The Los Angeles Kings find themselves halfway to their first Stanley Cup championship as they host the New Jersey Devils tonight, Monday June 4th, for Game 3 of the Cup Final. The Devils are in a 0-2 hole, and nine of the 11 teams to lose the first two games of the Cup Finals at home have gone on to lose the series. NHL oddsmakers have installed the Kings as -155 moneyline home favorites over the Devils (+145) with the over/under set at 4.5 goals. Be sure to check the New Jersey Devils vs Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup Finals Game 3 2012 NHL Playoff Odds before they drop the puck.
New Jersey’s (12-8, 6-4 V) Ryan Carter supplied the lone goal for the Devils in Saturday’s loss, while Martin Brodeur stopped 30 shots. “It’s tough. But you can’t feel sorry for yourself,” said Devils head coach Peter DeBoer. “We played a much better game. I knew we would respond. We did it the right way. Came up one goal short.”
Coach DeBoer revealed he doesn’t plan on making any line changes before Game 3. “We’re not making a change based on the hole we’re in,” DeBoer said. “We’ll make a change if we feel there’s someone that can make us a better lineup for tonight. That’s what we’re making the decision on. Like I said, I thought our group played a good game last night.”
“It’s pretty much the same group that’s gotten it done all playoffs,” defenseman Andy Greene said. “We know the type of team we have and the way we play. Both games could’ve went either way, but they didn’t. We have to focus on getting a win tonight. We can’t focus on lineup changes. Our only focus is getting a win tonight and it doesn’t matter how or who’s in there.”
New Jersey has a 6-4 record on the road in this postseason, but has claimed five of its last seven as the guest.
LA (14-2, 4-2 H) got a pair of 2-1 overtime victories in New Jersey in the first two tilts of this best-of-seven series, marking the first time in 61 years that Games 1 and 2 of the Cup Finals were decided beyond regulation. Anze Kopitar recorded the OT winner on a breakaway in Game 1 and Jeff Carter ended Saturday’s second game with a superb individual effort. The Kings also received a spectacular goal by Drew Doughty in the first period. Jonathan Quick made 32 saves for the Kings, who also have won 12 in a row on the road in the playoffs dating back to last year in addition to claiming all 10 of their away games in this postseason. Both streaks are NHL records.
The Kings have insisted at every step that they need to get better, words that sounded like a script. After winning the first two games on the road in all four rounds and taking a 3-0 lead in each of their first three series they didn’t seem to have any holes.
But they’re again saying they need to improve, and not out of modesty’s sake. They’ve kept productive winger Ilya Kovalchuk scoreless but he had a chance to win Game 2 in regulation only to have his shot glance off the crossbar. And their power play still isn’t helping them. It was 0 for 3 in the first two games and is six for 77 (7.8%) overall. Capitalizing once in a while would alleviate some of the pressure heaped on goaltender Jonathan Quick. But the Kings’ primary concern is how to handle the Devils’ aggressive and cohesive forecheck. They’ve faced some good ones before but none so coordinated.
The Bottom Line: The Kings lost Game 3 to the Coyotes, but I think this time is for the Kings to shine. Want to dominate the books this season with some of the best NHL Picks Experts in the business? Then sign up right now and get NHL Picks Free!
Recent Trends to Consider:
Under is 6-0-1 in the last 7 meetings.
Under is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles.
Devils are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings.
Underdog is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
Devils are 1-4 in their last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Kings are 6-0 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
Kings are 8-1 in their last 9 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days.
Kings are 8-1 in their last 9 playoff games as a favorite.
Devils are 14-3 in their last 17 games playing on 1 days rest.
Devils are 4-1 in their last 5 road games.
Devils are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road underdog.
Devils are 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
New Jersey Devils vs Los Angeles Kings
When: Monday, June 4th@8:00 PM EST
Pick: Kings -155
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