cnotes Posts:23766 Followers:32
06/02/2012 10:42 AM

LA Kings Favored In Game 2 At New Jersey Devils

The Los Angeles Kings can take an early stranglehold on the NHL Finals with a Game 2 win at the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.

The action will start at 8:00 p.m. (ET) from the Prudential Center in Newark. The updated odds have the Devils as 110 favorites. The total is 4½ on the Don Best odds screen, and the ‘over’ is priced at -115.

The storyline for this game is simple. Can the Kings win on the road again after starting a record-breaking 9-0 away this postseason? They have been absolutely remarkable for a No. 8 seed and already have home ice advantage after a 2-1 overtime win in Wednesday’s opener.

Getting down to brass tacks for Game 2, the Devils simply have to win this game. Don Best Sports analyst Brian Blessing still believes this will be a long series and that New Jersey has value at the current +250 series odds (Kings -300).

Both teams struggled in the first game and while folks out in Southern California are already making plans for the ticker tape parade, it’s too early for that talk with both squads evenly matched.

New Jersey does have experience losing a Game 1 in these playoffs, having it happen the last two series against the Flyers and Rangers. The Flyers series was followed by four straight wins after the initial defeat.

New Jersey does have to find a way to solve goaltender Jonathan Quick. There is a learning curve as he doesn’t get beat down low often. The Devils’ 17 total shots from the opener won’t cut it again and they must get pucks to the net as opposed to being too cute with the extra pass.

Both captains show great leadership with Los Angeles’ Dustin Brown and New Jersey’s Zach Parise. Blessing thinks Parise is going to have a big game on Saturday, motivated even more by his impending free agency. Goaltender Marty Brodeur should win the Conn Smythe Trophy if the Devils win the whole thing, but Parise has been the clear-cut leader.

Blessing touted the Devils’ fourth line as a key before the series, but the Kings outplayed them in that area in Game 1. New Jersey has to do a better job of controlling play and not getting flustered by the Kings forecheck.

The Kings had the puck most of the opener and that can’t happen again if New Jersey wants a different result.

Game 3 will be in Los Angeles on Monday with just one day rest, after strangely having two days off before Game 2.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:23766 Followers:32
06/02/2012 10:45 AM

Playoff Results - Finals & Cup

May 31, 2012

The Home team is 0-1
The Favorites are 1-0
The Favorite that won are 0-1 on the puck-line
The 'over' is 0-1

Wed May 30, 2012
Away Home Score ATS Result Total Result
Los Angeles (-115) New Jersey 2-1 Favorite Under 4.5

Sat June 2, 2012
Los Angeles New Jersey

Mon June 4, 2012
New Jersey Los Angeles

Wed June 6, 2012
New Jersey Los Angeles

Sat June 9, 2012
Los Angeles New Jersey

Mon June 11, 2012
New Jersey Los Angeles

Wed June 13, 2012
New Jersey Los Angeles



*If Necessary

Conference Finals


Home teams went 4-7
Favorites went 8-3
Favorites that won went 4-4 on the puck-line
The 'over' went 6-5

Sun May 13, 2012
Away Home Score ATS Result Total Result
Los Angeles (-115) Phoenix 4-2 Favorite Over 5

Mon May 14, 2012
New Jersey NY Rangers (-130) 3-0 Favorite Under 4.5

Tue May 15, 2012
Los Angeles (-115) Phoenix 4-0 Favorite Under 4.5

Wed May 16, 2012
New Jersey (+125) NY Rangers 3-2 Underdog Over 4.5

Thu May 17, 2012
Phoenix Los Angeles (-210) 2-1 Favorite Under 4.5

Sat May 19, 2012
NY Rangers (-110) New Jersey 3-0 Favorite Under 4.5

Sun May 20, 2012
Phoenix (+170) Los Angeles 2-0 Underdog Under 4.5

Mon May 21, 2012
NY Rangers New Jersey (-125) 4-1 Favorite Over 4.5

Tue May 22, 2012
Los Angeles (-135) Phoenix 4-3 Favorite Over 4.5

Wed May 23, 2012
New Jersey (+110) NY Rangers 5-3 Underdog Over 4.5

Fri May 25, 2012
NY Rangers New Jersey (-115) 3-2 Favorite Over 4.5



*If Necessary


Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:23766 Followers:32
06/02/2012 10:47 AM

