(Of note: The ideas represented below do not represent the professional, informed, and . . . well. . . probably just plain old better ideas and notions of Gary and John!)
First of all, I simply cannot believe that the 8th seed Kings are facing the 6th seed Devils in the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. But really, this match-up is what makes ice hockey the greatest sport in America. Drink it in baby.
The Kings will win in 6 games. There I said it. I think most experts(the ones I’ve read so far anyway) are picking the Devils in 6 or 7.
The goalies are gonna show up . . . and they will not disappoint. Both of ‘em will play well . . . and they’re respective play will be a good part of the formula as to their team’s success. I do not feel as though either one of them will lose the series. Really going out on a limb here aren’t I?!
As far as defense goes, I don’t really see either team having a significant advantage, though Drew Doughty has the chance to step up and shine. He will be a factor for sure and will log a boatload of minutes given NJ’s depth. He’s healthy, he can move the puck, he can score when needed anddddddddd, he’s my Conn Smythe pick. Yup, gettin’ a little weird here. Gettin’ a little wild. Wacky stuff. Weird wild stuff.
The series really is about the Devils depth in their forward pool and the fact that the Kings roll out two exceptional, almost interchangeable, top two lines. The forwards will be the difference makers. Throughout the playoffs, the Devils have gotten production from all four lines. I think that ends with this series. Thanks for coming Gionta and Bernier, but Cinderella wants her slipper back. I don’t think they’ll be scoring as much simply because they will be worn out from the bigger Kings forwards and that relentless forecheck of theirs.
So there it is. My brief, and probably incomplete, cracker-jack analysis of what most likely will be a hard fought series. Enjoy.