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06/06/2012 06:20 PM

Late News For Kings & Devils Game 4

The 2011-2012 NHL season could be over in just a few hours with the Los Angeles Kings looking to sweep the New Jersey Devils and win the franchise’s first title.

We’re here with the late-breaking news for the 8:00 p.m. (ET) start from the West Coast. The odds are very interesting, with the Kings ranging from 170-190 favorites. The total is 4½.

Don Best Sports analyst Brian Blessing has been providing great tidbits of information since the beginning of the playoffs on April 11. That was almost two months ago and a bevy of upsets have left us with a No. 8 seed likely winning the Cup for the first time in history.

Blessing thinks it’s a huge leap of faith for the Devils to win tonight and send the series back to New Jersey. That’s despite the fact that Phoenix accomplished the feat down 3-0 to the Kings in the Western Conference Finals, plus Marty Brodeur and the rest of the Devils having a lot of pride to not get swept.

The one potential value play according to Blessing is the ‘over’ 4½-goals. He believes the Devils need to do something to change the momentum in the series and New Jersey could be going hell-bent to create offense. That would create odd-man rushes the other way for the Socal bunch.

Los Angeles +165 on the puck line, giving 1½-goals, is another interesting wager to think about.

If the Kings do get the win tonight, it will cap one of the greatest runs in Stanley Cup history. They will have gone 16-2 without a road loss, all as a No. 8 as mentioned above.

A Game 4 closeout for a sweep is always a tough win to get, but Los Angeles does have some confidence in the power play after going 2-for-2 on Monday (4-0 home win).

Forward Jeff Carter has also become a force with goals the last two games, including the game-winner in overtime in Game 2, a turning point in the series. Things would look a lot different if New Jersey could have taken one of the first two OT games at home.

The Kings have also gotten great leadership from the blue line, as well as offensive production from Drew Doughty. The penalty kill is working great and they may have the best goalie in the league in Jonathan Quick (1.36 GAA in the playoffs).

Los Angeles could be a team we’re talking about for a number of years going forward, but first it must take care of business tonight, sending all of Southern California’s hockey fans into a frenzy.

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06/06/2012 06:22 PM

Kings keep it cool with Cup in sight

June 5, 2012


EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - Their longest-suffering fans have been waiting 45 years. All but three or four players have been waiting their entire lives.

That's why it was both thrilling and exasperating for everybody around the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday to realize their chance to raise the Stanley Cup is maybe just 60 minutes away.

The Kings are dominating the NHL playoffs with an ease that's stranger than ice in sunny Southern California, taking a 3-0 lead in the finals into Game 4 on Wednesday against New Jersey.

A franchise that hasn't done much of anything is one win away from claiming its first championship in almost impossibly stylish fashion. The Kings' 15-2 postseason run has only one equal in NHL history, and the Devils appear to be stumped for solutions.

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06/06/2012 06:23 PM

Devils keep faith despite Cup deficit

June 5, 2012


EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - Although Martin Brodeur seems likely to return next season with the New Jersey Devils, the 40-year-old goalie also isn't convinced their current season is over just yet.

While Brodeur acknowledges the enormity of New Jersey's plight in the Stanley Cup finals, the three-time NHL champion has been in plenty of tight spots with teams playing a whole lot worse than the Devils, who must beat the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 on Wednesday night to avoid elimination.

``When you know you're playing well and the results aren't there, it's hard,'' Brodeur said after the Devils' brief practice Tuesday at the Kings' training complex. ``We've got these breaks along the way to get where we are, but even though we're working hard, we're not getting the breaks now.''

New Jersey faces the prospect of becoming the first team swept out of the Cup finals since 1998, but the Eastern Conference champions realize how close this series has been. Coach Peter DeBoer echoes Brodeur's feeling about New Jersey's 0-3 deficit to the Kings, who could win their franchise's first title on home ice in Game 4.

``I don't think we feel we deserve to be in the hole we're in,'' the first-year coach said. ``I think we played better than the situation indicates, but that's hockey. We have to persevere here and stick with it and find a solution.''

The franchise that began its existence as the Kansas City Scouts in 1974 realizes navigating a way out of this wilderness will be tough.