Kings seek 10th straight road win Saturday


2012 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
No. 8 LOS ANGELES KINGS

at No. 6 NEW JERSEY DEVILS


Stanley Cup Finals
Game 2 - Los Angeles leads series 1-0
Puck Drops: Saturday, 8:05 p.m. EDT
Line: Los Angeles -110, New Jersey -110, Total: 4½


The Kings drew first blood with an overtime win in Game 1, and now the Devils will be hard-pressed to earn at least a split at home when the teams return to the ice Saturday night in Game 2.

Anze Kopitar’s breakaway overtime goal gave L.A. a 2-1 win in a game that was mostly an ugly, defensive struggle. The Kings are now a perfect 9-0 on the road this postseason, and have won 11 straight playoff games outside of Los Angeles dating back to last year. The high-scoring Devils were able to score only one time on red-hot Jonathan Quick, and that was the result of a fluky deflection off a Kings defender’s chest. Quick had to make only 17 saves on Wednesday, but he’ll likely be tested much more on Saturday considering New Jersey has averaged 29.7 shots on goal per game in the 2012 playoffs. The Devils have been a strong 24-16 following a loss this season, and expect their high-scoring forwards to pepper Quick much more in Game 2. The pick is NEW JERSEY to even up the series.

This rare four-star FoxSheets trend also likes the Devils to win:

NEW JERSEY is 23-8 ATS (74.2%, +31.3 Units) revenging a same season loss vs. opponent this season. The average score was NEW JERSEY 3.2, OPPONENT 2.3 - (Rating = 4*).

Quick continues his amazing run in the playoffs, posting a 13-2 record, 1.49 GAA and .946 SV Pct. He has not allowed more than three goals this postseason, and has given up one goal or fewer seven times in the 2012 playoffs. Offensively the Kings have scored 4+ goals in five of their past nine contests, averaging 3.1 goals per game in this stretch. No team has had an answer for the Kings’ top line during the playoffs as Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar each have seven goals, nine assists and +14 ratings in 15 games, while linemate Justin Williams has two goals and a team-best 10 assists. L.A. has not helped itself on the power play during the playoffs though, converting a dismal 6-of-75 chances (8.0%) with the man advantage. However, the club has been excellent short-handed during this postseason, allowing just five goals in 59 chances (8.5%). Star defenseman Drew Doughty has been tremendous in the playoffs with 11 points (2 G, 9 A) and a +12 rating, logging a hefty 26:02 average time on the ice.

New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur saved just 23 shots in Game 1, but he turned away some great scoring chances for Los Angeles. He now carries a 2.02 GAA and .923 SV Pct. in the playoffs, statistics that are a big improvement from his regular season numbers (2.41 GAA, .908 SV Pct.). These stats would be even better if the Devils’ penalty-kill unit was a little more buttoned up. They have allowed playoff opponents to score 15 power-play goals in just 63 chances (23.8%). Offensively, New Jersey has tallied 12 PPG and a strong 17.6% conversion rate, but the club is just 2-for-18 (11.1%) with a man-up in the past five contests. For the Devils to get back in the series, they will need Ilya Kovalchuk to be much more assertive than he was in Game 1. Kovalchuk leads the NHL with 18 playoff points (7 G, 11 A), but managed just one shot on Wednesday. Two other Devils also have seven goals apiece in the 2012 playoffs, LW Zach Parise and C Travis Zajac, but neither forward started the series with a bang. Both of these players logged minus-2 ratings in Game 1, with Parise managing three shots on goal and Zajac putting just one shot on net.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:23766 Followers:32
06/02/2012 10:48 AM

NHL
Dunkel

Los Angeles at New Jersey
The Devils look to bounce back from their 2-1 loss in Game 1 and build on their 6-1 record in their last 7 games after 2 goals or less in the previous game. New Jersey is the pick (-110) according to Dunkel, which has the Devils favored by 1 1/2. Dunkel Pick: New Jersey (-110). Here are all of today's picks.

