The New Jersey Devils scored a dramatic overtime winner in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against arch rivals New York Rangers to seal the series 4-2 and book their place in the Stanley Cup Finals (Devils 23/20 Outright with bet365).
Adam Henrique was on hand to slam home his second overtime winner of the play-offs after goaltender Henrik Lundqvist failed to cover Ilya Kovalchuk’s slapshot just 63 seconds into the first extra period.
The Devils are now closing in on their first Stanley Cup since 2003 and will take on the 20/27 favourites with bet365 Los Angeles Kings, who have been able to rest any tired legs after securing their berth three days ago with a 4-1 series win over the Phoenix Coyotes.
Despite being the underdogs, the Devils have home advantage by virtue of the fact that they scored more points in the regular season – and Kovalchuk feels that will benefit his team in the best-of-seven series.
“You know, we’re in the Stanley Cup Final for a reason,” Kovalchuk said. “They were really good on the road all playoffs long, but I don’t think they faced a team like us yet. It’s nice we start at home, and I think that’s going to be a big advantage for us.”
Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals will take place at Prudential Center on Wednesday with the Devils looking to become the first team to beat the Kings at home in the playoffs.