So the Devils are still alive as we reach Game 5 of the series; the Los Angeles Kings remain one win away from the Stanley Cup but they will be wanting to quash any New Jersey revival as soon as possible. They're going to have to silence a very noisy Prudential Center if they want to do it tonight, with Devils fans now harbouring that slightest bit of hope that an epic comeback could be on the cards.
It was scoreless through two periods on Wednesday thanks to some great play by Martin Brodeur and Jonathan Quick between the pipes, but New Jersey had to get ahead twice in the third to win it. Rookie Adam Henrique scored the game winner, controlling the puck expertly with his skate before firing high past Quick to make it 2-1.
Evidence suggests that the Kings are unlikely to be riled after taking a loss – just ask Vancouver and Phoenix. LA are also unbeaten in their away games during these play-offs. Only the realisation that this time the finish line is in sight could derail them in my view, but they have been too good to let this slip.
LA will start the game as slight favourites at 2.50, with New Jersey are just behind at 2.60. I see it ending tonight though, with the Kings crowned champions. As both of their earlier wins in the series came in OT, there's a good chance that it'll go on longer than three periods here too.
Best Bet: Los Angeles Kings to win including overtime at 1.86