The New Jersey Devils are +110 underdogs against the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup final after a thrilling overtime victory against the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final Friday.
The Devils – the sixth seed in the East - punched their ticket to the franchise’s first Cup final since 2003 on Adam Henrique’s goal just over a minute into the extra period. New Jersey began the postseason priced as a +2,200 long shot and was a +127 series underdog versus the Rangers in the conference championship.
Los Angeles is a -130 favorite to win the Stanley Cup after opening the NHL Playoffs at +2,500. The Kings – the eighth seed in the West - rolled through the Western Conference bracket, en route to a 12-2 record which quickly made them the chalk on the NHL futures board.
Los Angeles is threatening to tie the 1988 Edmonton Oilers' 16-2 postseason record. However, history may be going against the Kings. Teams that cruise through the first three rounds of the playoffs often fall short in the Stanley Cup final. In fact, since 1985, just five of the 11 teams with the best playoff records have capped their red-hot runs with a championship.
New Jersey won the two meetings with Los Angeles this season, with both games coming in October. Looking back over past season, the Devils are 6-4 in their last 10 encounters, going back to 2003. However, the Kings have won three of the five most recent meetings.
The Stanley Cup final begins Wednesday in New Jersey. Oddsmakers have the Devils set as +106 home underdogs with the total at 4.5.
Odds courtesy of Sportsbook.com.