New Jersey must attempt to become the fourth team in NHL history to escape an 0-3 playoff series deficit. Only the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs have done it in the Stanley Cup finals.

The Devils' seemingly charmed opponents are on a 15-2 playoff run with 17 goal-scorers in front of stalwart Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who has outplayed Brodeur - but not by much. New Jersey has scored just two goals on 72 shots during nearly 202 minutes of play in three Stanley Cup finals games.

``Everything they touch turns to gold,'' Brodeur said.

The Devils were shut out in Game 3 despite getting six power plays, but they also were shut out twice in the first three games of the Eastern Conference finals before rallying to advance. New Jersey has ample scoring power in its lineup, and the Devils' top forwards remain convinced they can start a tide of offense with a few breakthrough goals.

``If you look too far ahead, it's a pretty high mountain to climb,'' said Patrik Elias, the franchise scoring leader and a two-time champion. ``But we feel like we were in it for most of these games. It's just a matter of us scoring, and hopefully we'll get some luck, get poised, and have more opportunities.''

With the perspective of experience, Brodeur can't get overly negative about the Devils' plight in Los Angeles. He's too proud of what the sixth-seeded Devils accomplished just to get back here: knocking off Florida, Philadelphia and the Rangers in a stirring playoff run for a team that missed the postseason last spring for the first time since 1996.

``That was probably the worst season I had last year,'' Brodeur said. ``To hope that we would accomplish what we did this year would have been a little far-fetched. I didn't expect that for sure at the start of the season. It's not fun to be where we are now, but I'm enjoying the experience of being back here.''

Brodeur tried to avoid getting reflective about the past or his future during a busy media session. The 21-year veteran said he hasn't decided whether he'll be back with the Devils, but every sign indicates Wednesday is unlikely to be the last time in a Devils uniform for the winningest goalie in NHL history.

``I feel real good body-wise,'' Brodeur said. ``It's maybe the best since '95. I don't have any time to have wear and tear. ... I think we just need something to happen, regardless of what it is: a big hit, a big goal, a weak goal. They've been doing it on their side, finding a way to win. We have to do the same thing.''

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06/06/2012 06:25 PM

L.A. looks to capture 1st Stanley Cup Wednesday

2012 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
No. 6 NEW JERSEY DEVILS

at No. 8 LOS ANGELES KINGS


Stanley Cup Finals
Game 4 - Los Angeles leads series 3-0
Puck Drops: Wednesday, 8:05 p.m. ET
Line: Los Angeles -185, New Jersey +160, Total: 4½


The Kings look to cap off one of the most dominant postseason runs in NHL history and win the first Stanley Cup in franchise history when they host the Devils for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday night.

For the fourth straight series in the 2012 playoffs, L.A. has taken a commanding 3-0 series lead. The Kings put together arguably their best game of the playoffs in Game 3, blanking the Devils 4-0 in front of a raucous Staples Center crowd on Monday. As the Western Conference’s No. 8 seed, Los Angeles is now 15-2 in the postseason, and a win on Wednesday would tie them with Wayne Gretzky’s 1988 Edmonton Oilers for the best postseason record in NHL history. As dominant as the Kings have been in the playoffs, both of their losses came in Game 4s, where they were unable to close out the Canucks (first round) and Coyotes (third round) on home ice after winning each of the first three games. Something about this series feels different though. The Devils played very well in Games 1 and 2, but left New Jersey down 2-0 after a pair of heartbreaking overtime defeats. A couple of lucky bounces for Jersey in those overtimes and this is a totally different series, but the Devils looked tired and defeated after giving up the first goal in Game 3, eventually unraveling as the contest wore on. The Kings have imposed their physical will on a fatigued Devils team—keep in mind, L.A. has played only 17 games all postseason long while the Devils had already played 18 before this series even began. Interestingly, the past four Stanley Cup winners have closed out the series on the road—and while that would certainly be a fitting ending for the Kings (perfect 10-0 on the road in the playoffs)—it would be even more special to finally close out a series in front of the home crowd. With the Devils reeling, unable to create any solid scoring chances, take LOS ANGELES to win again and capture the Stanley Cup.

