Los Angeles Kings (HOME) (-165) OVER New Jersey Devils (AWAY)
Prior to the series starting, there was some concern that the Devils easy path to the Finals may help them win the Cup over a Kings team that has played fantastic competition. The Devils practically had a Bye in Round 1 by drawing the Florida Panthers, faced a Flyers team in Round 2 playing with an empty net, and defeated a gutless New York Rangers squad in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Kings on the other hand defeated every division winner from the Western Conference. They outclassed the best team in the world in the Vancouver Canucks during Round 1, swept a tremendous St. Louis Blues team in Round 2, and beat a gritty Phoenix Coyotes squad in the Western Conference Finals.
Despite the fact that the Kings faced three tough opponents, while the Devils defeated two or three (depending on whether you count the Florida Panthers as an actual NHL team) lesser teams on their way to the Cup did not slow down Los Angeles in Game 1 or Game 2. They kept their undefeated road playoff streak alive moving to 10-0 away from the Staples Center. I said the Kings would take both Game 1 and 2 in New Jersey, lose either Game 3 or 4 at the Staples Center, and finish off the Devils in Game 5 to win the Cup. So far it is holding true to form. Although I do believe the Kings will lose one of the two games at home, I will take my chances and continue to pick them. The energy at Staples Center will be electric tonight. Take the Kings to win.