We have polled several of our FHC writers to see who they think will win the Stanley Cup and why. We also asked them who they feel will win the Conn Smythe Trophy.
We polled six FHC writers and its dead even 3-3 as to who wins the Stanley Cup. Lets hope that this means we will see a long series, hopefully six or seven games as we are not ready for the hockey season to be over yet.
New Jersey Devils win the Cup in six.
The Devils won the season series 2-0 and will take down the Kings in this playoff series. The Devils power play is absolutely dominating right now at 18.2%, while the Kings are sitting at just 8.1%. Looking at the stats that wins games and playoff series like hits, blocked shots and face-off percentage the Devils and Kings are pretty even but New Jersey is ahead in hits and blocked shots. Both teams are very similar and should be an even series but the biggest difference will be what happens between the pipes and that is where experience will play a big part.
Martin Brodeur is playing like he is in his 20s. He is making the big saves look easy and will be the 2012 Conn Smythe winner.
Los Angeles Kings will win in five.
Kings have dominated the entire post season. They have a balanced attack getting contributions from three lines. But most importantly they have the better goalie and every series has gone to the goalie who performed better.
The Conn Smythe will go to Jonathan Quick.
Devils will win in six.
As much as I want to pick the Kings, they may still be a year or two too young and not playoff experienced enough.
Besides can anyone really bet against Martin Brodeur in the playoffs? He's playing well, seems like he has something to prove and the Devils as a whole are rallying together at the right time and look poised for another cup. Kovalchuk is rehabbing his image as a worker, Parise is showing his value to the Devils and for his upcoming unrestricted free agency and Adam Henrique continues to show no matter the level of play he's clutch.
I just can't bet against the Devils right now.
Martin Brodeur is your Conn Smyth winner hands down, since he is Mr. Playoffs... and now more than ever feels as though he has something to prove.
Kings take this in six games.
I think the Kings relentless forechecking will break down the New Jersey team. The Rangers didn't force this team into very many mistakes. The Rangers actually had their more success when trailing in games and being forced to dictate the pace and style of the game. I look to the Kings to set the tone from Game One on. The biggest issue for the Kings is I think their road winning ways will be tested with the cross-continental travel.
I think Dustin Brown will thrive in the Stanley Cup finals. So far Quick is probably the safest bet so far win the Conn Smythe, but I think a huge finals propels Brown into the echelon of Stanley Cup captains winning the Conn Smythe.
Devils in seven games.
The key is New Jersey's defense is if they can fend off the Kings's forecheck and play a patient opportunistic game, I like their chances. Both teams have great depth and stars that are performing well. The depth players honestly could be the difference makers through positive and negative impacts on the chance for their respective teams. The Devils will also need more magic from Brodeur. If he can steal a game or two, there could be doubt in the mind of the Kings, something that would be new to them in their current playoff run.
Martin Brodeur wins the Conn Smythe.
Los Angeles win the Cup in seven.
The Kings have been playing playoff hockey since Darryl Sutter took over as coach. They’ve faced adversity all season in just trying to make the playoffs and have ridden the the stellar play of Jon Quick all season, without whom they wouldn’t even be in this position. While the Devils are playing great, the Kings seem to have bonded into a killer group, knocking off previously dominant teams with ease. Carter and Richards were in the finals a few years ago and and will help Kopitar with the offense while Doughty has been rock-solid in front of Quick.
Jonathan Quick is the Conn Smythe winner.