SATURDAY, JUNE 2

Game 3-4: Los Angeles at New Jersey (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Los Angeles 11.983; New Jersey 13.585
Dunkel Line & Total: New Jersey by 1 1/2; 4
Vegas Line & Total: New Jersey (-110); 4 1/2
Dunkel Pick: New Jersey (-110); Under




NHL
Long Sheet

Saturday, June 2

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LOS ANGELES (53-29-0-15, 121 pts.) at NEW JERSEY (60-33-0-8, 128 pts.) - 6/2/2012, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
LOS ANGELES is 9-16 ATS (-11.0 Units) on Saturday games this season.
NEW JERSEY is 60-40 ATS (+13.1 Units) in all games this season.
NEW JERSEY is 31-23 ATS (+2.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
NEW JERSEY is 20-14 ATS (+35.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
NEW JERSEY is 39-25 ATS (+6.4 Units) second half of the season this season.
NEW JERSEY is 28-16 ATS (+44.8 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
LOS ANGELES is 33-25 ATS (+5.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
LOS ANGELES is 22-10 ATS (+11.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
LOS ANGELES is 19-13 ATS (+5.8 Units) in road games second half of the season this season.
LOS ANGELES is 55-46 ATS (+111.7 Units) in road games when playing with 2 days rest since 1996.
LOS ANGELES is 9-2 ATS (+6.7 Units) when leading in a playoff series this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
LOS ANGELES is 3-2 (+0.5 Units) against the spread versus NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
LOS ANGELES is 3-2-0 straight up against NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
4 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+4.1 Units)

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NHL
Short Sheet

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Stanley Cup Finals, Game Two (LA Leads, 1-0)
Los Angeles at New Jersey, 8:05 ET NBC
Los Angeles: 9-0 SU in playoff road games
New Jersey: 14-5 Over after scoring 1 goal or less




NHL
Armadillo's Write-Up

Saturday, June 2

Kings (1-0) @ Devils-- New Jersey has been behind in all three series, 2-1 to Rangers and Florida, 1-0 to Flyers, so they've been in this spot before. West #8-seed Kings are on an amazing 13-2 playoff run, winning all nine games on road- they scored total of one goal in two losses. New Jersey has won the Stanley Cup three times; LA is making just second visit to Finals (lost 4-1 in '03 Final to Montreal, with three OT losses), but OT goal in Game 1 has people believing Kings are team of destiny. Total of only 42 shots on goal in Game 1, with Kings 0-1 on power play, Devils 0-3. Teams that don't play each other as often have less penalties, less pent-up hostilities built up over the years.





NHL

Saturday, June 2

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Trend Report
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8:00 PM
LOS ANGELES vs. NEW JERSEY
Los Angeles is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 5 games
New Jersey is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
New Jersey is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Los Angeles


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NHL

Saturday, June 2

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Kings at Devils Game 2: What bettors need to know
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Los Angeles Kings at New Jersey Devils (-110, 4.5)

THE STORY: No team has been able to use home-ice advantage to subdue the Los Angeles Kings so far in the postseason. That includes the New Jersey Devils, who fought gamely but ultimately dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to the visiting Kings in the opening game of the Stanley Cup finals. Los Angeles will look to stretch its road record to 10-0 as it takes on the Devils in Saturday's Game 2. Anze Kopitar was the hero in the opener, scoring on a breakaway as the Kings improved to 13-2 in the playoffs.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS

ABOUT THE KINGS: Los Angeles has made it look easy throughout the postseason, but the players know they're going to get a difficult test from the upstart Devils. "They're a great team," said Kings winger Justin Williams. "They come at you hard. They don't give you any space. They've got a heck of a forecheck and a great goalie. We expect more of this throughout the series." Kopitar came into the series with a reputation for big goals and emerged as the X-factor in Game 1. The Slovenian star is red-hot, with six goals and six assists over his last nine games.

