Stanley Cup Finals 2012: Game 5 Live Stream, Predictions, Odds and Analysis
The Los Angeles Kings were bested by the New Jersey Devils in Game 4 on the heels of an amazing performance by Martin Brodeur. The Kings trailed 1-0, got a gift power play and capitalized to even the score. Adam Henrique continued to be a clutch and silent assassin when he recorded the eventual game winning goal.
It was one game in which the Kings were not the best team on the ice. New Jersey was playing with confidence and desperation in order to get back in the series, and it worked for them in Game 4.
You can expect New Jersey to continue that style of play as they return home for Game 5. A win for New Jersey in Game 5 would really make things interesting.
Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Network
When: Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET, 4:30 PT
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Watch: NBC, CBC and RDS.
When: Wednesday, June 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET, 5:00 PT
TV: MSG Network (NJD), Fox Sports West (LAK)
When: Following Game 5
TV: NHL Network
Money Line (via Bovada)
Los Angeles Kings: (-110)
New Jersey Devils: (-120)
Series Results and Schedule
Los Angeles Leads 3-1
Game 1, Wednesday, May 30: Los Angeles 2, New Jersey 1, OT (Los Angeles Leads 1-0)
Game 2, Saturday, June 2: Los Angeles 2, New Jersey 1, OT (Los Angeles Leads 2-0)
Game 3, Monday, June 4: Los Angeles 4, New Jersey 0 (Los Angeles Leads 3-0)
Game 4, Wednesday, June 6: New Jersey 3, Los Angeles 1 (Los Angeles Leads 3-1)
Game 5, Saturday, June 9: Tonight at 8:00 p.m. on NBC, CBC, RDS
Game 6*, Monday, June 11: Staples Center at 8:00 p.m. on NBC, CBC, RDS
Game 7*, Wednesday, June 13: Prudential Center at 8:00 p.m. on NBC, CBC, RDS
Playoff Team Leaders
Los Angeles Kings
Goals: Anze Kopitar (8)
Assists: Anze Kopitar (11)
Points: Anze Kopitar (19)
+/-: Dustin Brown (+15)
TOI/G (Defenseman): Drew Doughty (26:05)
TOI/G (Forward): Anze Kopitar (22:08)
New Jersey Devils
Goals: Ilya Kovalchuk (8)
Assists: Ilya Kovalchuk (11)
Points: Ilya Kovalchuk (19)
+/-: Adam Henrique (+10)
TOI/G (Defenseman): Marek Zidlicky (24:01)
TOI/G (Forward): Ilya Kovalchuk (23:08)
Players to Watch in Game 5
Dustin Brown (LAK)
Brown was pretty silent in Game 4 and that was an oddity. Brown has been pretty effective for the Kings so far, and they will need another big effort out of Brown in order to capture the Stanley Cup.
Martin Brodeur (NJ)
If the Devils want to have a chance at a comeback, Brodeur needs to steal another game. Brodeur was sensational in Game 4 and he will have to match or surpass that performance in order for New Jersey to have a chance.
| 15-3-0 | 1.39 GAA | .948 SV percentage | 3 SO |
| 13-8-3 | 2.04 GAA | .921 SV percentage | 1 SO |
Projected Lineups (subject to change)
Los Angeles Kings
Dustin Brown (C) | Anze Kopitar (A) | Justin Williams
Dustin Penner | Mike Richards | Jeff Carter
Dwight King | Jarret Stoll | Trevor Lewis
Simon Gagne | Colin Fraser | Jordan Nolan
Rob Scuderi | Drew Doughty
Willie Mitchell | Slava Voynov
Alec Martinez | Matt Greene (A)
New Jersey Devils
Zach Parise (C) | Travis Zajac | Dainius Zubrus
Ilya Kovalchuk (A) | Patrik Eliás (A)| Petr Sykora
Alexei Ponikarovsky | Adam Henrique | David Clarkson
Ryan Carter | Stephen Gionta | Steve Bernier
Andy Greene | Mark Fayne
Bryce Salvador | Marek Zidlicky
Anton Volchenkov | Henrik Tallinder
Deciding Factor: Special Teams
Special teams could be the deciding factor in this game. In this series, the Los Angeles Kings have taken a lot of penalties, but their P.K. unit has been superb. They also have not capitalized on the power play throughout the playoffs.
If the Kings could find a way to break through and have some consistent success on the power play, it could be a deciding factor and a potential game-changing moment. Likewise, if New Jersey can find a kink in the Kings' armor, it could give them a leg up throughout the game.
Five-on-five play has been an area in which both teams have been comfortable, so that is why special teams could be a deciding factor in Game 5.
Prediction: Kings win 3-2
The Los Angeles Kings will complete one of the most dominant playoff runs in NHL history and win their first Stanley Cup in team history. New Jersey played with tons of heart and motivation in Game 4, but the Kings don't lose games back to back.
They have been a very consistent and straight forward team that bounces back after a loss.
The Kings have been the road warriors in the playoffs, and an 11-0-0 record on the road will make history.
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