Sports Betting - Monday 14 May 2012 by

NHL Eastern Conference Final Rangers vs Devils

Start spreading the news! The No. 1 seed New York Rangers are set to battle the No. 6 seed New Jersey Devils in the NHL Eastern Conference Final. Separated by the just Hudson River, and 14 miles as the crow flies, Hockey Heaven has hit the New York area as Game One of the East Final goes tonight. We love this epic cross-state rivalry puck betting playoff series!

NHL Eastern Conference Final Rangers vs Devils

Rangers Roll On As Top Eastern Conference Seed

While they haven’t made it easy, the New York Rangers continue to roll on as the top seed in the 2011-2012 NHL Playoffs. After battling the pesky Ottawa Senators to a seven game quarterfinal series win, the Rangers got all they could handle, and then some, from the Washington Capitals in that seven game semifinal series win. Solid team effort nightly = NYR!

How close have the Broadway Blueshirts cut it in the first two rounds? Eleven of their first fourteen-playoff games have been decided by one goal. New York outscored Ottawa by a combined 14-13 count in the opening round. They followed that up by outscoring the Capitals by a 15-13 total score. New York topped New Jersey (228-226) in regular season goals for.

New Jersey Devils Quietly Advances As The Number Six Seed

New Jersey has flown under the radar during the 2012 NHL Playoffs. The Devils quietly put away the Florida Panthers in seven games to open the playoffs – by an 18-17 count. Then, in one of the more shocking series – of the many in this year’s postseason, the Devils shut down the high scoring Philadelphia Flyers to win their semifinal series (18-11) in five games.

Backed by the “freak of nature” that is New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur, the Devils have allowed just 2.33 goals per game through 12 contests. This series will go down to a battle of the greatest netminder in NHL history versus the player set to take the mantle as the best goalie in the greater New York area. Seasoned Star versus Rising Star – ya gotta like it.

If the Rangers can discover some scoring (2.07 GPG), Henrik Lundqvist will do the rest. King Henry has not allowed more than three goals in any of his fourteen 2012 NHL playoff starts – he allowed two or less in ten of those contests. The 14 game grind the Rangers have been on, through the first two series, is a concern to us – but we still like Boys from Manhattan here.

NHL Eastern Conference Final Betting Action Begins Tonight

Puck drop for Game One of this bitter cross-state rivalry series is slated for 8:00 PM ET on Monday, May 14, 2012, from the madness that will be Madison Square Garden in the Big Apple. NHL puck betting fans can get in on this Eastern Conference Final playoff wagering action with a simple sign-up at any of our top rated online sportsbooks. The road to Stanley is getting shorter. We like a cross-country – New York  vs. Los Angeles – clash in the Cup Final!

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