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Devils vs. Kings: Game 4 TV Schedule, Live Stream and More for Stanley Cup Final

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 04:  Drew Doughty #8 and Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrate after the Kings's fourth goal in Game Three of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final against the New Jersey Devils at Staples Center on June 4, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Kings defeated the Devils 4-0. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJune 5, 2012

If you have been living under a rock, you may have missed the first three games of the Stanley Cup Finals in which the Los Angeles Kings have beat down on the New Jersey Devils.

As Game 4 approaches, the Devils are facing elimination and the Kings are facing their first possible Stanley Cup in franchise history. Neither team wants to let Game No. 4 slip away.

Whichever squad ends up walking away victorious Wednesday will have earned it, with both teams sure to leave every ounce of effort on the ice.

 

Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.

When: Wednesday, June 6 at 8:00 p.m. EDT

Watch: NBC

Live Stream: CBC Sports

Listen: NHL Radio

 

Betting Line (Covers.com)

Over/Under: 4.5, Spread: Los Angeles -1.5

While this series has been predicated on great defense and even better goaltending, there is no tomorrow for the Devils if they lose; expect all guns blazing on Wednesday.

As much as I love the over here and would play it hard, I would stay away from the spread because this has “overtime thriller” written all over it.

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 04:  (L-R) Dustin Brown #23, Drew Doughty #8, Slava Voynov #26 and goaltender Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings congratulate one another after Game Three of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final against the New Jersey Devils at Stapl
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Injuries: CBSSports

Devils

None to report

 

Kings

Scott Parse, RW, Doubtful

Kyle Clifford, LW, Available

 

What They’re Saying

Late-night personality Conan O’Brien is a little confused on whom exactly the Stanley Cup was named after. I like his suggestion much better:

It’s my theory that the Stanley Cup is named after Paul Stanley from Kiss.

— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) June 3, 2012

Sports columnist and Bleacher Report’s own T.J. McAloon talks about the idea that two American goalies could win the Conn Smythe trophy back-to-back:

Lets say the Kings clinch on Wed. Has there ever been back to back American goalies who have won the Conn Smythe trophy? @NHL #stanleycup

— T.J. McAloon (@tjmcaloon) June 5, 2012

Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol decided to hop on the Kings bandwagon before his team eventually ships him out of town:

Watching my first ever ice hockey game!! @LAKings are up 1-0! #gokingsgo #StanleyCup twitter.com/paugasol/statu…

— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) June 5, 2012

 

Key Matchup: Jonathan Quick vs. Martin Brodeur

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 04:  Dwight King #74 of the Los Angeles Kings puts a shot under the leg pad of goaltender Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils in the second period of Game Three of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 4, 2012
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While there will be important matchups all over the ice, this series starts and ends with the men in between the pipes.

As great as Martin Brodeur is—possibly the greatest goaltender to ever play the game—the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs have been Jonathan Quick’s coming out party. He wants to send everyone home from this party with a big Stanley Cup smile.

For comparison purposes, let’s look at Brodeur’s amazing numbers from this postseason. In 21 games, the Devils’ netminder has a goals-against average of 2.09 and a save percentage of .919.

As great as those stats are, they’re nothing compared to the Conn Smythe-worthy numbers from Quick. The Kings’ star has a goals-against average of 1.36 and a save percentage of .950.

Those numbers just aren’t great, they’re legendary.

 

Prediction: Kings 4, Devils 3

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 02:  Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings tends goal against the New Jersey Devils during Game Two of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Prudential Center on June 2, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty I
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The Los Angeles Kings will win the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in history and do it in a four-game sweep in front of their home fans. What a storybook moment!

There is no doubt that Jonathan Quick will get his much deserved Conn Smythe trophy for being the MVP of the playoffs, but as it is every single season when that award is given, it must be noted how important the team around the star goalie was to getting that award.

The Kings took their strong, young core and surrounded them with stellar players like Mike Richards and Jeff Carter via trade. As much as it hurts to see Flyers West succeed, they have earned it and won’t need five games to win this series.

 

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