This four-starFoxSheets trend also likes the Kings to win:

LOS ANGELES is 15-3 ATS (83.3%, +11.5 Units) against good power-play killing teams – opp. score on <14.5% of chances in the 2nd half of the year this season. The average score was LOS ANGELES 2.8, OPPONENT 1.5 - (Rating = 4*).

After scoring 12 goals in the final three games of the Eastern Conference Finals to close out the Rangers, New Jersey has struggled mightily to generate scoring chances in this series. The Devils have scored just two goals in three games, averaging just 24 shots on goal per game—well below their playoff average of 30.4 entering this series. Credit the Kings’ defense for keeping New Jersey’s big guns in check—Zach Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk and Travis Zajac have not registered a point in this series. New Jersey is 0-for-12 with the man advantage in Cup Finals, while L.A. ended an 0-for-18 PP drought by scoring on both of its power play chances in Game 3.

One could hardly blame Martin Brodeur for the Devils’ misfortunes—the 40-year-old netminder has done a tremendous job keeping his team in games with no goal support to speak of. Brodeur stopped 53 of 57 shots faced in Games 1 and 2, and despite giving up four goals on Monday night, none could be blamed entirely on him—defensive breakdowns and relentless crease crashing by the Kings played a big part. Barring an unprecedented comeback, it looks as though Brodeur’s quest for a fourth Stanley Cup will fall short.

Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick (15-2, 1.36 GAA, .950 SV Pct.) continued to dazzle in Game 3, turning aside all 22 shots he faced for his third shutout of the playoffs. The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for the Conn Smythe Award, and will become the second straight goalie to win the award for Playoff MVP (Tim Thomas in 2011).

Los Angeles looked dead in the water in Game 2—after allowing the Devils to tie the game early in the third period, New Jersey controlled the pace of play well into the overtime period before Jeff Carter shocked the home crowd with a terrific individual effort to score the game-winner. Like the Canucks, Blues and Coyotes before them, the Devils have simply had no answer for Los Angeles’s top line of Anze Kopitar, Justin Williams and Dustin Brown. The trio has combined for three goals and four assists in the Finals, including Kopitar’s game-winning breakaway tally in overtime of Game 1.

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06/06/2012 06:26 PM

NHL
Dunkel

New Jersey at Los Angeles
The Kings look to build on their 13-3 record in their last 16 games when playing with 1 days rest. Los Angeles is the pick (-180) according to Dunkel, which has the Kings favored by 1 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Los Angeles (-180). Here are all of today's picks.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6

Game 7-8: New Jersey at Los Angeles (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: New Jersey 12.118; Los Angeles 13.450
Dunkel Line & Total: Los Angeles by 1 1/2; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Los Angeles (-180); 4 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Los Angeles (-180); Over




NHL
Long Sheet

Wednesday, June 6

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NEW JERSEY (60-34-0-9, 129 pts.) at LOS ANGELES (55-29-0-15, 125 pts.) - 6/6/2012, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
LOS ANGELES is 35-25 ATS (-1.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
LOS ANGELES is 24-10 ATS (+12.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
LOS ANGELES is 11-2 ATS (+8.6 Units) when leading in a playoff series this season.
NEW JERSEY is 60-42 ATS (+14.8 Units) in all games this season.
NEW JERSEY is 16-9 ATS (+6.2 Units) after a loss by 2 goals or more in their previous game this season.
NEW JERSEY is 31-25 ATS (+59.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
NEW JERSEY is 32-24 ATS (+7.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 20-15 ATS (+36.8 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5 or less this season.
NEW JERSEY is 39-27 ATS (+8.5 Units) second half of the season this season.
NEW JERSEY is 28-18 ATS (+46.2 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
LOS ANGELES is 50-76 ATS (-52.6 Units) in home games after a non-conference game since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
LOS ANGELES is 5-2 (+2.5 Units) against the spread versus NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
LOS ANGELES is 5-2-0 straight up against NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
6 of 6 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+6.1 Units)

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NHL
Short Sheet

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Stanley Cup Finals, Game Four (Los Angeles Leads, 3-0)
New Jersey at Los Angeles, 8:05 ET NBCSN
New Jersey: 8-1 Under revenging a road loss by 4+ goals
Los Angeles: 11-2 SU when leading in a playoff series




NHL
Armadillo's Write-Up

Wednesday, June 6

Devils @ Kings (3-0) - West #8-seed Kings are on an amazing 15-2 playoff run, 5-2 here at Staples, where they can hoist the Stanley Cup tonight for first time in their 45 years of existence. OT goals in first two games had Kings pencilled in as a team of destiny, then they smoked NJ 4-0 in Game 3, scoring power play goals the only two times they had man advantage. Devils are 6-5 on road so far in playoffs. Kings are 2-5 on power play so far in series, Devils 0-13. Six of last seven King games stayed under the total.

