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NHL Hockey Betting – Stanley Cup Finals Preview

June 3, 2014

The NHL season has been a joyride filled with lots of incredible action. The playoffs have been a runaway success from beginning to end, with a New York-Los Angeles series sure to bring big television ratings to the NHL. This series marks the first New York-Los Angeles world championship series in any sport since the 1981 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Which celebrity-rich city will get to celebrate the arrival of the Stanley Cup?

2014 NHL Stanley Cup Finals: New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings

This matchup has many dimensions, but the biggest and best one involves the two goaltenders, New York’s Henrik Lundqvist and Los Angeles’ Jonathan Quick. These are widely regarded as two of the four or five best goalies in the NHL. Carey Price of Montreal might also be one of them. Tuukka Rask of Boston might also think he has a place in such a debate. Yet, when you get down to the best of the best, it’s probably Lundqvist and Quick, so it’s little surprise that they’re left on the ice to settle one of the better debates in all of professional hockey.

Naturally, the best goalies need help from their teams. Lundqvist got help from his team in Game 6 against Montreal in the Eastern Conference Finals. His team’s defense was so strong that he faced only 18 shots and didn’t have to work that hard. Quick got help from his team in the form of offensive explosions against Chicago in the Western Conference Finals. The Blackhawks continuously beat Quick to the punch, but the Kings were able to solve Chicago goalie Corey Crawford even more.

Los Angeles seems to be the team that can win in different ways. The Kings have come back from a 3-0 series deficit in these playoffs. They have to think that nothing can stop them if they play their game.

Series Pick: Los Angeles In 5  – Bet it now at Wagerweb.ag – a leading online sportsbook

 

Here are some odds provided by Bovada:

Odds to win 2014 Conn Smythe Trophy as NHL Playoff MVP       

Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)                 5/2         (+250)

Anze Kopitar (LAK)                          4/1         (+400)

Drew Doughty (LAK)                       4/1         (+400)

Jonathan Quick (LAK)                     11/2       (+550)

Martin St Louis (NYR)                     7/1         (+700)

Marian Gaborik (LAK)                     7/1         (+700)

Jeff Carter (LAK)                               8/1         (+800)

Derek Stepan (NYR)                        30/1       (+3000)

Justin Williams (LAK)                       30/1       (+3000)

Brad Richards (NYR)                        30/1       (+3000)

Ryan McDonagh (NYR)                  30/1       (+3000)

Rick Nash (NYR)                                50/1       (+5000)

Mike Richards (LAK)                        50/1       (+5000)

Dustin Brown (LAK)                         50/1       (+5000)

Tyler Toffoli (LAK)                            50/1       (+5000)

 

Will a player from the losing team in the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals be awarded the 2014 Conn Smyth Trophy?    

Yes         12/1

 

Series Spread   

 

New York Rangers           -1½ (+250)

Los Angeles Kings            +1½ (-325)

 

New York Rangers           +1½ (-155)

Los Angeles Kings            -1½ (+125)

 

New York Rangers           -2½ (+600)

Los Angeles Kings            +2½ (-1000)

 

New York Rangers           +2½ (-325)

Los Angeles Kings            -2½ (+250)

 

Exact Result      

New York Rangers win 4-0           +1400

New York Rangers win 4-1           +800

New York Rangers win 4-2           +500

New York Rangers win 4-3           +550

Los Angeles Kings win 4-0             +800

Los Angeles Kings win 4-1             +400

Los Angeles Kings win 4-2             +400

Los Angeles Kings win 4-3             +400

 

Number of Games         

Over 4.5               O 4½ (-900)

Under 4.5            U 4½ (+550)

 

Over 5.5               O 5½ (-180)

Under 5.5            U 5½ (+150)

 

Over 6.5               O 6½ (+195)

Under 6.5            U 6½ (-250)

 

4                              +550

5                              +220

6                              +190

7                              +195

 

Where will the Series be Decided?        

In Los Angeles                   -145

In New York                       +115

 

Player Props

 

Martin St. Louis 4th Round Points

Over / Under     4½

 

Brad Richards 4th Round Points

Over / Under     4

 

Rick Nash 4th Round Points

Over / Under     4

 

Mats Zuccarello 4th Round Points

Over / Under     4

 

Derek Stepan 4th Round Points

Over / Under     4

 

Derick Brassard 4th Round Points

Over / Under     3½

 

Ryan McDonagh 4th Round Points

Over / Under     4

 

Chris Kreider 4th Round Points

Over / Under     3½

 

Anze Kopitar  4th Round Points

Over / Under     5

 

Jeff Carter  4th Round Points

Over / Under     4

 

Marian Gaborik 4th Round Points

Over / Under     4½

 

Drew Doughty 4th Round Points

Over / Under     3½

 

Justin Williams 4th Round Points

Over / Under     3

 

Mike Richards 4th Round Points

Over / Under     3

 

Tyler Toffoli 4th Round Points

Over / Under     3

 

Henrik Lundqvist 4th Round Goals Against Average

Over / Under     2.20

 

Henrik Lundqvist 4th Round Save Percentage

Over / Under     .924

 

Jonathan Quick  4th Round Goals Against Average

Over / Under     2.15

 

Jonathan Quick 4th Round Save Percentage

Over / Under     .915

 

Additional Props

 

How Many Games of the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals will go to overtime?                

Over 1.5               +130

Under 1.5            -160

 

Will any game in the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals go to double overtime?  

Yes                         +250

No                          -325

 

Will Either Team Record a Shutout in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Finals?                              

Yes                         -300

No                          +240

 

Will there be a suspension in the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals                         

Yes                         +300

No                          -400

 

Will either the New York Post or New York Daily News use the following headline during the Stanley Cup Finals “The Kings of New York”

Yes         3/1

No          1/5

 

 

 

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