Stanley Cup Final Betting Preview

The Stanley Cup Final matchup nobody expected a month ago, the New Jersey Devils versus the Los Angeles Kings begins on Wednesday night in Jersey.

A month ago, a Devils-Kings final matchup was a 165/1 longshot bet at Bovada - it was one of the least likely Cup matchups.

The Los Angeles Kings snuck into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, but they'll begin the Cup final as the favorite at William Hill. The oddsmakers at William Hill have set the Kings  as a -170 favorite to start the series while the Devils are a +150 underdog.

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The Kings are also favored in the series opener despite the game being played in New Jersey. Los Angeles is a -120 road favorite in Game 1, while the Devils are a +100 road underdog. The Kings have been extremely hard to beat on the road during their playoff run with a perfect 8-0 record on the road so far.

The Devils home record in the postseason isn't too bad either though at 6-2.

If the oddsmakers at William Hill are right the Cup final will go six games with the Kings taking the series 4-2 at +333. That's the favorite on the William Hill “Series Correct Score” prop. A few other odds on the prop include Kings 4-3 a +400, Kings 4-1 at +400, Devils 4-2 at +650, Devils 4-3 at +500 and Devils 4-1 at +850.

Judging by how the regular season matchup between the Kings and Devils went this season taking the Devils as the underdog on at least a few bets. The Kings and Devils faced off twice during the regular season with New Jersey winning both matchups.

The Devils won 3-0 in Los Angeles and 2-1 at home this season. Both game obviously went Under the posted total and in the last five games between the Devils and Kings the Under was 4-0-1.

There are also prop odds on which game will end the series, with Game 6 and 7 co-favorites at +180.  Other odds available include Game 4 at +550 and Game 5 at +250.

Stanley Cup Final Series Correct Score   (odds courtesy of Bovada):

Los Angeles Kings 4-0               7/1        (+700)  

Los Angeles Kings 4-1               9/2        (+450)  

Los Angeles Kings 4-2               3/1        (+300)  

Los Angeles Kings 4-3               5/1        (+500)  

New Jersey Devils 4-0               14/1      (+1400)

New Jersey Devils 4-1               7/1        (+700)

New Jersey Devils 4-2               7/1        (+700)  

New Jersey Devils 4-3               5/1        (+500) 

Total Games in the Series       

4          6/1        (+600)  

5          49/20    (+245)  

6          17/10    (+170)  

7          37/20    (+185) 

Total Games in the Series       

Over     5½        4/7        (-175)

Under   5½        29/20    (+145)

Kings vs Devils Series Game Spread 

Los Angeles Kings        -1½       1/1        (EVEN)            

New Jersey Devils         +1½      10/13    (-130)                       

Los Angeles Kings        +1½      1/4        (-400)               

New Jersey Devils         -1½       3/1        (+300)              

Los Angeles Kings        +2½      1/12      (-1200)             

New Jersey Devils         -2½       13/2      (+650)              

Total Goals in the Series       

Over/ Under      28½

Where Will The Series Be Decided      

Staples Center, Los Angeles                  11/10    (+110)  

Prudential Center, New Jersey                5/7        (-140)  

Player Props

Anze Kopitar 4th Round Points vs. New Jersey Devils    

Over/ Under      5

Mike Richards 4th Round Points vs. New Jersey Devils  

Over/ Under      4

Jeff Carter 4th Round Points vs. New Jersey Devils       

Over/ Under      3½

Ilya Kovalchuk 4th Round Points vs. Los Angeles Kings

Over/ Under      5½

Zach Parise 4th Round Points vs. Los Angeles Kings    

Over/ Under      5

Travis Zajac 4th Round Points vs. Los Angeles Kings    

Over/ Under      3½

Jonathan Quick 4th Round Goals against average vs. New Jersey Devils

Over/ Under      1.95               

Jonathan Quick 4th Round Save percentage vs. New Jersey Devils        

Over/ Under      .930                 

Martin Brodeur 4th Round Save percentage vs. Los Angeles Kings

Over/ Under      .910                             

Martin Brodeur 4th Round Goals against average vs. Los Angeles Kings

Over/ Under      2.40                             

Who will Score More Points in the Series?     

Anže Kopitar (LAK)                    20/23    (-115)   

Ilya Kovalchuk (NJ)                    20/23    (-115)  

Dustin Brown (LAK)                   5/6        (-120)   

Zach Parise (NJ)                        10/11    (-110)   

Justin Williams (LAK)                 5/6        (-120)   

Travis Zajac (NJ)                       10/11    (-110)

Mike Richards (LAK)                  4/5        (-125)   

Patrik Elias (NJ)                                    20/21    (-105)   

Jeff Carter (LAK)                       10/13    (-130)

Adam Henrique (NJ)                  1/1        (EVEN)

Dustin Penner (LAK)                  10/13    (-130)   

Dainius Zubrus (NJ)                   1/1        (EVEN)

Jarret Stoll (LAK)                       11/10    (+110)  

Alexei Ponikarovsky (NJ)           5/7        (-140)   

Drew Doughty (LAK)                  -140      (+110)

Marek Zidlicky (NJ)                    +110     (-140)   

Additional Props

Will there be a 5 minute fighting major penalty called during the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals?    

Yes      2/5        -250     

No        39/20    +195    

How May Games of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals will go to overtime? 

Over     +1½      27/20    (+135)              

Under   -1½       20/33    (-165)               

Will any game in the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals go to double overtime?

Yes                  11/4      (+275)  

No                    2/7        (-350)   

Will Either Team Record a Shutout in the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals?        

Yes                  2/3        (-150)   

No                    6/5        (+120)  

How Many Power Play Goals will the Los Angeles Kings Score in the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals          

Over     2½        1/1        (EVEN)

Under   2½        10/13    (-130)

How Many Short Handed Goals will the Los Angeles Kings Score in the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals      

Over     ½         11/10    (+110)

Under   ½         5/7        (-140)

Will there be a suspension in the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals      

Yes                  3/1        (+300)  

No                    1/5        (-500)  

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