NHL Betting News and Notes Wednesday 5/30

NHL Betting News and Notes Wednesday 5/30

Kings at Devils Game 1: What Bettors Need to Know
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Los Angeles Kings at New Jersey Devils (100, 4.5)

THE STORY:
In the parity-driven NHL, any team qualifying for the postseason has a chance at reaching the Stanley Cup championships - and this year's participants are living proof. The upstart New Jersey Devils look for their first Stanley Cup title in nearly a decade as they host the opening game of the best-of-seven Wednesday night against Los Angeles. The Kings haven't been to the finals since 1993 and are looking for their first championship in franchise history.

ABOUT THE KINGS: Los Angeles found itself in eighth place in the Western Conference after losing its regular-season finale to San Jose. Since then, the Kings have been the hottest team in the league, going 12-2 against top-seeded Vancouver, No. 2 St. Louis and No. 3 Phoenix to reach the championship round for the first time since Wayne Gretzky was the star of L.A. If the Kings prevail, they'll be the lowest-scoring team in history to raise the Stanley Cup - but that designation hasn't really applied since acquiring forward Jeff Carter from Columbus. Los Angeles averaged an extra 0.54 goals per game in the lineup, giving them a balanced offense to complement a solid defense and sensational goaltending from Jonathan Quick.

ABOUT THE DEVILS: Sixth-seeded New Jersey almost didn't make it out of the first round, needing seven games to dispatch the pesky Florida Panthers. A five-game romp over the Philadelphia Flyers and an impressive six-game triumph over the top-ranked New York Rangers has the Devils in position to capture their fourth Stanley cup championship, and first since 2003. Leading the way has been 40-year-old goaltender Martin Brodeur, who posted a 2.00 goals-against average and .927 save percentage in guiding the Devils past the favored Rangers. His next playoff game will be the 200th of his NHL career; only fellow netminder Patrick Roy (247) has appeared in more.

TRENDS:

- Kings are 8-0 in their last eight road games.
- The under is 20-7-1 in the Devils' last 28 vs. Western Conference.
- Kings are 21-7 in their last 28 overall.

OVERTIME:

1. New Jersey won both regular-season meetings, prevailing 2-1 in a shootout on Oct. 13 and blanking Los Angeles 3-0 just 12 days later.

2. The Devils ranked first in the NHL in penalty killing during the regular season but has struggled mightily in the playoffs, ranked 13th overall at 74.2 percent.

3. No team seeded lower than fifth has ever won the Stanley Cup. The No. 5 Devils were the lowest-ranked club to accomplish the feat in 1995.

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Game 1, Devils vs. Kings
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Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils Start Stanley Cup Finals

The Prudential Center in Newark, NJ will be the site of Wednesday, May 30th's NHL betting showdown between the Los Angeles Kings (52-29-15) and the New Jersey Devils (60-33-7). You'll be able to catch the puck drop on this one at 8:00 ET on NBC, CBC, and MSG.

Martin Brodeur is clearly one of the best goalies in the history of the NHL. He has 656 career wins in the regular season and another 111 in the playoffs. He has led the Devils to three Stanley Cups already in his career, though this is the first time in a decade that he has been at this highest level in the postseason.

In this series though, the NHL betting odds are insinuating that the better of these two goalies is Jonathan Quick. Now, it is clear that Quick is one of the best goalies in the game right now as a Vezina Trophy finalist, but he only had four wins in the playoffs before this year. This time around though, Quick has a .946 save percentage and a 1.54 GAA to go with his 12-2 record. In fact, Quick has allowed just two more goals in the whole playoffs this year than he did in the postseason last year.
   
Offensively, both of these teams have figured it out of late. The Devils beat the NHL betting lines against the New York Rangers by scoring 12 goals in the final three games of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Kings have scored so much of late that they have only allowed two or more consecutive goals on three instances in the entire postseason.

The Kings are the -175 favorites on the NHL betting futures in this series in spite of the fact that they are going to have to win at least one game on the road. They are clearly going to be the team that is backed more often to win this series, but in the end, we have to realize that the Devils won both of the games in this series this year. New Jersey is also 30-15-4 this year at the Prudential Center, and it isn't all that often that Brodeur is beaten at home in the postseason; especially in the Stanley Cup Finals. Buyers beware on the Western Conference champs for sure.

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NHL Preview

Kings @ Devils --
When LA lost 2-1 in this building way back on October 13, in third game of season, no one on this planet thought it was Finals preview, but it was. #8-seed Kings are on amazing 12-2 playoff run, winning all eight games on road- they scored total of one goal in the two losses. New Jersey has won the Stanley Cup three times; LA is making just second visit to Finals (lost 4-0 in '03 Final to Montreal, with three OT losses). Kings haven't played since Tuesday, eight days ago; Devils last played on Friday. Over is 5-3 in LA's playoff road games, 5-2-1 in New Jersey home games. Over is 6-4-4 in Game 1's in playoffs.

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LOS ANGELES (52-29-0-15, 119 pts.) at NEW JERSEY (60-33-0-7, 127 pts.)

Top Trends for this game.
NEW JERSEY is 60-39 ATS (+16.3 Units) in all games this season.
NEW JERSEY is 39-24 ATS (+7.6 Units) second half of the season this season.
NEW JERSEY is 23-11 ATS (+11.5 Units) after a division game this season.
NEW JERSEY is 31-22 ATS (+53.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
NEW JERSEY is 20-13 ATS (+34.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
LOS ANGELES is 21-10 ATS (+10.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
LOS ANGELES is 32-23 ATS (+56.4 Units) in road games second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
LOS ANGELES is 30-22 ATS (+57.6 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
NEW JERSEY is 2-2-0 straight up against LOS ANGELES over the last 3 seasons
3 of 3 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+3.1 Units)


LOS ANGELES vs. NEW JERSEY
Los Angeles is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 6 games
New Jersey is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Jersey's last 5 games


Los Angeles at New Jersey
Los Angeles: 6-14 SU off a win by 1 goal
New Jersey: 21-8 SU off a home win

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Streaks, Trends, Notes
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Stanley Cup 2012 Kings vs Devils

The sixth-seeded Devils reaching the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 2003 take on eight-seeded Los Angeles Kings in the finals for the first time since '1993.

Devils were 12-6 in dispatching Florida, Philadelphia, New York in the Eastern Conference split between 6-2 on home ice, 6-4 on the road. Lead by Ilya Kovalchuk (7G, 11A), Zach Parise (7G, 7A) the Devils averaged 2.83 goals/game and allowed 2.33 per contest. Brodeur who was between the pipes for all but 36 minutes heads to the finals with a 2.04 GAA, .923 SV%.

Los Angeles was 4-2 at home, 8-0 on foreign ice in defeating Western Conference top seeds Vancouver, St Louis and Phoenix. Dustin Brown (7G, 9A), Anze Kopitar (6G, 9A) lead the charges as Kings scored 2.92 per/game with net-minder Jonathan Quick posting a sparking 1.54 GAA and smart .946 SV%.

The teams played twice in the opening weeks of the season. Devils escaped with a 2-1 shootout win in New Jersey on October 13th and a 3-0 victory in Los Angeles on October 25th. The past three years the teams have split six meetings with the total staying 'Under' in four of the encounters (1-4-1 O/U).

Kings are -$1.15 road favorite for the opener on Wednesday with the total set at a 4.5. Other trends of interest: Kings are on an 18-5 stretch as a favorite but on a 1-4 skid vs an Eastern Conference opponent. Devils have an 8-2 streak playing a team with a winning record and enter 4-1 last five vs the Western Conference.

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