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The Devils are starting an offseason full of disappointment, and it hasn’t started off like they would have liked. After losing in the Stanley Cup Finals to the Los Angeles Kings, they have now lost one of their best players. Will the Devils rebound and be back in the mix in NHL picks next season?

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As soon as the Los Angeles King won the Stanley Cup, many people were already making their NHL picks for next year and projecting why the Kings can repeat. But what about the New Jersey Devils?

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The battle for Lord Stanley’s Cup kicked off last night, NHL odds were red hot and the drama and excitement levels were through the roof. Two of the best goaltenders in the league were going head to head, and once again, the best goalie prevailed. The Kings and Devils were tied 1-1 going into the third period, and then again in overtime. continue reading…

The Finals for Lord Stanley’s Cup are finally set and the NHL picks are on Kings side. While the 8th seeded Kings all but ran through the Western Conference Finals, the Devils had a hard fought battle with the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals. Neither of these teams had home ice advantage thus far, but now  stand four wins away from hoisting the Cup. That’s how much home ice means in hockey.

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Just win. That was the Rangers only objective heading into Game 6. It didn’t matter how they got it done…they needed a win or their season would be finished. More importantly, the Rangers franchise was 5-0 in Game 7s at Madison Square Graden, leading to some added motivation. However, it was not meant to be.

After battling back from 2-0 deficit, the Rangers rallied to tie the game, but fell in overtime. Adam Henrique netted the game winner for the Devils, who will play Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday night against the red hot LA Kings.

For the Rangers, it has been apparent that they seriously lack depth on their third and fourth lines. Their two top lines feature many great players, but their lack of the depth stoppped a pivotal Game 7. Ryan Callahan netted the first two Blue Shirt goals, but the rest of the Rangers couldn’t get the puck behind Marty Brodeur.

As the Rangers enter the off-season, they’ll hang their hats on their deep playoff run, $15 million in cap room, and youth on their roster. For the Devils, winning the Cup could mark the end of Brodeur’s tenure as Devils goalie and allow Zach Parise to chase a big contract in free agency. However, the LA Kings, led by goalie Jon Quick, have been sensational.

Overall, it was a nice season and Ranger fans have to be encouraged about the future of their team.

After a meltdown in Game 4, the Rangers will be looking to forget about that performance and head back to Madison Square Garden for Game 5. The Rangers are the favorites from NHL betting shops, and with the series tied at 2-2; there can be no more mistakes. Can the Rangers protect home ice and force the Devil’s hand, or will Ilya Kovakchuk and the Devils take control of this series?

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As they entered the post-season, the Devils had only two goals in mind–winning the Stanley Cup and building a case to keep star winger, Zach Parise.

Parise, 27, will enter the open market as an unrestricted free agent this off-season. In 502 career games with the Devils, Parise has tallied 410 points including 194 goals. During Monday’s Game 4, Parise made his presence felt, netting two goals and adding another assist. These three points were Parise’s first points of this Eastern Conference Finals. His Eastern Conference Finals opponent, the NY Rangers, have never been shy about chasing and signing free agents. In recent memory, the Rangers have inked forwards, Brad Richards and Marion Gaborik. With some cap flexibility heading into next season, will the Rangers sign the talented left wing?

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The Rangers are taking a 2-1 series lead into Newark this evening, in hopes of taking a commanding lead in the series, after their shutout victory in Game 3 of this series. Game 3 was Henrik Lendqvist’s fourth shutout of the playoffs, and second in this series. He stopped every one of the 36 shots that came his way throughout the game. If his hot goaltending can continue, the number one seeded Rangers could be on their way to the Stanley Cup.

In tonight’s game, the NHL Odds Makers have the Rangers as underdogs at +110, and a huge -355 on the puck line. Will the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist be able to take both games in New Jersey, or will the Devils be able to regain their poise, and rebound from their Game 3 defeat?

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Sometimes, you just have to scratch your head and wonder why. Delta Airlines, the official airline of the Rangers, will fly 80 Ranger fans from Laguardia to Newark Liberty before Game 3. The flight will last approximately 17 minutes. The selected fans will fly for free. 

A few things about this promotion. First off all, the train ride from NY Penn Station to Newark Penn Station takes about 17 minutes. From there, fans can take about a five minute walk to The Rock. Instead, Delta wants to fly these fans to Newark Liberty? Isn’t there some sort of law about low flying planes in the NY Metro area? Plus, the fans taking this flight will need to take the train from Newark Liberty to Newark Penn Station. Can’t avoid the good old NJ Transit. 

Why would any fan want to do this? Not only will they need to go through security, but they’ll have to get on the train anyway. I guess Delta really want some press, but this is honestly one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard. Based on the stupidity of this promotion, I hope the Devils win Game 3.

The Rangers landed a convincing first punch in their Eastern Conference Finals showdown. The Rangers blanked their rivals, 3-0 behind goals from Dan Girardi, Chris Kreider, and an empty net special from Artem Anisimov. Henrik Lundqvist bested Marty Brodeur in the battle of the goalies. The Rangers out shot the Devs, 28-21, holding the Devils to just four shots in the third period. The Rangers have won with stifling third period defense thus far so expect that to continue. 

We all know that this series will come down to goal tending and defensive play. The Rangers have superior talent in both facets and should advance to their first Stanley Cup Final since 1994.