ABOUT THE DEVILS: New Jersey knows it will need more than one shot every four minutes to win its first Stanley Cup since 2003. The Devils managed just 17 shots on Kings netminder Jonathan Quick, and head coach Peter DeBoer said his team probably deserved to lose for that reason. "It would have been nice to get a bounce, but I don't believe we deserved to win," he said. "That's the bottom line. If we had won, we would have been sneaking one out." Zach Parise was a minus-two in defeat, but extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one shot on goal to 186.

TRENDS:
- Kings are 13-3 in their last 16 road games.
- Devils are 10-3 in their last 13 home games.
- Under is 5-0-1 in the last 6 meetings.

OVERTIME:

1. Los Angeles managed just 25 shots in the opener, its lowest total since a series-clinching win over St. Louis in Round 2.

2. Wednesday marked Brodeur's 200th career postseason game, making him the 20th NHL player to reach the plateau.

3. Kopitar led the Kings' forwards in ice time (22:01) and shots on goal (four).

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:23766 Followers:32
06/02/2012 10:50 AM

NHL

Saturday, June 2

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Los Angeles - 8:00 PM ET New Jersey -108 500

New Jersey - Under 4.5 500

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cnotes Posts:23766 Followers:32
06/04/2012 02:44 PM

Kings Return To LA Leading The Devils 2-0

The total for Game 3 in Los Angeles is 4½ goals, shaded slightly ‘under.’

Let’s hear it for Wayne Rutledge and Eddie Joyal, for Bill “Cowboy” Flett and Gord Labossiere, for Bill White and Dale Rolfe, for Howie Hughes and Lowell MacDonald, and for announcer Jiggs McDonald. For Dave Amadio, Terry Sawchuk, Real “Frenchy” Lemieux, too, no longer with us to watch NHL proceedings.

These were all stalwarts and familiar faces of the first group of Los Angeles Kings, 45 seasons ago, in the unforgettable 1967-68 campaign, the year of the first great expansion in the NHL.

And the Kings have never been closer to a Stanley Cup than they are right now.

Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals is Monday Night at Staples Center, hard aside the Harbor Freeway on the south side of downtown Los Angeles, which is ready to erupt at the thought of the Kings finally winning their first Stanley Cup.

The New Jersey Devils still have something to say about all of that, however, and figure to once again offer resolute opposition. Monday’s face-off takes place at 8:05 p.m. (ET), and the Don Best odds screen notes the Kings as prohibitive favorites around Las Vegas, priced anywhere from -155 to -165 on the win. Devils backers can fetch from +140 to +150, depending upon which wagering outlet they choose to do their shopping.

The total is the new playoff norm of 4½ goals, shaded slightly ‘under’ at -110 to -115. Puck Line players tempted to lay the extra goal with the Kings can find prices as high as +210, while taking the extra goal with New Jersey can cost as much as -255 at Las Vegas wagering outlets.

The game will be televised not by big NBC, but instead by the NBC Sports Network (the old Versus), with the pride of Bowling Green, Mike Emrick, plus Ed Olczyk and Pierre McGuire, handling the commentary,

Still, longtime Kings backers are pinching themselves at the thought that they could be a few days away from a Stanley Cup that has seemed a distant dream for much of the franchise’s existence.

Interestingly, the Kings had one of their better chances to play for the Cup right in their first season, in retrospect one of the most fascinating campaigns in the history of any North American professional sport. The NHL, taking a cue from other pro sports that had expanded in the ’60s, decided not only to expand but to double its size for the 1967-68 campaign, from the “original six” teams all of the way to 12.

The Kings, along with the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota North Stars, St. Louis Blues and Oakland Seals, would play in their own, brand new Western Division, the winner of whose playoffs would face the “original six” winner from the newly-named Eastern Conference.

It was an era of legendary stars in the NHL, with Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita at the height of their powers in Chicago, Gordie Howe still brutalizing foes in Detroit, Bobby Orr a young and emerging star in Boston, and Jean Beliveau, Henri Richard, Yvan Cournoyer plus Gump Worsley pacing a powerhouse Montreal team. But the league had yet to become diluted with talent, so when the expansion draft took place before the 1967-68 season, the new teams were able to stock their rosters with some decent NHL-caliber players.

Indeed, competition was better between the “new” West and the “old” East in that first season than it was for the next several years.

