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.
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NHL, Stanley Cup | Ice Hockey Betting News | May 26, 2012 12:23 |
Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller is unhappy that the NHL have decided not to discipline Milan Lucic after the Boston forward clattered into him during the weekend clash between the two sides, which the Bruins won 6-2.
Miller is suffering from concussion-like headaches and does not accept Lucic’s assertion that he tried to avoid a collision that was so hard it knocked Miller’s mask off. Those placing a bet on hockey will have their own views.
When asked about the incident, the 31-year-old, who has been a stalwart for the Sabres since 2005, said: “I’m not going to be happy about it, but hopefully I’m playing hockey sooner than later.
“I think he said what he had to say to avoid being suspended. It’s the NHL. The guy can skate. He can stop. He can turn. He can pick his head up.”
Miller was hurt 14 minutes into the first period of the game when Lucic was issued with a two-minute minor for charging. The Sabres star continued playing until the end of the second period when he began experiencing tightness in his neck and fatigue. Backup goalie Jhonas Enroth replaced him at the start of the third period.
It is the second time that Miller has sustained a concussion in eight months. He missed four games in March after being struck by shots to the mask in consecutive games.
The Sabres have won five of their last six games and are now top of the Northeast Division with 11 victories from 17 matches.
Meanwhile, general manager Darcy Regier has confirmed that the club have recalled forward Corey Tropp from American Hockey League side Rochester Americans.