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Poll: Who will win the 2012 Stanley Cup finals?

May 25, 2012, 11:22 PM EDT

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In the summer of 2010, the Los Angeles Kings made a bid to nab the supposed missing piece of their Stanley Cup puzzle in the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes. Now he’s one of the biggest obstacles in the upstart Kings’ way as the New Jersey Devils emerged from the East.

Yup, that means the East’s No. 6 seed will host the West’s No. 8 seed in the 2012 Stanley Cup finals.

There are plenty of juicy storylines. Two great forechecking teams will go head-to-head. An all-time great in his last days (Martin Brodeur) takes on a contemporary elite in the meat of his prime (Jonathan Quick). There’s plenty of marquee talent as Kovalchuk, Zach Parise & Co. take on Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Mike Richards and more.

Considering the way the Kings buzzed through the West’s top three seeds, many will consider Los Angeles the unlikely favorite. Just ask the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers if the Devils play like underdogs, though.

With all that in mind, let’s get your Stanley Cup pick – number of games included.

  1. flyeredup - May 25, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Kings in 6. Sigh, Flyers West.

    • modogg42 - May 26, 2012 at 12:26 AM

      As a Flyers fan, I am without a doubt 100% the Kings. Sure Flyers West, but I can not conceivably think of anyway to root for the Devils. If anything, I would be real happy for Gagne and Hextall. And i can’t really hate Richards and Carter, they were good when they were here and they got traded, it wasn’t like they were complaining about the team or asking to leave.

      I know a lot in Philly hate on Jeff Carter for whatever reason (most likely because of Sports Radio), but i for one would be real happy for the guy. Talk about a roller coaster of a year for that guy, that’s a nice little story that will come up in the coming week I am guessing

  2. oside760 - May 25, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    kings in 4. devils cant hang

    • jkonigsb - May 25, 2012 at 11:32 PM

      @oside- How do you figure the “devils can’t hang”?

      • oside760 - May 29, 2012 at 7:45 PM

        cause no one else has. why would the devils all of a sudden be able to hang with the kings???

  3. proudliberal85392 - May 25, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Kings in 6

  4. buford2000 - May 25, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Kings in 6.

  5. quonce - May 25, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Devils in 6

  6. vindicatus - May 25, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Flyers in 5!!!!

    Keep doubting us!

    LET’S GO, DEVILS!!!!

  7. chc36 - May 25, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    I think travel is going to be a huge factor in this one. Kings are already a little stiff after not playing for a while, then they need to fly all the way across country. I think the Devils win both at home, win the first in LA, lose the second game, but win at home in game 5.

    • modogg42 - May 26, 2012 at 12:28 AM

      Considering how dominant the Kings were on the road in Vancouver, St. Louis and Phx, I am not sure how you can be confident about winning both at home right off the bat

    • therealjr - May 26, 2012 at 1:28 AM

      A six hour trip in a pimped out jet that makes First Class look like a Greyhound bus. Please, travel is so over rated.

      • namriverrat69 - May 26, 2012 at 4:54 PM

        It is not the comfot of the planes each team travels on but the time zone differences. The Kings more are used to them. They have a lot more time zone change travels over the course of their season. One would think that would be a slight advantage to the Kings.

        This series is going to boil down to which goal tender can stand on his head longest. No matter who you’re team is you’ve got to admire Quick’s toe save while on his back in game 5 against PHX.

        LONG LIVE THE KINGS!!!!!!!

    • killerpooh - May 26, 2012 at 11:12 AM

      Au contraire, Grasshopper ..

      Kings have already had relatively long layoffs between rounds 1 and 2 and rounds 2 and 3. They won games 1 and 2, on the road, in both situations. In fact, the Kings are an NHL record 8 and 0 on the road this playoff season.

      Second, no west coast team is a stranger to extended travel. The Kings, Sharks, and Canucks routinely log more flying time than most jet-setters.

      The Devils, however, may not like the transition to the West Coast, after 5+ hours on an airplane. Remember that most of the Devil’s travel involve very short flights (Boston, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Montreal, … ) or bus rides (NYR, Washington (maybe) ..)

  8. dawglb - May 25, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Someone in 7. Flip a coin.

  9. greej1938l - May 25, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Devils in 7. Going to be some great puck!!

  10. geshtahl - May 25, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    I’ll go Devils in 6. Only because of the controversy revolving around Brown. Not the brutal hit on Rozsival (which was CLEAN btw, I agree with JR), but for the diving. To import a baseball perspective, Tony LaRussa once said “The Elephant never forgets” if this remains true for Brown’s diving (embellishing, drawing penalties, call it what you will) the Kings could be in trouble.

    • nicknyhc - May 25, 2012 at 11:54 PM

      Did you watch tonight’s game? Devils were diving left and right. Brodeur on the bs goaltender interference, that other guy on the bs high sticking call against Del Zotto. Marty is one of the all time greatest divers behind the net.

  11. highlander24 - May 25, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    We want Los Angeles Kings in however many it takes. I’d love to win at home and in 4 though. Hopefully we can. I think it’s our year. Let’s just keep up our winning ways and give this city what we deserve. LORD STANLEY’S CUP IN A NEW HOME!!!! LA!!!! WE LOVE LA!!!! GO KINGS GO!!!!

