With our best betting pick on Saturday we select from game five of the NHL Stanley Cup Final between the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils. The Kings and Devils will face off from New Jersey on Saturday night at 8PM Eastern Time and NBC TV will provide the live national television coverage. Our NHL pick will be playing on the LA Kings and New Jersey Devils to play under the total of 4 ½ goals. The goal over under odds came courtesy of BetOnline sportsbook.
The game five betting odds opened up with the road team LA Kings favored by -116 odds with the take back on the home standing New Jersey Devils at -105 odds. The goal over under opened at 4 ½ goals. Money early has come on the Devils as the LA Kings and New Jersey Devils now rock even money pick as they are now both lined at -110 odds. The goal over under has not budged off the opener of 4 ½ goals. A puck line bet on the New Jersey Devils and laying the -1 ½ goals will get back +315 odds. Bettors wagering on the LA Kings and taking the +1 ½ goals will lay -345 odds for their puck line wager. The adjusted series price following the Devils game four win now has the LA Kings at -1100 to win the Stanley Cup with the underdog New Jersey Devils take back at +750 odds.
The series returns back to New Jersey where the ice conditions have been rather poor which is a frequent happening with the Stanley Cup Finals held in the summer months of June. We saw bad ice in New Jersey contribute to two low scoring games in game’s one and two with the score knotted at the end of 60 minutes of regulation play at 1-1 each time. All four games of this Stanley Cup Finals have played to an under the total result with both the Kings and Devils going under in their past seven head to head meetings. In four games in this Stanley Cup Finals the Devils scored just 4 goals with a net minder in place for the opponent and one empty netter. That is just an average of one legitimate goal per game. Strange New Jersey felt confident getting two legitimate shots past Jonathan Quick in game four.
The LA Kings are still in control of this series because they have the best defense and goaltender. You have to be this good when you have rolled off 10 straight wins on the road in these 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Jonathan Quick has allowed just 26 goals in 18 playoff games this year which equates to a goal against average of a mere 1.39. We saw a bounce back from the New Jersey defense in game four after allowing LA four goals in game three. I expect LA to bring their best effort to game five and the defense to be at their best which means another low scoring game so the under is the play for sportsbook betting.