2012 Stanley Cup Finals
- Updated: May 30, 2012
Sports Interaction betting analyst Frank Doyle makes his picks for the Stanley Cup Finals – and mentions a great competition where you can win an iPad on Sports Interaction’s Facebook page!
Very few people predicted this matchup in the Stanley Cup Finals when the playoffs started back in April. Pittsburgh, Philly, the Canucks and the Rangers were the contenders then, with Los Angeles and New Jersey longshots at 12/1 and 14/1 respectively.
And even as they kept on winning, people thought the next round would be the end for either of them. Sure, the Kings beat the Canucks, but Vancouver was one Sedin short. St Louis and Hitch will take care of ‘em. And then St Louis got swept and Chicago and Detroit were both gone and all of sudden the Kings’ crown turned to burnished gold.
Competition was tougher in the east, and the Devils’ first round series win over Florida got lost in the attention paid to the other three series, all of which were of surpassing excellence. But when New Jersey hammered the Flyers people sat up and took notice and now, all of a sudden, New Jersey is back in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in nine years and is a good value underdog bet to win its third Championship.
The Kings are the favorites to win this year’s Stanley Cup because being on the road doesn’t bother them in the slightest. They’ve gone for the kill in each of their playoff series so far, going 3-0 up before mopping up the survivors. They have the best goalie of the playoffs in Jonathan Quirk, and a free scoring offense filled with big men who aren’t afraid to put their weight about.
However. If Los Angeles loses Game 1, then it’s game on. If LA wins Game 1, chances are they’ll roll on to win the Kings’ first ever Stanley Cup. But momentum is a big thing in sports, and it can change over sixty minutes if the Devils are able to front up like the Canucks, Blues or Coyotes couldn’t.
Besides, it’s not as if this some bad New Jersey team. They measure up pretty well against the Kings, and it’s only that momentum that’s in the difference. If the Devils win Game 1, it’s game on in the Stanley Cup Finals.
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