The New Jersey Devils needed a timely goal from their standout rookie to extend the Stanley Cup finals. Now they’ll look to get a better effort from their veteran players as they entertain the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5 of the championship Saturday night. Adam Henrique’s tie-breaking goal late in the the period helped the Devils avoid the first Stanley Cup sweep since 1998. They will try to force a sixth game against a Kings team that hasn’t lost on the road in the postseason.
Kings Devils Betting
When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, June 9, 2012
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBCS, CBC, RDS
Opening Line: New Jersey Devils Money line: -110 Spread: -1.5 (+285) Total: 4.5 CLICK HERE to bet on the NHL Playoffs at BOVADA
Los Angeles Kings: As dominant as Los Angeles has been throughout the playoffs, something about wrapping up a series on home ice has been a major challenge. The Kings have had the opportunity to clinch a series at home in all four rounds, but have done so only once. That has hardly bothered head coach Darryl Sutter, who is incredulous at those who question his team’s ability to close out series. ”Unfortunately, we have some spoiled people that think that everyone wins 16 in a row or something,” he said shortly before the Kings boarded a plane bound for New Jersey. “(It’s) a little confusing to me.”
New Jersey Devils: New Jersey has never been swept in a best-of-seven series, but needed some late heroics to keep that streak intact. With two of the next three games, if necessary, taking place in the Garden State, Devils head coach Peter DeBoer believes his team has a shot at a comeback. ”We know every time we can win a game and chip away, the end goal gets a little closer,” he said. ”I know it is a cliche, but I think if we win on Saturday night this series really takes a turn.” The series has been closer than the 3-1 chasm suggests, with New Jersey coming within inches of scoring the winning goals in Games 1 and 2.
1. The Kings bring a 15-3 playoff record into Saturday’s showdown and have not lost consecutive games in the postseason.
2. The Devils are 0-for-15 with the man advantage in the series and haven’t scored a power-play goal in their last nine games against the Kings.
PREDICTION: Kings 2, Devils 1. CLICK HERE for 500 Handicappers Package FOR 5$