NHL Betting News and Notes Saturday 6/9

NHL Betting News and Notes Saturday 6/9

Hockey Night In Canada: Kings at Devils Game 5
By Bill McBride
Covers.com

Los Angeles Kings at New Jersey Devils (-111, 4.5)

(Kings lead series, 3-1)

When New Jersey forward Adam Henrique deposited a wrister past Jonathan Quick in the third period on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, the pending party in what they’re calling “Hockeywood” was put on hold. Where this series goes from here, is anyone’s guess, but one thing is for sure. This is the last Saturday night special of the season.

Driven DeBoer

The Devils have a long way to go, and history says they won’t come back from an 0-3 hole, but don't tell coach Peter DeBoer that. After all, the first-year leader who orchestrated upsets of the team’s two biggest rivals -- the Flyers and Rangers -- has built up some bravado this postseason.

Although New Jersey is already 0-2 at home in the Finals, DeBoer believes the best is yet to come for his Devils. “I really believe it's easy,” he said Friday. “We know every time we can win a game and chip away, that goal gets a little closer. I know it's a cliché, but I think we win Saturday night, the series maybe takes a turn.”

Maybe he’s onto something. After all, New Jersey dictated large pockets of play in the first two home games and lost both in overtime. Now, after a third period in which the Devils scored three goals to win Game 4 in Los Angeles, maybe there’s a little confidence in the locker room.

“We don't know what they are saying in their locker room or anything,” New Jersey captain Zach Parise said. “But in our minds, we hope.” It would help, of course, if Parise got on the scoreboard. Though he has 12 shots on net, he’s yet to register a point against the Kings.

Kings of the power play

Los Angeles played well in Game 4, and may have deserved a better fate than a 3-1 loss. But as the Kings searched for positives on the six-hour flight back to Newark, it could certainly begin with the power play. Drew Doughty beat Martin Brodeur from the point with the man advantage in the third period on Wednesday night, continuing the power play's surge.

“Our power play has moved around pretty good,” Los Angeles forward Justin Williams said. “We had ample opportunities to score. The power play's going well.” The Kings actually have nine postseason power-play goals.

Of course, New Jersey was the league’s top penalty-killing unit in the regular season this year. If the Devils ever find their groove again with a man down, the Kings’ success might reach an end in a hurry.

Just not himself

New Jersey forward Ilya Kovalchuk scored an empty netter on Wednesday to finally dent the scoresheet in the Finals, but it’s clear he’s not himself. Bruised and battered throughout the postseason, Kovalchuk is still bothered by a back issue.

Kovalchuk is coming off his best game of the series. In addition to the goal, he finished with four shots, just one fewer than he had in all of the first three games combined. He’s still not grinding it out like he has most of the season -- he only has two hits all series -- but he’s getting there.

“It's important for players' confidence,” Parise said of Kovalchuk’s empty netter. “Of course, whether it's an empty net or the goalie is in there, it's important for a player to get on the board and just feel better. For us, that's going to go a long way when he's feeling good about his game.”

Looking at the lineups

Kings coach Darryl Sutter is likely to keep his standard-fare lineup and not make any changes for Game 5. DeBoer, who inserted defenseman Henrik Tallinder and forward Petr Sykora for Game 4, is likely to use both players again, in place of Peter Harrold and Jacob Josefson, respectively.

History

The Kings are 10-0 away from Staples Center this postseason, and are 2-0 in Game 5s when having lost Game 4 at home with a chance to end a series this spring. Los Angeles won at Phoenix and Vancouver in closeout Game 5s. The Devils have won 10 of their last 14 home games, but have lost two in a row in Newark. The under is a perfect 4-0 this series.

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Kings (3-1) @ Devils --
LA is 15-3 in these playoffs, 1-3 in Game 4’s, 14-0 in all other games; they won 4-3 in OT, 2-1 in OT in game 5’s following their previous two playoff losses. Kings are an amazing 10-0 on road in playoffs, outscoring foes 30-13. That said, Devils have new life after scoring with 4:31 left to win Game 4, and keep season alive. New Jersey is just 5-4 at home in playoffs, losing both games in this series in OT. Kings are 3-9 on power play so far in series, Devils 0-16. Seven of last eight LA games stayed under the total.

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NHL: Streak, Tips, Notes
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The 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals have been extended by an extra game. The big question, however, is if the New Jersey Devils can extend it one more against the Los Angeles Kings.

