Los Angeles Kings Take Game 1 From Devils

By: Michael Robinson | Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Los Angeles Kings continue their amazing story as they look forward to Game 2 at the New Jersey Devils. The puck will drop Saturday at 8:00 p.m. (ET) from the Prudential Center.

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals is in the books and the Kings took a 2-1 decision in overtime. Electric center Anze Kopitar got the game-winner on a breakaway. They’re now 13-2 overall this postseason and 9-0 away from the Staples Center, bettering the road record they just set.

Wednesday’s opener was anything but a pretty game. Both teams were nervous at the outset with the Devils generating just 17 shots for the entire game (L.A. had 25). New Jersey will need to shoot the puck a lot more going forward and not get too cute while squandering scoring chances.

The home ice probably had something to do with the Devils offensive play. They were too busy trying to impress the hometown fans, while Los Angeles was just keeping it simple on the road, something the team has mastered so far.

Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick was very solid once again, but New Jersey now realizes he won’t be beat down low, and the shots will have to be top shelf. David Clarkson fired it over the net a couple of times on Quick and would love to get those chances back.

This opening loss for New Jersey was not the end of the world. Both teams struggled and it showed that Los Angeles was coming off an 8-day layoff.

Saturday’s Game 2 has now become a monster game for the Devils. They can’t afford to go down 0-2 heading to California and must find a way to get a win.

The series odds have changed dramatically, with New Jersey now +240. The Kings are laying 280 as the very solid favorite. Kings backers are very confident about the overall play of Quick. The West Coasters also did a good job in its defensive end in Game 1.

Don Best Sports analyst Brian Blessing thought there would be more scoring in the opener. The total is 4½ and shaded to the ‘over’ for Game 2.

The game odds for Saturday are somewhat all over the board. Most places have New Jersey at -110, but the Kings are as much as -115 at some shops.

There are no major injuries to report, but stayed tuned to Don Best for the latest breaking information in all aspects of this great Final.

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