Only time a team rallied from down 3-0 to win Finals series was Toronto back in the early 40's; nothing is impossible, but the Kings are on a serious roll. Just seems like this is their time to celebrate.




NHL

Wednesday, June 6

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Trend Report
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8:20 PM
NEW JERSEY vs. LOS ANGELES
New Jersey is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Los Angeles
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Jersey's last 6 games on the road
Los Angeles is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Los Angeles's last 7 games


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NHL

Wednesday, June 6

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Devils at Kings Game 4: What bettors need to know
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New Jersey Devils at Los Angeles Kings (-180, 4.5)

THE STORY: The Los Angeles Kings are a win away from their first Stanley Cup title - and they'll have the Staples Center crowd on their side as they look to complete the sweep Wednesday against the New Jersey Devils. The Kings are coming off what may have been their best game of the postseason, a 4-0 victory highlighted by Jonathan Quick's third shutout of the playoffs. The young netminder is considered the odds-on favorite to take home the Conn Smythe Trophy if the Kings finish off the Devils in Game 4.

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

ABOUT THE DEVILS: Nothing is going right for New Jersey, which now needs to post four consecutive victories against one of the most dominant teams in playoff history. Even veteran netminder Martin Brodeur, who appeared to have turned back the clock in the first three series but stopped just 17 of 21 shots in Game 3. The Devils had their chances to generate offense in Monday's defeat, but finished 0-for-6 on the power play. That included a stretch of 5-on-3 hockey that lasted more than a minute. "We've got to win four straight," said Devils forward Zach Parise. "That's our approach. Win the next one. That's all we can do."

ABOUT THE KINGS: Los Angeles has taken a level-headed approach to the postseason, and being a game away from the most coveted award in pro hockey hasn't changed anything. "We can't take anything for granted," said Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. "It could have been two-nothing for them before (Game 3)." Special teams was the difference Monday night, as the Kings killed off all six New Jersey man advantage opportunities while going 2-for-2 on the power play. The second statistic is more notable, given that Los Angeles had gone five games without scoring a man-advantage goal.

TRENDS:

- Kings are 9-1 in their last 10 playoff games as a favorite.
- Under is 7-0-1 in the last eight meetings.
- Under is 3-0-1 in the Devils' last four overall.

OVERTIME:

1. The Kings are the first team to take a 3-0 lead in each series since the playoffs expanded to four best-of-seven rounds.

2. The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team in NHL history to rally from a 3-0 deficit to win the Stanley Cup.

3. A win in any of the next four games would make Los Angeles the first No. 8 seed to capture a Stanley Cup title


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cnotes Posts:25787 Followers:33
06/06/2012 06:28 PM

NHL

Wednesday, June 6

Game Score Status Pick Amount

New Jersey - 8:00 PM ET Los Angeles -175 500

Los Angeles - Under 5 500

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06/09/2012 12:57 PM

NHL
Dunkel

Los Angeles at New Jersey
The Kings look to build on their 6-0 record in their last 6 games as a road underdog. Los Angeles is the pick (-105) according to Dunkel, which has the Kings favored by 1 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Los Angeles (-105). Here are all of today's picks.

