The battles on the Stanley Cup Finals odds begin on Wednesday, May 30th at the Prudential Center. Join us for our 2012 Stanley Cup Playoff Picks for the Game 1 clash between the New Jersey Devils and the Los Angeles Kings.
NHL Playoffs Matchup: #8 Los Angeles Kings @ #6 New Jersey Devils Game 1
Date: Wednesday, May 30th, 8:00 ET
NHL Playoffs Lines: New Jersey -110
History would tell you that the Kings could be running into some problems here, especially with all of the time off that they just had to get ready for this game. LA has been one of the hottest teams that we have ever seen here in the NHL playoffs, winning 12 of the 14 games that it has been called upon to play thus far. Jonathan Quick has been a beast in the pipes, and the rest of the offense is picking it up as well. New Jersey has won three straight coming into this game, and for our money, it has played a heck of a lot more impressive hockey in tight spots than have the Kings. The Devils are clearly overmatched in terms of talent in net with Martin Brodeur, but we have to remember that the 40-year old has been here before, though the most recent time was a decade ago. In the end, we think that Zach Parise and the gang are going to be out for blood right at the outset of this series, and we think that the Devils are going to be able to draw first blood when push comes to shove.
NHL Playoffs Free Pick: New Jersey Devils -110