LA is up 2 games to 0 in this series after winning both of their road games to open the Stanley Cup Finals. That makes it 4 series in a row where the LA Kings won the first two games of the series on the road. In fact they are 10-0 on the road in these playoffs after those overtime victories in New Jersey. Now the question is whether or not the Kings will be able to win a couple of games at home and sweep the Devils to win the Stanley Cup in dominant style and become the lowest seed to ever win the Cup.
The Kings have gone up 3-0 in all 3 of their previous series’ in these Stanley Cup Playoffs and have swept 1 of those series, while winning the other two on the road in 5 games. That being said the Devils have been a big comeback team in these playoffs and have a decent 6-4 road record themselves. The Devils have been behind in every series they have participated in in these 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs and they find themselves with their backs against the wall again.
If you’ve watched the games you would have to agree that the Kings have not dominated the Devils like they did the Canucks, Blues and Coyotes in the Western Conference Playoffs. Both games went to overtime and like most OT games they could have gone either way. Now the Kings are back at home where they are only 4-2 in these playoffs.
Based on the first two games of the series I don’t expect the Kings to win both of their home games. However, in order for the Devils to get a win they will need to get more than 1 goal past Jonathan Quick per game, which will not be an easy task. Volchenkov’s goal in game 1 was a complete fluke off of a Kings defender, while the Carter goal was a nice tip after the puck was thrown on net. These goals show that the Devils need to continue shooting and getting players to the front of the net to hope for the best. Quick is the best goalie in the world right now and he will be very hard to beat with a pretty goal.
The Devils have been here before and they believe in themselves after two games. They know what it’s going to take to defeat this amazing Kings team and they will at least get 1 win on the board in LA. I personally think the Kings will win this series in 5 games, while breaking the Devils record for most road wins in the playoffs and setting an impossible to break bar of 11-0 on the road in the playoffs. This Kings team has done something special in these playoffs and I think it will be even more special if they win on the road than if they take this series down with a sweep at home.
Look for the Kings to win this series, but the Devils to avoid the sweep.
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Written by: Niko de Jonge
It all comes down to game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The most important and most exciting game of the year. The Penguins were able to win all of their home games in this series, but they haven’t been able to win in Detroit and thanks to the home ice advantage the Red Wings won during the season, game 7 is back in the Motor City.
Detroit has been amazing at home dominating the 3 games with a combined 11-2 score. I don’t expect game 7 to be any different. Look for Detroit to come out strong with Datsyuk and Zetterberg leading the offense. Datsyuk had an awesome game 5 and 6 and will light it up in game 7. Osgood will be ready and he is a clutch goalie. If he wins this game you have to consider giving him the Conn Smythe.
For Pittsburgh to have a chance Malkin and Crosby need to get going again. The pair have been held pointless in the last two games and if this happens again the Wings will win easily. Fleury had a good game, now look for a bad game. He is just not clutch. Two silver medals for Team Canada at the World Juniors will tell you that.
Look for Detroit to win game 7 by a final score of 4-1 and Osgood to win the Conn Smythe trophy which he deserves.
The rematch has been set. It’s the defending Stanley Cup Champions Detroit Red Wings in a rematch with defending and present Eastern Conference Champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Last year the series took 6 games to decide, but the Wings never looked like they could lose. This year it’s basically the same Red Wings team against a slightly tweaked Penguins team. The series odds look like this:
Red Wings -155
The Red Wings are given a slight edge in this series by the bookies, but in my opinion their edge is actually much higher. The Wings stormed through the Hawks, even without Datsyuk and Lidstrom for a few games in the series. (Given Havlat and Khabibulin were also out and those 2 are huge parts of the Hawks team). A few Red Wings including Datsyuk, Holmstrom and even arguably Hossa are still waiting to play their best hockey and when better to play it than the Stanley Cup Finals. Look for Zetterberg to have another great series, as well as “The Mule” Franzen.
Pittsburgh is currently firing on all cylinders riding a 5 game winning streak into the finals and having both Crosby and Malkin finding their A games at the same time. A good reason for this might be that they were playing defensively challenged teams Washington and Carolina, and an injured Cam Ward. But you still have to give them credit, especially Malkin, for realy bringing it when it matters. In my hockey opinion this level of offense isn’t going to continue for them against Detroit. The Wings aren’t even that great a defensive team, but they will be able to shut down at least one line as long as Lidstrom is healthy. If the Penguins are going to win they will need an amazing performance from Fleury and both Crosby and Malkin to be firing on all cylinders for the duration of the finals. The Pens definitely have a better chance than last year, but they are just not good enough to dethrone the champs.
Bet on the Detroit Red Wings in this series.