The new Kings, owned by the controversial Jack Kent Cooke, played their first regular-season home game in early October at the Long Beach Arena, two months before the Queen Mary would arrive and dock nearby. The Kings alternated games in Long Beach and the downtown L.A. Sports Arena before Cooke’s “Fabulous Forum” in Inglewood opened on December 30 with a nationally-televised game on CBS vs. the Flyers, which Philadelphia won 2-0. The Kings, coached by former Maple Leafs great Red Kelly, were a solid West contender that first season, jockeying with the Flyers for the regular-season division crown before the playoffs began.

The Kings were narrowly denied a division crown but finished a close second to the Flyers and entered the postseason as one of the West favorites. Alas, the North Stars had other ideas, and with Cesare Maniago holding firm in goal, Minnesota took the opening series in seven games, winning the finale at the Forum by a 9-4 score. Eventually, the Blues would see off the North Stars in the West finals before making a fist of it in with the Stanley Cup on the line vs. Montreal; the Blues were within one goal on each occasion but were nonetheless swept in a pulsating four-game series, the last one that featured mask-less goalies on both sides (Montreal’s Worsley and St. Louis’ Glenn Hall).

Since then, rarely have the Kings even dreamed about a Stanley Cup. After the 1967-68 disappointment, a lesser Kings team did make it to the conference finals the next season in 1968-69 before being dominated by the Blues and their vet goalie Jacques Plante, pulled out of retirement, in a four-game sweep. Los Angeles would not return to the postseason for another five years, when defense-minded teams coached by Bob Pulford and featuring goalie Rogie Vachon emerged as a viable contender for a few years. But the Stanley Cup was still an elusive dream.

Years later, the Kings finally thought they had their chance when heisting Wayne Gretzky out of Edmonton, but they could only reach the Cup final once, in the 1992-93 season, a series that recalls bitter memories for Kings fans when Le Habitants coach Jacques Demers pointed out to the refs the illegal tape on King defender Marty McSorley’s stick late in Game 2 and the Kings ready to take a 2-0 lead back to the Forum. The Canadiens converted the power play and proceeded to march on to a 4-1 series win.

The Kings have not had a whiff of the Stanley Cup since, winning just one playoff series over the past 17 years. But they’ve certainly found the scent in this postseason.

Interestingly, along the way in their existence, the Kings have only employed three play-by-play announcers, beginning with the aforementioned Jiggs McDonald, only 29 when taking the job before leaving for expansion Atlanta following the 1971-72 season (Jiggs later served with some distinction as the Islanders’ announcer during their glory years and is deservedly in the Hockey Hall of Fame). The exciting Roy Storey called Kings games for one colorful season in 1972-73 before former U. Of Wisconsin play-by-play man Bob Miller took the job in 1973-74, a gig he still has to this day and one that has also seen him named to the Hockey HOF.

That this season in which the Kings barely scratched their way into the playoffs as the eighth and final seed in the West, a campaign in which they switched coached prior to New Year’s when Terry Murray was dismissed and Darryl Sutter hired, hardly figured to be the year in which the Stanley Cup would land in L.A., but the Kings are just two wins away from making it happen.

The Kings are a well-publicized 10-0 on the road in these playoffs and 14-2 overall, within touching distance of the 16-2 record set by Gretzky’s 1987-88 Edmonton Oilers as the best playoff mark since the postseason expanded to seven-game series for each of the four rounds.

For the Kings, GK Jonathan Quick, zeroing in on Vezina and Conn Smythe Trophies, has been impenetrable, his 1.44 playoff GPA and .947 save percentage stonewalling everyone, including the flustered Devils in the first two games of this series.

Thanks to Quick, the Kings can forecheck with abandon, sending multiples of players into the opposing zone and not concerning themselves too much with odd-man rushes the other way, thanks to Quick’s guard-like presence in front of the gate. Los Angles has also outscored the opposition 45-24 in these playoffs and hasn’t even fallen behind in eight of its last ten games, the only exceptions being Games 4 and 5 in the last round vs. the Coyotes.