SATURDAY, JUNE 9

Game 9-10: Los Angeles at New Jersey (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Los Angeles 13.617; New Jersey 11.951
Dunkel Line & Total: Los Angeles by 1 1/2; 3 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: New Jersey (-115); 4 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Los Angeles (-105); Under




NHL
Long Sheet

Saturday, June 9

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LOS ANGELES (55-30-0-15, 125 pts.) at NEW JERSEY (61-34-0-9, 131 pts.) - 6/9/2012, 8:20 PM
Top Trends for this game.
LOS ANGELES is 10-16 ATS (-9.8 Units) on Saturday games this season.
NEW JERSEY is 61-42 ATS (+14.7 Units) in all games this season.
NEW JERSEY is 40-27 ATS (+4.8 Units) second half of the season this season.
NEW JERSEY is 32-16 ATS (+13.6 Units) after 3 or more consecutive unders over the last 3 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 20-9 ATS (+10.8 Units) after a win by 2 goals or more this season.
NEW JERSEY is 32-25 ATS (+6.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
NEW JERSEY is 21-16 ATS (+39.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
LOS ANGELES is 20-13 ATS (+6.8 Units) in road games second half of the season this season.
LOS ANGELES is 56-46 ATS (+112.6 Units) in road games when playing with 2 days rest since 1996.
LOS ANGELES is 11-3 ATS (+7.3 Units) when leading in a playoff series this season.
LOS ANGELES is 23-12 ATS (+35.1 Units) in road games after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game over the last 3 seasons.
LOS ANGELES is 35-26 ATS (+5.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
LOS ANGELES is 24-11 ATS (+11.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
NEW JERSEY is 5-12 ATS (-12.8 Units) in home games on Saturday games over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
LOS ANGELES is 5-3 (+0.7 Units) against the spread versus NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
LOS ANGELES is 5-3-0 straight up against NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
7 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+7.1 Units)

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NHL
Short Sheet

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Stanley Cup Finals, Game Five (Los Angeles Leads, 3-1)
Los Angeles at New Jersey, 8:05 ET NBC
Los Angeles: 11-3 SU when leading in a playoff series
New Jersey: 17-5 Under in the Stanley Cup Finals




NHL
Armadillo's Write-Up

Saturday, June 9

Kings (3-1) @ Devils—LA is 15-3 in these playoffs, 1-3 in Game 4’s, 14-0 in all other games; they won 4-3 in OT, 2-1 in OT in game 5’s following their previous two playoff losses. Kings are an amazing 10-0 on road in playoffs, outscoring foes 30-13. That said, Devils have new life after scoring with 4:31 left to win Game 4, and keep season alive. New Jersey is just 5-4 at home in playoffs, losing both games in this series in OT. Kings are 3-9 on power play so far in series, Devils 0-16. Seven of last eight LA games stayed under the total.




NHL

Saturday, June 9

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8:20 PM
LOS ANGELES vs. NEW JERSEY
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 5 games when playing on the road against New Jersey
Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against New Jersey
New Jersey is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games at home
New Jersey is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Los Angeles


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NHL

Saturday, June 9

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Hockey Night In Canada: Kings at Devils Game 5
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Los Angeles Kings at New Jersey Devils (-111, 4.5)

(Kings lead series, 3-1)

When New Jersey forward Adam Henrique deposited a wrister past Jonathan Quick in the third period on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, the pending party in what they’re calling “Hockeywood” was put on hold. Where this series goes from here, is anyone’s guess, but one thing is for sure. This is the last Saturday night special of the season.

Driven DeBoer

The Devils have a long way to go, and history says they won’t come back from an 0-3 hole, but don't tell coach Peter DeBoer that. After all, the first-year leader who orchestrated upsets of the team’s two biggest rivals -- the Flyers and Rangers -- has built up some bravado this postseason.

Although New Jersey is already 0-2 at home in the Finals, DeBoer believes the best is yet to come for his Devils. “I really believe it's easy,” he said Friday. “We know every time we can win a game and chip away, that goal gets a little closer. I know it's a cliché, but I think we win Saturday night, the series maybe takes a turn.”

Maybe he’s onto something. After all, New Jersey dictated large pockets of play in the first two home games and lost both in overtime. Now, after a third period in which the Devils scored three goals to win Game 4 in Los Angeles, maybe there’s a little confidence in the locker room.

“We don't know what they are saying in their locker room or anything,” New Jersey captain Zach Parise said. “But in our minds, we hope.” It would help, of course, if Parise got on the scoreboard. Though he has 12 shots on net, he’s yet to register a point against the Kings.

Kings of the power play

Los Angeles played well in Game 4, and may have deserved a better fate than a 3-1 loss. But as the Kings searched for positives on the six-hour flight back to Newark, it could certainly begin with the power play. Drew Doughty beat Martin Brodeur from the point with the man advantage in the third period on Wednesday night, continuing the power play's surge.

