NHL Betting News and Notes Saturday 6/2

NHL Betting News and Notes Saturday 6/2

Kings at Devils Game 2: What Bettors Need to Know
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Los Angeles Kings at New Jersey Devils (-110, 4.5)

THE STORY:
No team has been able to use home-ice advantage to subdue the Los Angeles Kings so far in the postseason. That includes the New Jersey Devils, who fought gamely but ultimately dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to the visiting Kings in the opening game of the Stanley Cup finals. Los Angeles will look to stretch its road record to 10-0 as it takes on the Devils in Saturday's Game 2. Anze Kopitar was the hero in the opener, scoring on a breakaway as the Kings improved to 13-2 in the playoffs.

ABOUT THE KINGS: Los Angeles has made it look easy throughout the postseason, but the players know they're going to get a difficult test from the upstart Devils. "They're a great team," said Kings winger Justin Williams. "They come at you hard. They don't give you any space. They've got a heck of a forecheck and a great goalie. We expect more of this throughout the series." Kopitar came into the series with a reputation for big goals and emerged as the X-factor in Game 1. The Slovenian star is red-hot, with six goals and six assists over his last nine games.

ABOUT THE DEVILS: New Jersey knows it will need more than one shot every four minutes to win its first Stanley Cup since 2003. The Devils managed just 17 shots on Kings netminder Jonathan Quick, and head coach Peter DeBoer said his team probably deserved to lose for that reason. "It would have been nice to get a bounce, but I don't believe we deserved to win," he said. "That's the bottom line. If we had won, we would have been sneaking one out." Zach Parise was a minus-two in defeat, but extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one shot on goal to 186.

TRENDS:

- Kings are 13-3 in their last 16 road games.
- Devils are 10-3 in their last 13 home games.
- Under is 5-0-1 in the last 6 meetings.

OVERTIME:

1. Los Angeles managed just 25 shots in the opener, its lowest total since a series-clinching win over St. Louis in Round 2.

2. Wednesday marked Brodeur's 200th career postseason game, making him the 20th NHL player to reach the plateau.

3. Kopitar led the Kings' forwards in ice time (22:01) and shots on goal (four).

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Kings (1-0) @ Devils --
New Jersey has been behind in all three series, 2-1 to Rangers and Florida, 1-0 to Flyers, so they've been in this spot before. West #8-seed Kings are on an amazing 13-2 playoff run, winning all nine games on road- they scored total of one goal in two losses. New Jersey has won the Stanley Cup three times; LA is making just second visit to Finals (lost 4-1 in '03 Final to Montreal, with three OT losses), but OT goal in Game 1 has people believing Kings are team of destiny. Total of only 42 shots on goal in Game 1, with Kings 0-1 on power play, Devils 0-3. Teams that don't play each other as often have less penalties, less pent-up hostilities built up over the years.

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LOS ANGELES (53-29-0-15, 121 pts.) at NEW JERSEY (60-33-0-8, 128 pts.)

Top Trends for this game.
LOS ANGELES is 9-16 ATS (-11.0 Units) on Saturday games this season.
NEW JERSEY is 60-40 ATS (+13.1 Units) in all games this season.
NEW JERSEY is 31-23 ATS (+2.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
NEW JERSEY is 20-14 ATS (+35.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
NEW JERSEY is 39-25 ATS (+6.4 Units) second half of the season this season.
NEW JERSEY is 28-16 ATS (+44.8 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
LOS ANGELES is 33-25 ATS (+5.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
LOS ANGELES is 22-10 ATS (+11.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
LOS ANGELES is 19-13 ATS (+5.8 Units) in road games second half of the season this season.
LOS ANGELES is 55-46 ATS (+111.7 Units) in road games when playing with 2 days rest since 1996.
LOS ANGELES is 9-2 ATS (+6.7 Units) when leading in a playoff series this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
LOS ANGELES is 3-2 (+0.5 Units) against the spread versus NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
LOS ANGELES is 3-2-0 straight up against NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
4 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+4.1 Units)


LOS ANGELES vs. NEW JERSEY

Los Angeles is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 5 games
New Jersey is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
New Jersey is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Los Angeles


Los Angeles at New Jersey
Los Angeles: 9-0 SU in playoff road games
New Jersey: 14-5 Over after scoring 1 goal or less

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