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Just like the previous rounds my predictions where 50/50 in the Conference finals. I had the Kings making it through but not the Devils. New Jersey has been one of those teams this year that is hard to predict. When you look at the struggles they had against the Panthers in round one, you would never have guessed that they would be at the big dance but here they are. Here’s a question would the Devils have made it to the finals if they would of faced any other team in the Eastern final? Tough to say, but one thing is for sure the Rangers where not same team throughout the playoffs that they were during the regular season. That being said we got to give the Devils their due as they are back in the hunt and Marty Brodeur has a chance at winning a cup at the age of 40.
As surprising as the Devils have been the Kings have been that much more of a surprise. Raise your hand if you had the Kings making it to the finals while only losing two games in the process. It’s not so much that the Kings have made it to the finals that’s surprising, it’s more about the dominance that they have displayed getting there. They play a mean and disciplined game and Jonathan Quick is making a bid for the Conn Smythe Trophy.
Can the devils overcome the Kings dominance? I don’t really see that happening. Usually the Finals go to six or seven games but I have a feeling that the Kings will make this a quick series and take it five. In fact the only way I see the Devils taking it is if they manage to beat the Kings early and force the series to go long. If that happens we may get to see Marty hoist the cup one more time but if I had to my money on it, the Kings are simply too much too handle.