|The Cup Final: The Experts Panel||Tweet|
|Written by Jeff Angus|
|Tuesday, 29 May 2012 14:40|
The panel is only 6-8 as a consensus through three rounds. Several experts hold 8-6 records to lead the way. Read on to find out who we like to win the Cup, Conn Smythe, scoring titles for each team, and the why behind the picks as well.
The Kings are better in goal, on defense, and up front. The Devils have the edge in experience, but the Kings have several players who are hungry for a Cup. The Devils could win this one if Zach Parise plays at an elite level - Kovalchuk can't carry the entire offensive load against a physical Kings defense.
Many players from the Kings are hungry for the Cup, having been there so close before. The list includes Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Jarret Stoll and Willie Mitchell. These Kings are determined and looking for their rightful crown. Conquering the West was no fluke. On the flip side, the Devils do deserve their credit, but the Europe trend is against them. Los Angeles will reign victorious and the overseas four-peat will be complete.
100 words or fewer: The NHL has fixed the results for the Kings in what can only be described as a cunning, premeditated attempt to sway the Players' Association in upcoming CBA talks. By propelling the league to unprecedented exposure with a championship team in one of the top television markets, Gary Bettman is manoeuvring to put the PA in a position where it will be unable to do anything but bend to his will to avoid a missed season. #sarcasticconspiracytheory #mycuppickswentoutinfirstround
Kings have been too dominant and I expect their forwards to punish the opposing D.
New Jersey, all playoffs, is best when they do not make mistakes to beat themselves. Los Angeles may be the perfect team to play because the Devils will have to be at their best throughout the series. The keys are simple. New Jersey has to 1. score first 2. keep moving the puck and 3. win the battle of special teams. If they can do that, they will win in seven as predicted.
Why? The 2012 Stanley Cup final setup to be a doozy as both of these teams were unexpected this far. However, in the end it comes down to Quick versus future Hall-of-Famer Martin Brodeur and at this point in their careers I trust the younger more dynamic Quick. In his career, Quick has only faced the Devils 5 times and he's come away with a 3-1-0-1. The Devils are a good well coached team that has found success by their aggressive forechecking however, the Kings have a solid group of mobile defenseman that should deal with their attack nicely. I'd love to see Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise win their first Stanley Cup and goaltender Marty Brodeur retire on top but the Kings depth gives them the slight edge.
The Kings are just so big up the middle, Doughty has upped his game and Quick is the better goalie right now. The Devils have elite scoring to throw at the Kings but it really does seem like this is the time of the Kings.
The Kings have simply been dominant in the playoffs having only lost two games. Jonathan Quick has established himself as a premier goalie and with three lines of attack the Kings playing with a sense of inevitability. Every series in the post season so far, the winner has been the team with a goalie as good, or better. Quick is better than Brodeur right now, no question.
Devils, have gone with them since the start of the playoffs and will stick to my guns. Devils with the edge on 5on5 play 1.62 ratio vs the Kings 1.53. Devils also have the edge on the PP 18.2% compared to the Kings paltry 8.1. PP that’s where it’s gonna be won. Also Henrik Tallinder should be back which cements that top-six. Not a lot of offensive talent but they do all the defensive things right. Fayne (12 Hits, 24 BS), Greene (18, 27), Salvador (37, 23), Volchenkov (37, 17), Zidlicky (33 and 25) add in Tallinder and they’re a pretty strong defensive unit.
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