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Devils look for force Game 7 Monday night

The Hockey Gods are a funny bunch. Obviously they wanted the Stanley Cup Final to go another game. How else can you explain the three goal-posts that the Kings hit. How else can you explain the fact that despite being virtually outplayed in the last two games, New Jersey has stayed alive?

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New Jersey Devils at Los Angeles Kings
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, June 11, 2012
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Broadcast: NBCS, CBC, RDS
Kings lead series 3-2
Devils vs. Kings Betting Lines from betonline.com
Spread: Kings -1 ½ (+215)
Moneyline: Devils +149: Kings -165
Over/Under: 4 ½ goals

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Game 6 goes Monday night in Los Angeles, a place that the Kings have looked mortal in the postseason. The Cup will be in the building – can LA finally close out the series on their third try?

The New Jersey Devils had one objective going into Game 4 – down 3-0 all they wanted to do was plant a seed of doubt into the minds of the LA Kings. Mission accomplished. After handing the Kings their first road loss of the playoffs and putting them on their first two game losing streak in nearly two months, the Devils have life.

The offense isn’t quite where we would expect just yet (they were held under 22 shots for the fourth consecutive game) but there were a couple of things that are positives for New Jersey ahead of this game. First of all there is Martin Brodeur! The veteran has allowed just two goals in his last two games and has held the Devils in each of their two wins of the series. Highlight reel save after highlight reel save has the Kings wondering how they are ever going to beat this guy. Consider it a taste of their own medicine!

Secondly the best players for the Devils have finally started to look like their best players. Zach Parise scored for the first time in the series, Ilya Kovalchuk showed a burst that had been lacking in the first three games and the Devils’ four lines all contributed offensively and defensively. Also, the power play that had been 0 for 15 in the series finally scored – it was one of the advantages New Jersey had going into the series that hadn’t materialized yet.  [ad-4437448]

The Los Angeles Kings aren’t panicking. They realize that losing is part of sport and that running the table against the tough Devils was unlikely. It’s back to work for the Kings who, is not for a couple of unlucky bounces could already be golfing.

To a man, the Devils know that they have to “stay the course” and not change a whole lot. They played well enough to win Games 4 and 5 and in the last game only an unfriendly goalpost and an unlucky deflection kept them from their ultimate goal. Anze Kopitar continues to be amazing, Justin Williams has been dangerous and Drew Doughty has been all that was advertised going into the season.

It seems weird to be criticizing Jonathan Quick so I won’t. He is 2-2 in his last two games but he does have a 1.19 goals against average and a .948 save percentage in those game. He had a minor lapse in Game 5 and that’s all it took.

Betting Prediction: The Los Angeles Kings have been somewhat vulnerable on home ice during these playoffs – a 5-3 record. They admitted nerves and a lack of focus in Game 4 at home and they are unlikely to make the same mistake. If New Jersey was playing “lights out”, I may give them a chance in this game – but they are not. I like the Kings to close it out Monday and I also like the Under – every game in the Final has gone under the 4 ½ goal total. I can’t see that trend changing in Game 6.

Pick: The Under – 4 ½ goals and the LA Kings -165

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