Game 1 of Stanley Cup Finals: Devils vs. Kings (8 pm)

TV: The game will be televised on NBC and broadcast on Bloomberg 1130 AM.

Notes:

  • Martin Brodeur will make his 189th consecutive playoff start and 200th of his career. On the other side of the rink, Vezina Trophy finalist Jonathan Quick t will get the start.
  • The Devils will go with the same lineup as in Game 6 against the New York Rangers, according to Tom Gulitti of Fire and Ice.
  • The Kings are 8-0 on the road in this year’s playoffs.
  • The Devils have been off for four days while the Kings have been off for seven days.
  • The Devils are 3-1 all-time in Game 1’s of Stanley Cup Finals. (1995: W 2-1 vs. Red Wings, 2000: W 7-2 vs. Stars, 2001: L 5-0 vs. Avalanche, 2003: W 3-0 vs. Duck)

Cory Booker to attend Game 1

Newark mayor Cory Booker will be in attendance for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Devils and LA Kings, according to his twitter account.

Booker tweeted earlier today, “Excited to go to tonight’s Devil’s game. The team from The City of Angels is about to be stopped by some Jersey Devils.”

Booker recently called Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek a hustler, huckster and bamboozler, after a panel of arbitrators upheld a lease agreement between the city and the team’s home, the Prudential Center.

Vanderbeek responded by saying that waves of withering attacks against him by Booker has made him regret bringing his team to Newark.

EA Sports has Kings over Devils in Finals

EA Sports is predicting that the Los Angeles Kings will win the Stanley Cup, defeating the New Jersey Devils in six games, writes NHL.com

In the NHL 12 simulation, the Kings win Game 1 4-2, before losing Games 2 and 3, 2-0 and 2-1, respectively. The Kings then win three straight: 2-0, 3-2 and 3-1.

EA Sports has the Kings winning Game 1 by the final score of 4-2, with  Anze Kopitar getting the game-winner. The Kings’ undefeated win streak on the road will come to an end in Game 2 when the Devils win 2-0. The Devils will also take Game 3 with a score of 2-1 as Ilya Kovalchuk gets the game-winner to give New Jersey a 2-1 series edge.

From there, the Devils will not win anymore games. In Game 4, Jonathan Quick pitches a shutout of his own in a 2-0 win. EA Sports predicts that the Kings will win Game 5 in 3-2 in overtime with Dustin Brown scoring the game-winner.

The Kings will lift their first ever Stanley Cup after a 3-1 win in Game 6.

Jonathan Quick, who records a shutout and allows just nine goals in six games, wins the Conn Smythe Trophy.

EA Sports correctly predicted a championship for the Chicago Blackhawks two years.

Devils haven’t lost since Parise stopped shaving

At Fire and Ice, Tom Gulitti writes that Zach Parise has stopped shaving for more than a week and it has paid off.

The Devils haven’t lost since Parise stopped shaving.

Parise has shaved for most of the playoffs. Other players such as Martin Brodeur and Patrik Elias have been shaving for most of the playoffs too.

Devils to go with same lineup

According to Mike Mazzeo of ESPN NY, Pete DeBoer said this morning that the Devils will go with the same lineup as in Game 6 vs. the Rangers.

Optional skate before Game 1

The Devils held an optional morining skate today.

Marek Zidlicky was the only player who did not skate, according to Rich Chere of Star Ledger.

Adam Larsson, Henrik Tallinder, Eric Boulton and Cam Janssen skated with the AHL players, reports Chere.

Devils-Rangers Game 6 ratings

Devils overtime win over the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals drew the best rating of the series, writes Puck the Media.

Game 6 on NBC Sports Network drew 1.60 million viewers last Friday night, easily the best number for the entire series

Game 6 even topped Game 3, which aired on NBC and drew 1.49 million viewers, notes Steve Lepore of Puck the Media.

Lepore writes that the 2012 Eastern Conference finals on NBC Sports Network averaged 1.38 million viewers. This was down 11 percent from the same round in 2011, which averaged 1.54 million viewers.

Brodeur to retire is there’s a long lockout

National Post’s columnist Bruce Arthur tweeted that Martin Brodeur will most likely retire if there’s another long lockout.

If there’s another long lockout, like last time, there’s a really good chance you won’t see me come back.

Brodeur has mentioned several times that he expects to be back next season.

Wednesday’s Game 1 will be the 200th playoff game of Brodeur’s career. Only Patrick Roy played in more (247).

No one believes in the Devils?

A recent survey at ESPN’s Sportsnation shows that the whole country, expect for New Jersey, believes that the Kings are going to win the Stanley Cup. Does this mean that nobody believes the Devils can do it?