  12. Stiller43 - May 25, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Kings in 5

  13. nicknyhc - May 25, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Kings in 6

  14. mydadyourmom - May 25, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Devils in 6.

  15. flyeredup - May 26, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    HEY! Rangers Suck! Rangers Suck! Rangers Suck!

  16. barkar942 - May 26, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    I don’t really care now who wins, but I will tell you that the advertisers will lose! This will be the lowest numbers in the last 10 years for ratings.

  17. jason9696 - May 26, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    The Kings played way better teams than the Devils did to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. Kings in 6.

    • cuffhimbanano - May 26, 2012 at 12:56 AM

      Anaheim said the same thing in 2003.

    • gfauthjr - May 26, 2012 at 10:24 AM

      ARE YOU KIDDING!! THE DEVILS BEAT THE FLYERS WHO BEAT THE TEAM EVERYONE THOUGHT WOULD WIN THE CUP, PENS! THEN THEY BEAT THE RANGERS WHO WERE SUPPOSED TO DESTROY THE DEVILS WITH “KING HENRIK” AND YET HERE THEY ARE PLAYING FOR THE CUP! DEVILS IN 6

  18. sjsharks66 - May 26, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    I say devils in 7. Going to be a great series though, 2 great players in net and tons of offense on both sides.
    The kings need to work on their PP of they’re going to win, the devils PK is just as good as the Kings. I sense a lot of SH goals.

    • killerpooh - May 26, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      The NJ PK was the best in the regular season but is currently vacationing at the moment, being somewhere around 75% (74.2%) whereas the Kings PK is 91.2%. While the last PP the Devils had (in game 6 vs. NYR) was a thing of beauty, it is unlikely in the extreme that the Devils will reproduce that against the Kings PK.

      And, let us not forget 5 SHG ..

      As in every series, there are a series of X-factors. Both teams will roll 4 lines. Good defensive schemes can eliminate top scorer, so the Kings should be able to limit Kovalchuk’s line as the Devils should be able to limit Kopitar’s line. Having said that, I don’t think the Devil’s have an answer should Penner (6′ 4″, 250 lbs, depending on the number of pancakes he had for breakfast) decides to play the way he has played since Darryl Sutter lit a fire under his rather large butt.

  19. blomfeld - May 26, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    “I JUST CAN’T HELP BELIEVING”

    that the Kings take it in “six” … though probably less ! :)
    cause that’s how I voted friends ! … and not so much because I love the LA Kings, but more so because I’m a “realist” (ie: a lover of fact). What we’re witnessing here is a “juggernaut” driven by destiny, which knows no bounds on it’s march to ultimate victory ! I’d have preferred it if we could have had the Rangers for supper. However these Devils will do just fine, thank you very much. :)

    LONG LIVE THE KINGS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! … GO KINGS GO FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • joethorntonisclutch - May 26, 2012 at 4:48 AM

      Can anybody imagine what these comments are going to be like if the Kings “lose” ?

      • theageofquarrel - May 26, 2012 at 10:34 AM

        Hopefully we won’t have to see any more stupid Elvis videos

      • namriverrat69 - May 26, 2012 at 5:11 PM

        If we Kings fans lose we will be a heck of a lot more gracious than all the Coyote fans. What a bunch of losers. If I was a PHX player I would be embarrassed. Wait a minute, that is the Coyotes who showed as much class as their crappy fans. Absolutely no class, actually a step below no class. You’ve gotta love classless ASU Junior College and it’s ability to influence rest of PHX fans.

        We are not going to lose though.

        LONG LIVE THE KINGS!!!!!!!

      • blomfeld - May 26, 2012 at 8:09 PM

        Please enjoy friend …

  20. grillmarks - May 26, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    Devils in 7

  21. rake661 - May 26, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    KINGS in 5….. 4 away Wins and 1 home…..

  22. rake661 - May 26, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Nobody can Stop the Kings Defense!!!!!!! Go KINGS

  23. NJgriffNC - May 26, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    Devils in 6.

    Could see Devils in 7. This is going to be such a close series, and when that’s the case I feel coaching makes the difference. DeBoer has been great and his team has mirrored his discipline and resolve. Definitely gonna be a low scoring series (obv). Quick is the better goalie right now, but the Devils will lock down the Kings’ attack just like they did to slightly more potent offenses in the Flyers and Rangers. Brodeur is such a good guy, he more than deserves this last Cup. His ‘mates know it. -Flyers fan

    • dannymac17 - May 26, 2012 at 3:10 AM

      the rangers offense is more potent than the kings?

      delusional.

      • NJgriffNC - May 26, 2012 at 3:22 AM

        Rangers 11th in the league in goals per game this season. Kings 29th. You shouldn’t be throwing around strong words like delusional, especially when you’re wrong.

      • dannymac17 - May 26, 2012 at 3:30 AM

        I didnt realize that included the playoffs

        oh wait it doesnt and the kings are in the finals.

        shut up.

