Stanley Cup Final 2012: Kings vs. Devils Game 6 Preview and Prediction

Ron Miller@@rfmiller80Contributor IIIJune 11, 2012

The New Jersey Devils will attempt to move one step closer to completing the improbable when they face-off against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center for tonight's Game 6.

After going down three games to none to the Kings, New Jersey has clawed their way back into this series.

With a 3-1 victory in Game 4 and a 2-1 victory in Game 5, the Devils know see themselves facing down a somewhat miraculous opportunity, the chance to force a decisive Game 7.

However, New Jersey's play in the two most recent games of this series have many believing a full comeback is well within the realm of possibility.

The Devils have simply begun to get the bounces that they had not been receiving in the first three games of their matchup with Los Angeles.Even though they have not completely outplayed the Kings, New Jersey has just found a way to win.

Despite the Devils recent surge of momentum, Game 6 is destined to be the hardest fought contest of this series thus far.

Los Angeles will have the benefit of an energetic home crowd that will have the Staples Center shaking at its foundation and the Kings will finally have a sense of urgency due to the Devils recent success against them.

In order to combat this advantage New Jersey must strike early. A goal in the first five minutes of this game would do wonders for the Devils moving forward in the contest. If the Devils can find a way to score the game's opening goal, I do not see them looking back.

New Jersey now not only has hope and pride, they have confidence. They believe they can beat the Kings and have found a way to do so.

With that said, the Devils are no longer playing with the house's money, a complete comeback is no longer viewed as a miracle, but as something that is extremely possible and very likely with a win in Game 6.

When all is said and done in Game 6, I see New Jersey coming out on top once again. The Devils mix of experience and confidence in the face of extreme adversity is quite astounding at the moment and a I just do not see them slowing down any time soon.

Martin Brodeur has outplayed Jonathan Quick in the past two games and the 40-year-old net minder looks as good as he did when New Jersey won their first cup in 1995.

I see either Ilya Kovalchuk or Dainus Zubrus getting the Devils on the board early. Kovalchuk has progressively settled in as this series has continued and Zubrus is due for a big goal, like the one's he scored in New Jersey's prior series this postseason.

If New Jersey can survive an early push by Los Angeles and counter it with a score of their own they will ride that momentum to victory.

Prediction: 3-1 Devils

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