“Our power play has moved around pretty good,” Los Angeles forward Justin Williams said. “We had ample opportunities to score. The power play's going well.” The Kings actually have nine postseason power-play goals.

Of course, New Jersey was the league’s top penalty-killing unit in the regular season this year. If the Devils ever find their groove again with a man down, the Kings’ success might reach an end in a hurry.

Just not himself

New Jersey forward Ilya Kovalchuk scored an empty netter on Wednesday to finally dent the scoresheet in the Finals, but it’s clear he’s not himself. Bruised and battered throughout the postseason, Kovalchuk is still bothered by a back issue.

Kovalchuk is coming off his best game of the series. In addition to the goal, he finished with four shots, just one fewer than he had in all of the first three games combined. He’s still not grinding it out like he has most of the season -- he only has two hits all series -- but he’s getting there.

“It's important for players' confidence,” Parise said of Kovalchuk’s empty netter. “Of course, whether it's an empty net or the goalie is in there, it's important for a player to get on the board and just feel better. For us, that's going to go a long way when he's feeling good about his game.”

Looking at the lineups

Kings coach Darryl Sutter is likely to keep his standard-fare lineup and not make any changes for Game 5. DeBoer, who inserted defenseman Henrik Tallinder and forward Petr Sykora for Game 4, is likely to use both players again, in place of Peter Harrold and Jacob Josefson, respectively.

History

The Kings are 10-0 away from Staples Center this postseason, and are 2-0 in Game 5s when having lost Game 4 at home with a chance to end a series this spring. Los Angeles won at Phoenix and Vancouver in closeout Game 5s. The Devils have won 10 of their last 14 home games, but have lost two in a row in Newark. The under is a perfect 4-0 this series.

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06/09/2012 01:25 PM

GL.

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06/09/2012 03:26 PM

G/L Note

cnotes Posts:25787 Followers:33
06/09/2012 05:40 PM

Kings Small Underdogs At New Jersey Devils

The Los Angeles Kings have a second chance to end the Stanley Cup Finals, but will have to do so as small ‘dogs at the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.

Game 5 will see the puck drop at 8:00 p.m. (ET) from the Prudential Center. The Devils are 115 favorites on the Don Best odds screen, with the total at 4½-goals.

The Devils staved off a sweep in Game 4 with a 3-1 win in Southern California. They don’t want the Kings celebrating a title on their ice and another victory would make things very interesting and set up a 3,000 mile trek back across the country for Game 6 on Monday.

New Jersey made an adjustment last game by shooting when they had the opportunity and not overpassing. Goaltender Jonathan Quick was clearly in New Jersey’s head the first three games (two total goals), but showed he could be beat on Wednesday with three goals alone in the third period.

Coach Peter DeBoer’s players did a good job getting to the front of the net. Quick is not going to be beat often with tic-tac-toe plays. The puck needs to get to the net, bang some bodies and get in Quick’s grill. A rebound goal by New Jersey’s Patrik Elias gave the team a 1-0 lead and quieted the raucous crowd.

Resiliency has been a big part of the Devils postseason after trailing at one point in all three previous series. That resiliency showed again last game by surrendering that 1-0 lead after a questionable penalty, but having the fortitude to win even with the Kings’ fans going crazy and thinking title.

Don Best Sports analyst Brian Blessing says the Devils aren’t dead yet in this series even if the odds are stacked against them. Only three teams in NHL history have come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a 7-game series. One of those came in the Finals (1942 Maple Leafs).

The beauty of hockey is that the goalie is the great equalizer. Quick has been a world-beater, while Marty Brodeur has just been very good. If Brodeur can be at the same level as Quick on Saturday, then New Jersey has a good chance to extend the series.

The Kings have yet to lose away in these playoffs (a record-breaking 10-0) and they’re not pushing any panic buttons just yet. However, another loss in Game 5 would change both of those factors and make things extremely exciting from here.

If the Devils can pull off the victory on Saturday, Game 6 would be played Monday night back at LA's Staples Center. As always, stay a step ahead of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and all sports with the Don Best Pro Odds.

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