NHL Playoffs 2012: Are the New Jersey Devils Now the Favorite for the Cup?

May 8th, 2012 by Aaron McKinney Leave a reply »
Martin Brodeur is 40. His team is the most offensive (scoring) he's had. They are going against all expert picks. The team he started with has completed the 180-degree turn. Is this how it ends?

Honestly, can it end any other way? There are way too many "feel good" stories this year. The Capitals knock off the champs in seven. The Kings win twice quickly as an eighth seed. The Coyotes find their way to the conference championship while not having a home.

Brodeur will be compared to Ray Bourque with the Colorado Avalanche. I would make a hypothetical comparison. This is Brett Favre winning a Super Bowl with the Vikings two years ago, without the lofty expectations. 

Lets face it, Marty has nothing to prove. He's been to four cups and won three of them. Nobody has better stats in any category for a goalie than he does. A fourth win, however, would make him equal to Patrick Roy in cup wins, the only category he isn't equal to or better than the legend. 

The Devils won't get a freebie in the conference championship. The Rangers have been the most consistent team all year, and the Capitals are playing inspired. Even Alex Ovechkin is ...

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