May 22, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11) and goalie Jonathan Quick (32) celebrate after beating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 in overtime in game five of the Western Conference finals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Stanley Cup Final Prediction

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If you have documented proof that you picked the Devils and the Kings in the Stanley Cup Final before the playoffs began, you probably could make some nice money off of that.  But since you didn’t, and nobody did, let’s just watch the games and enjoy, shall we?

Let’s recap my picks.  First round, I went 6 for 8 – missed Nashville and, of course, I had Vancouver beating LA.  Oops.  In the second round, I went 1 for 4 with the Rangers being the only team I picked successfully.  I was 1 for 2 in the second round (picked LA and the Rangers).  That makes me 8 for 14.  57.14% woohoo!  I’m curious to see how all of the “experts” picked, if they have the balls to review their prior picks.  Proud to say I have no shame in posting my previous picks, even though I should.  Hmm…anyway…

New Jersey doesn’t play the same old boring trap anymore.  They were actually forechecking two or three guys with a one goal lead with under 5 minutes go to against the Rangers.  They actually play an up-tempo game, led by Zach Parise (swoooooon) and Ilya Kovalchuk.  If you want to get seriously turned on by a hockey play, check out this goal:

Seriously.  That was an amazing passing play that makes me feel funny.  Yes, these are not the old Devils from 1995 (grrrr).  They were massively overlooked by everybody (yours truly) because they finished behind New York, Pittsburgh, and Philly in the Atlantic division.  Hindsight is 20/20, but yeah, we all probably should have taken them just a tad more seriously.

The Kings and Devils have a similar style of play.  The Kings also choose not to sit back and wait; they play more of a “let’s go!” game.  As much as I enjoy a good defensive battle, the Coyotes and Rangers would have had a little less excitement in their games.  Just saying.

The Kings are a little more dynamic up front, with Kopitar, Brown, Richards, and Carter leading the way.  That’s a good mix of talent and grit right there.  Also, Dustin Penner enjoys pancakes (sorry, hockey blogger code 17.64 states that when discussing the Kings/Penner, a pancake joke MUST be made).  Drew Doughty also decided that he wanted to play hockey this season.  He missed Training Camp due to a contract situation (he wanted to make it rain even more), so he was just starting to skate as the season began, but is not on fire.  Also, Jonathan Quick rules at playing goalie…just don’t allow shots from center ice:

Hey, Chris Osgood did that plenty of times and won two cups as a starting goalie.  Besides that, Quick has been a rock this season, both in the regular season and the playoffs.  Marty has been solid too, but I just think that it’s Quick’s time to shine.

Kings in 6.

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