Numbers Don’t Lie: Overtime Edition

Devils are 4-1 in overtime games in the playoffs. Kings are 2-0. Both teams advanced to Stanley Cup Finals on overtime wins, according to Tom Gulitti of Fire and Ice.

Devils’ game-winning goals were scored by by Travis Zajac, Alexei Ponikarovsky and two by Adam Henrique.

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.