    • killerpooh - May 26, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      The Kings to a man have bought into Darryl Sutter. They even use the same sort of words during press conferences, except for Dustin Penner, who may be the biggest fanboy of Sutter in the King’s dressing room. Thus the Kings mirror Sutter’s resolve and discipline, and that, my friends, is legendary.

      Ilya Kovalchuk was quoted as saying “the Kings haven’t seen a team like us”. Quite so, but the opposite is even more true. The Devil’s had problems when the Rangers started to forecheck, and the King’s forecheck this postseason has been relentless. As good as the Devil’s forecheck has been this postseason (and it has), the King’s forecheck has been better.

      Yes, the Kings had little or no offence during the regular season, but this current King’s team bears little resemblance to the Kings of December 2011.

  24. sjsharks66 - May 26, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    @rake, you do know it only takes 4 games to win rite?

  25. joewilliesshnoz - May 26, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Devils in 6, and the Flyers still suck .

    • gfauthjr - May 26, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      and swallow!

      • theageofquarrel - May 26, 2012 at 10:33 AM

        1975!!!! and counting

  26. caniacx4 - May 26, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    LA LA LAND, IN 6

  27. ih8dumbpeople - May 26, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Not a fan of either team. With that being said I guess new jersey fans are stupid. did you forget that the kings beat the vancouver and saint louis. way better teams then new jersey. you must of also forgot that the kings have not lost an away game yet. oh yeah by the way new jersey almost lost against florida so that’s how good you are kings in 4

    • gfauthjr - May 26, 2012 at 10:32 AM

      neither vancouver or st louis know how to win in the playoffs! devils organization has been there since 1988. thats a lot of experience. not to mention the assistant coaches, larry robinson 8 rings, and adam oates one of the best special teams players ever! devs in 6

  28. bruins2011 - May 26, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    kings take it in 5 and remain perfect on the road

  29. buffalomafia - May 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Devils in 6

  30. ih8dumbpeople - May 26, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    so your argument is that the doubles have a great coaching staff. larry robinson this adam oates that last time I checked idiot they don’t score goals. you act like the rangers are such a great team I guess we all forgot the rangers biggest problem for the last years is they can’t score goals not even a good sure all washed up goaltender and if you’re so good why is your captain going to leave oh yeah I almost forgot you almost lost to the panthers

  31. sbrowncreative - May 26, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Strong words from hatedumbpeople…

    Almost losing to Florida is called winning. Idiot.

  32. capsrockva - May 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Go Devils

  33. devilscup950003 - May 26, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Rangers suck!rangers suck!!!!!!!!!got that out of the way…..I noticed the travel dates and seems to me the kings might have an edge w/days off between games 1&2 to get use to time difference and only 1 day off between 2&3 wtf!!I hate to say that but that’s just my gut.any thoughts?and not from hacks who just want to blindly spout off about their team.I’m a fair and open minded fan who loves the devils and hockey…congrats kings see you in the finals.Devils in 7…….LETS GO DEVILS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. stakex - May 26, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    A few points:

    1. The kings have a ton of confidence after knocking off the top three teams in the West.

    2. The Devils will not have the luxury of playing a very tiered team this time around. In fact, the Kings should be nice and rested having played only 15 games so far (The Rangers had played 14 before the last series started).

    3. Brodeur was only good to average against the Rangers. Sure he made some big saves, but he also allowed quite a few soft goals. Doing so against the Rangers proved not to cost the Devils… but giving up soft goals to a team with a very hot offense could be a disaster.

    Quick on the other hand has been a rock, so long as the shots aren’t from center ice of course. The Devils survived because they were able to score some soft goals against Lundquist, who was not at his best the last two games. Not sure they will get that from Quick.

    ——————-

    When you crunch the numbers, I think the Devils will get a rude awakening against the Kings. Unless Brodeur plays better then he did against the Rangers, and unless the Devils can get to Quick… this series might be over quick (no pun). I have to pick Kings in 6, and thats not because I’m sore the Devils beat the Rangers.

  35. leafsfaninla - May 26, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Come on NBC , Bob Miller has been the voice on the Kings for 3 decades, bring him on to call the games ( in LA) so that he can enjoy the second time the Kings get to the SCF, bring him on!

  36. grandpoopah - May 26, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Whoever knocks out the Philly team tends to win championships lately. The last 3 Stanley Cup winners and the last 3 World Series winners all knocked out the team from Philly. Based not on that anomaly, but rather on their ferocious forecheck and excellent coaching staff, I’ll take the Devils in 7.

    Flyers were knocked out by:
    2011 – Boston, who went on to win the Cup
    2010 – Chicago, who won the Cup
    2009 – Pittsburgh who went on to win the Cup

    Phillies were knocked out by:
    2011 – St. Louis, who went on to win the Series
    2010 – San Francisco, who went on to win the Series
    2009 – NY Yankees, who won the Series

    The Eagles also were knocked out by the Packers who went on to win the Super Bowl in 2011.

  37. 1trojanlove - May 26, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Kings in game 4,5,6, or 7

  38. schusters3 - May 26, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Kings in 6!

  39. oside760 - May 29, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    kings in 4 ya friggin tards

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