But this series has been anything but easy for the Kings, with both of the first two games in Newark sitting on a razor’s edge and into overtime, level 1-1 after regulation. On both occasions the Devils missed gilt-edged chances to win the game in the late going, especially in Game 2, when after a disastrous Dustin Brown giveaway, Ilya Kovalchuk beat Quick with 18 seconds to play, only for the crossbar to deny him and the Devils a win. In overtime, the Kings finally pulled out the game on ex-Flyer and Blue Jacket Jeff Carter’s goal.

Before making Stanley Cup parade reservations, however, consider that the Kings have not been dominating lately, winning three overtime games in row (including the series-clincher vs. the Coyotes), and shut out by Phoenix in the game prior to that streak. Both of their playoff losses have also come at home at Staples Center, where they are a more-modest 4-2 in the postseason.

The Devils have been able to limit the Kings’ shots, tested Quick, and bottled up L.A. with their own brand of effective forechecking which has limited the Kings to one regulation goal in each of the first two games. Los Angeles has also not been able to implement it usual smooth-puck passing game. New Jersey just hasn’t been able to solve Quick.

Note, too, that Pete DeBoer’s side also trailed in each of its preceding three series in this postseason, and rallied to win them all. The Devils have also won four of their last five, and five of their last seven, playoff games on the road. They’ve also bounced back from defeats with wins after four of their last five playoff losses.

New Jersey, however, has not had to rally from a two-game deficit in these playoffs. The Devils can take some solace in the fact that Boston also rallied from 0-2 vs. Vancouver to win last year’s Stanley Cup, although the Bruins were home for Games 3 and 4; New Jersey has to trek across the continent to the hot-house atmosphere of Staples Center for the next two games.

DeBoer, who tried to shake up his lines in the third period of Game 2 to put more pressure on Quick, partially succeeded, but the Devils must reignite their dormant power play, and in a hurry, to get back into this series. Key components Kovalchuk, Zach Parise, and Travis Zajac are all pointless thus far in this series. DeBoer still has the luxury of four productive lines, although the Devils have been too guilty of making the extra pass (or two or three) in the attack end. It’s worth noting that both goals scored by the Devils in this series came from shots sent into a crowd in front of Quick and deflected home.

Expect DeBoer to insist that his troops put the puck on Quick whenever possible to create havoc and chances at deflections and rebounds, none of which can happen when passing the puck around by the blue line.

Still, there has been almost nothing separating these teams in the first two games of this series. The odds are long, but the Devils hardly look like a team that is out of this matchup, and the Game 3 price looks like an overlay on the Kings. We would be surprised if this series ends in a sweep and doesn’t at least get back to the Pru Center for a Game 5 later this week.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:23766 Followers:32
06/04/2012 02:45 PM

Playoff Results - Finals & Cup

June 3, 2012


The Home team is 0-2
The Favorites are 1-1
The Favorite that won are 0-1 on the puck-line
The 'over' is 0-2

Wed May 30, 2012
Away Home Score ATS Result Total Result

Los Angeles (-115) New Jersey 2-1 Favorite Under 4.5

Sat June 2, 2012
Los Angeles (+100) New Jersey 2-1 Underdog Under 4.5

Mon June 4, 2012
New Jersey Los Angeles

Wed June 6, 2012
New Jersey Los Angeles

Sat June 9, 2012
Los Angeles New Jersey

Mon June 11, 2012
New Jersey Los Angeles

Wed June 13, 2012
New Jersey Los Angeles



*If Necessary

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:23766 Followers:32
06/04/2012 02:47 PM

Kings seek 3-0 series lead over Devils on Monday


2012 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
No. 6 NEW JERSEY DEVILS

at No. 8 LOS ANGELES KINGS


Stanley Cup Finals
Game 3 - Los Angeles leads series 2-0
Puck Drops: Monday, 8:05 p.m. EDT
Line: Los Angeles -165, New Jersey +145, Total: 4½


After winning the first two games in overtime, the Kings look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Devils in the Stanley Cup Finals when the series shifts to Los Angeles on Monday night.

