NHL Stanley Cup Finals Game 4 Betting Preview
New Jersey Devils vs. Los Angeles Kings
Money Line: New Jersey +165 Los Angeles -185
Total Line: 4.5
The New Jersey Devils will try and stave off elimination on the road in this season’s Stanley Cup Finals when they square-off against the Los Angeles Kings this Wednesday night at the Staples Center in Game 4 of this best-of-seven series. The game is set to get underway at 8 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on the NBC Sports Network. It will be sad to see the hockey season come to an end with a Kings win on Wednesday night, but if that happens we will have to turn to summer betting events such as Euro 2012, Belmont Stakes betting, and MLB baseball – oh well.
New Jersey knew it was in trouble after losing the first two games of this series at home in overtime by identical 2-1 scores. That feeling has now settled upon desperation after dropping a 4-0 decision as a 136 road underdog in Monday night’s Game 6 to fall behind three games to none. The total has stayed ‘under’ in all three contests.
The Devils appear to be completely out of rhythm, especially on the power play where they are 0-for-12 in this series. They have managed to score just two goals on 72 shots-on-goal in this series after averaging close to three goals a game in their previous 18 playoff games.
The Kings’ run up to this point has been nothing short of spectacular. They are a perfect 10-0 on the road and 5-2 at home in 17 playoff games counting this series. Los Angeles’ defense has successfully killed-off 64 of the 69 power plays it faced this postseason and have relinquished just 24 goals overall.
The man between the pipes remains the biggest reason that the Kings are just one win away from their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Jonathan Quick has been a force throughout the playoffs, but has actually managed to take things up a notch in this series. Through the first three games he has a goals-against-average of just 0.59 and a .972 save percentage.
The Devils are 10-4 in their last 14 games on a Wednesday and 19-9 in their last 28 games as underdogs on the road. The total has stayed ‘under’ in four of their last six road games.
The Kings are 12-3 in their last 15 Wednesday games and 20-6 in their last 26 games as favorites. The total has stayed ‘under’ in their last four home games.
The home team is just 1-3 in the last four meetings but New Jersey is now just 2-6 in the last eight meetings overall. The total has stayed ‘under’ in seven of the last eight games with the other one ending as a ‘push’.
It is hard to see New Jersey going down in four straight games, but the Kings have such a tremendous advantage in momentum, it is even harder to see Los Angeles letting the opportunity to end things on Wednesday night at home slip away.
Los Angeles 3 New Jersey 1