Late News For Kings & Devils Game 4
By: Michael Robinson
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The 2011-2012 NHL season could be over in just a few hours with the Los Angeles Kings looking to sweep the New Jersey Devils and win the franchise’s first title.
We’re here with the late-breaking news for the 8:00 p.m. (ET) start from the West Coast. The odds are very interesting, with the Kings ranging from 170-190 favorites. The total is 4½.
Don Best Sports analyst Brian Blessing has been providing great tidbits of information since the beginning of the playoffs on April 11. That was almost two months ago and a bevy of upsets have left us with a No. 8 seed likely winning the Cup for the first time in history.
Blessing thinks it’s a huge leap of faith for the Devils to win tonight and send the series back to New Jersey. That’s despite the fact that Phoenix accomplished the feat down 3-0 to the Kings in the Western Conference Finals, plus Marty Brodeur and the rest of the Devils having a lot of pride to not get swept.
The one potential value play according to Blessing is the ‘over’ 4½-goals. He believes the Devils need to do something to change the momentum in the series and New Jersey could be going hell-bent to create offense. That would create odd-man rushes the other way for the Socal bunch.
Los Angeles +165 on the puck line, giving 1½-goals, is another interesting wager to think about.
If the Kings do get the win tonight, it will cap one of the greatest runs in Stanley Cup history. They will have gone 16-2 without a road loss, all as a No. 8 as mentioned above.
A Game 4 closeout for a sweep is always a tough win to get, but Los Angeles does have some confidence in the power play after going 2-for-2 on Monday (4-0 home win).
Forward Jeff Carter has also become a force with goals the last two games, including the game-winner in overtime in Game 2, a turning point in the series. Things would look a lot different if New Jersey could have taken one of the first two OT games at home.
The Kings have also gotten great leadership from the blue line, as well as offensive production from Drew Doughty. The penalty kill is working great and they may have the best goalie in the league in Jonathan Quick (1.36 GAA in the playoffs).
Los Angeles could be a team we’re talking about for a number of years going forward, but first it must take care of business tonight, sending all of Southern California’s hockey fans into a frenzy.