The Los Angeles Kings are one win away from their first Stanley Cup title as they look to complete the sweep tonight, Wednesday June 6th, against the New Jersey Devils. Only three teams in NHL history have rebounded from 3-0 deficits. NHL oddsmakers have installed the Kings as -170 moneyline home favorites over the Devils (+160) 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 4 2012 NHL Playoff Odds before they drop the puck.
New Jersey’s (12-9, 6-5 V) Martin Brodeur gave up all four goals on 21 shots for the Devils, whose six failed power plays included a 5-on-3 opportunity in the first period. The Devils only have two goals on 72 shots in this series and if Quick can post another shutout to clinch the series in Game 4 then the Devils will tie the 1952 Montreal Canadiens for the fewest goals ever in a Cup Finals series.
Despite the struggles in this round, the Devils hope to play better tonight with their backs against the wall. “We will be a desperate team,” said Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk. “Our backs are against the wall. We can’t lose anymore. We are going to fight through the end, obviously. It’s never easy. We’re going to fight anyway [to the] last second.”
The Devils will be the team making changes heading into tonight’s contest. Henrik Tallinder and Petr Sykora will be in the lineup while Peter Harold and Jacob Josefson are out. Sykora has two goals and two assists in 15 playoff games this spring, but hasn’t played since Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the New York Rangers while Tallinder has been out since January with a blood clot in his leg.
Only three teams in NHL history have rebounded from 3-0 deficits to win a series and the only club to do it in the Cup Finals was the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, who rallied to defeat Detroit.
LA (15-2, 5-2 H) 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. Alec Martinez and Anze Kopitar scored in the second period and Jeff Carter and Justin Williams added power-play goals in the third for the Kings, who won their first-ever home game in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Jonathan Quick raised his playoff save percentage to .950 and lowered his goals-against average to 1.36, making his case to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoffs MVP if the Kings can pull it out. The numbers are even better than the sparkling stats that made him a Vezina Trophy finalist in the regular season.
The Bottom Line: The Kings will want to win this on home ice, and they will. 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 7-0-1 in the last 8 meetings.
Under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles.
Devils are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings.
Devils are 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss of 3 or more goals.
Devils are 8-1 in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest.
Kings are 9-1 in their last 10 playoff games as a favorite.
Kings are 5-1 in their last 6 games as a home favorite.
Kings are 22-5 in their last 27 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Kings are 13-3 in their last 16 games playing on 1 days rest.
Kings are 12-3 in their last 15 Wednesday games.
Kings are 4-1 in their last 5 home games.
Devils are 1-4 in their last 5 Stanley Cup Finals games.
New Jersey Devils vs Los Angeles Kings
When: Wednesday, June 6th@8:00 PM EST
Pick: Kings -170
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