Jeff Carter’s overtime goal on Saturday night put the Kings within two games of securing their first championship in franchise history. Los Angeles is now an incredible 14-2 in the 2012 playoffs, including 10-0 on the road. And now they return home where they are 25-20 on the season, and allowing a paltry 1.9 goals per game. However, the Devils know they can hang with this red-hot L.A. club, as they are 30-21 on the road this season, including 4-1 in their past five road playoff games. New Jersey played much better in Game 2, peppering Jonathan Quick with nearly twice as many shots (33) as he faced in Game 1 (17). For a series that has been decided by two overtime games, this money line is way too hefty in favor of the Kings. Therefore, take the plus money and expect NEW JERSEY to make this a series with an all-important win in Game 3.

This three-star FoxSheets trend also likes the Devils to win:

NEW JERSEY is 20-8 ATS (71.4%, +28.3 Units) revenging a loss where team scored 1 or less goals this season. The average score was NEW JERSEY 3.1, OPPONENT 2.3 - (Rating = 3*).

Although the score has been 2-1 in both games, Saturday’s Game 2 was much more offensive-minded, as the teams combined for 65 shots, 23 more than they managed in Game 1. Ten different Devils put multiple shots on net, led by Patrik Elias and Zach Parise who had four shots on goal apiece. C Ryan Carter had the lone goal 2:59 into the third period, which was his third tally in the past four contests. For New Jersey to get back in this series, the power-play unit needs to step up. The Devils were 0-for-4 with the man-advantage on Saturday and are just 2-for-22 in the past six games. LW Ilya Kovalchuk leads the NHL with 18 playoff points (7 G, 11 A), but he has been held without a point in the Stanley Cup Finals, registering just three shots on goal. Parise is second on the team with 14 playoff points (7 G, 7 A), but he has zero points and a minus-4 rating in his past three contests. C Travis Zajac (7 G, 5 A) has zero points, four shots and a minus-3 rating in his past three games. New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur has had a strong series so far with 53 saves on 57 shots (.930 SV Pct). His 30 saves on Saturday earned him the game’s Third Star Award.

The Kings have trailed just twice in their past 10 playoff games, thanks to the heroics of goalie Jonathan Quick. He turned away 32 of the 33 shots he faced in Game 2, which increased his playoff save percentage to a robust .947, which is now .960 in the Stanley Cup Finals. Quick is 14-2 with a 1.44 GAA in the 2012 postseason, having not allowed more than three goals in any playoff game, and giving up one goal or fewer eight times. The Kings offense has been limited to four goals this series, and it has not been stellar at home in these playoffs either with just 11 goals in six games. Part of that is a non-existent power-play unit that has converted just 6-of-77 chances (7.8%) throughout the 2012 playoffs. Los Angeles is getting contributions from all of its lines in this postseason, but the top-three has been especially fantastic. Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar each have seven goals and nine assists, while linemate Justin Williams has a team-best 10 assists. Star defenseman Drew Doughty, who scored the first goal in Game 2, has been tremendous in the playoffs with 12 points (3 G, 9 A) and a +12 rating, logging a hefty 32:19 in Game 2. This increases his average ice time to 26:26 in the playoffs.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:23766 Followers:32
06/04/2012 02:49 PM

NHL
Dunkel

New Jersey at Los Angeles
The Kings look to build on their 8-1 record in their last 9 playoff games as a favorite. Los Angeles is the pick (-165) according to Dunkel, which has the Kings favored by 1/2 a goal. Dunkel Pick: Los Angeles (-165). Here are all of today's picks.

MONDAY, JUNE 4

Game 5-6: New Jersey at Los Angeles (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: New Jersey 12.499; Los Angeles 13.069
Dunkel Line & Total: Los Angeles by 1/2; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Los Angeles (-165); 4 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Los Angeles (-165); Over




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Long Sheet

Monday, June 4

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NEW JERSEY (60-33-0-9, 129 pts.) at LOS ANGELES (54-29-0-15, 123 pts.) - 6/4/2012, 8:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
LOS ANGELES is 4-2 (+1.5 Units) against the spread versus NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
LOS ANGELES is 4-2-0 straight up against NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
5 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+5.1 Units)

