Stanley Cup Finals 2012: Los Angeles Kings vs. New Jersey Devils Betting Preview

May 29th, 2012 by Doug Upstone Leave a reply »

(6)  New Jersey vs. (8) Los Angeles

How in the world did we end up with these two teams playing for the Stanley Cup? The formula is simple. Each club has four dependable lines that keep the pressure on defenses, who work the corners with physical play, scrape out the puck to give their team a chance to work to the front of the goal for quality scoring chances.

Both defenses try to keep their opponents in front of them to block shot attempts and when this does occasionally break down, the goaltenders are at the ready to stop the black rubber cylinder. This should be a lot of fun.


New Jersey offense vs. Los Angeles defense

While Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk are the leaders of the offense, they hardly do it alone for New Jersey. Of the Devils' 32 goals scored in the postseason, 18 have come from other players up and down the roster. This has distracted opponents from just keeping their eyes on the two leading scorers, and allowed coach Peter BeBoer to keep the heat on the opposing defense with every foray into the offensive zone.

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