Why Los Angeles Will Win

When you place a bet on an NHL playoff game after looking at any of several betting sites, you have to look at which team is able to ultimately assert its superiority in the latter stages of a best-of-seven series. Los Angeles has been really consistent throughout the playoffs and has shown that whenever it gets taken to a Game 5 situation on the road, it always pulls through. Los Angeles puts down the hammer when up 3-1 and forced to make one more plane flight; the Kings are 15-3 in the playoffs and have taken a 3-0 lead in all three of their playoff series to this point in time. In the first round of the playoffs, Los Angeles lost Game 4 against Vancouver but then finished off the Canucks in Game 5 in Canada. Los Angeles lost Game 4 at home against Phoenix but eliminated the Coyotes in Arizona in Game 5. Now, the Kings can do the same thing to lift Lord Stanley's Cup.

Los Angeles is 10-0 on the road in this postseason, something that's never been done before in the history of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Kings are also 4-0 in road overtime games, having won on the road in OT to clinch the Western Conference championship and then win Games 1 and 2 of this series against the New Jersey Devils. Los Angeles head coach Darryl Sutter has sold his players on a defense-first style that has thoroughly baffled the New Jersey power play, killing off the last 20 New Jersey 5-on-4s and even snuffing out a 5-on-3 from the Devils in Game 3 of this series on Monday night in the City of Angels.

The Kings' offense has flourished in only one game of this series, but the eighth seed from the West has been able to block shots and confound the Devils' big scorers – Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise – throughout the Stanley Cup Finals. Most important of all is the fact that Los Angeles is getting top-shelf play from goaltender Jonathan Quick, who is clearly the favorite for the Conn Smythe Trophy (NHL playoff MVP) at this point in time. It would be very hard to pick against the Kings here, especially since a road game is what they like the most.

Why New Jersey Will Win

When you place a bet on an NHL playoff game, you can look at some trends while downgrading others, and in the case of the New Jersey Devils, the trend that needs to be looked at is the fact that the Devils have allowed more than one regulation-time goal to the Kings in only one game of this series, Game 3. In three of the first four games, the Kings have scored only one goal in 60 minutes of hockey. The Devils have not been losing most territorial battles; their power play has been horrible – and that's the difference in the series – but their penalty kill has been strong and their 5-on-5 game has been very solid. They just haven't been able to put enough pucks in net. As long as New Jersey keeps working hard, it can overtake the Kings and push this series a little longer.

Who Will Win?

While New Jersey is still competing hard and well, this is Los Angeles' game to lose. The Kings are in a zone right now. Everything they touch turns to hockey gold. Los Angeles will move its road playoff record to 11-0 and win its first Stanley Cup championship.

Pick: Los Angeles Kings

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LOS ANGELES (55-30-0-15, 125 pts.) at NEW JERSEY (61-34-0-9, 131 pts.)

Top Trends for this game.
LOS ANGELES is 10-16 ATS (-9.8 Units) on Saturday games this season.
NEW JERSEY is 61-42 ATS (+14.7 Units) in all games this season.
NEW JERSEY is 40-27 ATS (+4.8 Units) second half of the season this season.
NEW JERSEY is 32-16 ATS (+13.6 Units) after 3 or more consecutive unders over the last 3 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 20-9 ATS (+10.8 Units) after a win by 2 goals or more this season.
NEW JERSEY is 32-25 ATS (+6.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
NEW JERSEY is 21-16 ATS (+39.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
LOS ANGELES is 20-13 ATS (+6.8 Units) in road games second half of the season this season.
LOS ANGELES is 56-46 ATS (+112.6 Units) in road games when playing with 2 days rest since 1996.
LOS ANGELES is 11-3 ATS (+7.3 Units) when leading in a playoff series this season.
LOS ANGELES is 23-12 ATS (+35.1 Units) in road games after scoring 1 goal or less in their previous game over the last 3 seasons.
LOS ANGELES is 35-26 ATS (+5.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
LOS ANGELES is 24-11 ATS (+11.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season this season.
NEW JERSEY is 5-12 ATS (-12.8 Units) in home games on Saturday games over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
LOS ANGELES is 5-3 (+0.7 Units) against the spread versus NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
LOS ANGELES is 5-3-0 straight up against NEW JERSEY over the last 3 seasons
7 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+7.1 Units)


LOS ANGELES vs. NEW JERSEY
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 5 games when playing on the road against New Jersey
Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against New Jersey
New Jersey is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games at home
New Jersey is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Los Angeles


Los Angeles at New Jersey
Los Angeles: 11-3 SU when leading in a playoff series
New Jersey: 17-5 Under in the Stanley Cup Finals

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