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NHL
Short Sheet

Monday, June 4, 2012

Stanley Cup Finals, Game Three (Los Angeles Leads, 2-0)
New Jersey at Los Angeles, 8:05 ET NBCSN
New Jersey: 15-5 Under in Stanley Cup Finals
Los Angeles: 10-2 SU when leading in a playoff series




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Armadillo's Write-Up

Monday, June 4

Devils @ Kings (2-0) - Devils are outside the eastern time zone since January, and on an airplane for first time since May 8. New Jersey has been behind in all three series, 2-1 to Rangers and Florida, 1-0 to Flyers, so they've been in this spot before, but not to a team this hot, and not by more than one game. West #8-seed Kings are on an amazing 14-2 playoff run; both losses came here at home. OT goals in first two games has Kings pencilled in as a team of destiny. Devils are 6-4 on road so far in playoffs. LA outshot New Jersey 11-3 in 13:42 of OT of Game 2, after having total of only 21 shots in regulation. Kings are 0-3 on power play so far in series, Devils 0-7. Five of Kings' last six games stayed under the total.




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Trend Report
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8:00 PM
NEW JERSEY vs. LOS ANGELES
New Jersey is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
New Jersey is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Los Angeles
Los Angeles is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 6 games


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Monday, June 4

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Cross-country trip won't do the Devils any favors
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For the first time since the seventh game on the schedule, the New Jersey Devils are flying to the Pacific Time zone.

New Jersey has been a bit of a homebody this season, venturing past the Rockies only once, on Oct. 25, to take a 3-0 road win against the Los Angeles Kings – the same team it travels to play in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday.

The Devils have been especially stingy on gas during the playoffs. Outside of four opening-round road games against the Florida Panthers, who reside in the Eastern Time zone, they’ve only had to make short jaunts to Philadelphia and New York in the last two rounds.

Outside of the early-season trip to Los Angeles, the Devils only ventured as far west as Edmonton, Calgary and Phoenix, all of which fall in the Mountain Time zone. They played the two other California clubs – Anaheim and San Jose – at home and also hosted the Vancouver Canucks in their only meeting this year.

New Jersey was 24-15-2-0 away from the Garden State this season (5-4 in the postseason) and went 10-6-2 against Western Conference opponents, including a 4-2-1 mark versus the Pacific Division. In the playoffs, New Jersey has played its best hockey later into a series, going 4-6 in Games 1-3 but 8-1 in Games 4-7.

The Devils dropped the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final, both in overtime, to Los Angeles. The Kings improved to 10-0 on the road this postseason with Saturday’s 2-1 OT victory and hold a 4-2 playoff record inside the Staples Center.

Oddsmakers opened New Jersey as a +140 road underdog for Monday’s Game 3, while Los Angeles sits as a -160 favorite. The Devils are 1-5 all-time in series after losing the opening two games.

The total for Game 3 is set at 4.5 goals.


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Long Sheet

Monday, June 4

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NEW JERSEY (60-33-0-9, 129 pts.) at LOS ANGELES (54-29-0-15, 123 pts.) - 6/4/2012, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
LOS ANGELES is 10-2 ATS (+7.9 Units) when leading in a playoff series this season.
LOS ANGELES is 34-25 ATS (-2.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
LOS ANGELES is 23-10 ATS (+11.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
NEW JERSEY is 60-41 ATS (+15.8 Units) in all games this season.
NEW JERSEY is 20-14 ATS (+35.6 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5 or less this season.
NEW JERSEY is 39-26 ATS (+9.5 Units) second half of the season this season.
NEW JERSEY is 28-17 ATS (+45.1 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
NEW JERSEY is 31-24 ATS (+58.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
NEW JERSEY is 20-15 ATS (+36.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
LOS ANGELES is 40-40 ATS (-21.3 Units) in home games second half of the season over the last 3 seasons.
LOS ANGELES is 49-76 ATS (-53.6 Units) in home games after a non-conference game since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
LOS ANGELES is 4-2 (+1.5 Units) against the spread versus NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
LOS ANGELES is 4-2-0 straight up against NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
5 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+5.1 Units)

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Monday, June 4

Game Score Status Pick Amount

New Jersey - 8:00 PM ET Los Angeles -157 500

Los Angeles - Under 4.5 500

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