The Stanley Cup final will finally hit the ice in Newark on Wednesday night, with the New Jersey Devils listed as home underdogs in the opener against the Los Angeles Kings.
The sportsbooks also have the Kings pegged as the overall favorite to win the best-of-seven Stanley Cup final thanks to their impressive results through the first three rounds of the playoffs.
The Devils sit at 48-28-6 on the season; in comparison, the Kings are currently 40-27-15. Looking to wager on the totals? New Jersey is 37-34-11 OU, and Los Angeles is 23-43-16 OU.
Sportsbooks had set the Devils as +100 home underdogs on the opening moneyline for this contest at . The over under opened at 4.5 at Ladbrokes.
This game matches up the No. 8 (Devils) and the No. 10 (Kings) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New Jersey's No. 11-ranked offense (2.8 goals per game) against a Kings defense that ranks No. 2 at 2.2 goals per game allowed. The Devils powerplay has clicked at a 17.2% rate while the Kings have a 87% rate on the penalty kill.
Los Angeles was a 4-3 winner in its last match on the road against the Coyotes, clinching that series in five games. They won as -130 favorites, while the total score of 7 made winners of OVER bettors. The Devils advanced over the Rangers in six games.
Los Angeles Kings Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Dallas are 5-5
After playing Phoenix are 5-5
After a win are 8-2
New Jersey Devils Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Buffalo are 2-8
After playing NY Rangers are 7-3
After a win are 6-4
A few Kings at Devils trends to consider:
Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Los Angeles is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles' last 5 games when playing New Jersey
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles' last 6 games
New Jersey is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
New Jersey is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Jersey's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Jersey's last 5 games at home
Los Angeles at New Jersey, Saturday, June 2