NHL Betting: Stanley Cup Finals Tips

The Los Angeles Kings have a 1-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals after taking the opening game on Wednesday night. Whilst it wasn't a high scoring game, it lived up to the billing as a physical and intense matchup which is likely to be a running theme considering the teams involved.

Anze Kopitar was ice cool on a breakaway chance as he deked his way past Martin Brodeur and fired home to end the game. It was the Kings' top line of Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Justin Williams that came up big in OT after their fourth line had stepped up early in the game when Colin Fraser gave them the lead.

After the disappointment of dropping a game at home, the Devils can be satisfied with their defensive effort but have been talking about creating more opportunities against the high pressure strategy that LA use. That's easier said than done but they did have some good openings, particularly in the first period but it's a case of sustaining that pressure and keeping their opponents pinned in their own zone.

Betting starts with both teams equal at 2.55 to win and 1.90 including overtime. It promises to be another tight affair with odds of 3.55 on a tie after 60 minutes but I fancy NJ to tie the series here. Going 2-0 down against this Kings team would on previous evidence seem to be too much to come back from so they will be fired up tonight.

Best Bet: Fewer than 4.5 total goals at 1.80