Stanley Cup Prediction

Posted: May 30, 2012 by Christian Hetrick in Pro Sports
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Game one of the Stanley Cup Finals begins tonight at 8 p.m.

By: Christian Hetrick

“Fool me once, shame on you,” goes the Chinese proverb. “Fool me twice, shame on me.”

This proverb applies directly to me and my choosing of both the Flyers and Rangers over the Devils this post season. Time and time again I said the Devils couldn’t do it, and time and time again they proved me wrong.

But the Chinese may soon need a new proverb, one about being fooled three times. Once again, I’m picking against the Devils.

This is no disrespect to Jersey’s team. They’ve played underdog in every series (maybe not Florida) and out worked, out hustled and out played each team they’ve played. The Devils fourth line of Stephen Gionta, Ryan Carter and Steve Bernier has shut down the top lines of every team they faced. Martin Brodeur, who at times has looked his age, has been solid in net for the most part. He has been making brilliant, Sportscenter top-ten saves each game, reminding all of us that Brodeur is still the NHL’s best goalie ever.

But as good as the Devils have looked this postseason, one team has still looked better – the Los Angeles Kings, their Western Conference opponent.

As good as Marty has been, Jonathan Quick has been better. Marty does have an impressive .923 save percentage this postseason, but Quick’s .946 has been the best in these playoffs. There is no doubting that Quick has been the best goalie in the tournament.

And then come the forwards. Between Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar, Justin Williams, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and (maybe) Simon Gagne, the Kings have much more firepower than the Devils. Who do you focus on? It can be a different All-Star every night.

Expect the Kings to make some history this week. Not only can they bring LA its first Cup ever, but they can also be the third sub-.500 team in NHL history to win it all. Brown also has the chance to be the first American captain to win the cup since 1999 (as does Zach Parise).

The Kings have looked too good not to pick. They’ve started every series with a 3-0 series lead against the conference’s top three seeds. Plus seeing Richards, Carter and Gagne raise the Cup after being exiled by the Flyers will provide more drama in Philly than any day time soap opera (or HBO series) ever could. Let’s go Kings in six.

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