t want to disturb the group that has gotten the Kings to the Stanley Cup finals, but he is a good option to bring in if the Kings struggle to get out of the gate in the series and he is a proven playoff performer.

Why Bet On New Jersey Devils

The Devils are very solid at home, winning six of their first eight games at the Prudential Center, but this is actually the first time that they will start a series on their home ice after coming out of the Eastern Conference as a No.6 seed; the Kings, of course, are an eighth seed, but you know head coach Pete DeBoer and company won’t be taking them lightly. Ilya Kovalchuk, who leads the NHL playoffs with 18 points, has scored 11 of them at home and is a +1 on his ice, while posting a -5 on the road and that is something he’ll need to sort out when the Devils head west to the Staples Center. Like the Kings, the Devils have a ton of depth and Kovalchuk has gotten help from captain Zach Parise and Travis Zajac, who have both scored eight points at home so far in the postseason. The Devils may need a little more out of veteran Patrik Elias, who has just three points at home in the playoffs and is a startling -4, and his experience will come in handy in the Stanley Cup finals. Martin Brodeur, who is going for Stanley Cup No.4, has posted a 1.93 GAA and a .921 save percentage at the Prudential Center in the postseason and he has been lights out since he was pulled in their first home game against Florida; if DeBoer wanted to send a message to his future Hall of Fame goalie, it got through.

New Jersey is healthy heading into the finals, as is Los Angeles, so there are no excuses as they prepare for this huge game. They would love to shatter the Kings’ perfect road record and after the series they just had with their rivals from New York, they’ll be prepared for anything. This is the first time the Devils have had home-ice advantage in the playoffs; they would do well to protect it.

How It Will Play Out

NHL betting odds actually have the Kings as a -114 favorite on the road, which isn’t a surprise given what they’ve done in the postseason, while the Devils are rated at +103 and have won three of their last five at home against the Kings since 2004. This includes a 2-1 shootout win back in October, but that was in October.

The goalies will be the difference in this game as nerves will cause the skaters to grip their sticks a little tight and it’ll come down to one or two small mistakes, which it usually does anyway in the Stanley Cup finals, but especially in the first game. Quick has been amazing in the postseason, but you have to give the edged to the more experienced Brodeur, who wasn’t great against the Rangers, but stepped up when he needed to. Lean towards the Devils in your online betting book on Wednesday

Kings Devils Betting Pick: New Jersey Devils

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