Betting News: Kings, Devils Open Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday

The Stanley Cup finals online sports betting will begin on Wednesday 5/30/2012 with two unlikely finalists representing their respective conferences. The Los Angeles Kings qualified for the playoffs in the eighth and final position in the Western conference, barely squeaking in and drawing the defending conference champion Vancouver Canucks in the opening round.

However, after winning four of five games to eliminate Vancouver, the Kings swept the St. Louis Blue before taking four of five from the Phoenix Coyotes to reach the finals. Meanwhile, the New Jersey Devils withstood a tough test from the Florida Panthers in the opening round before knocking off a couple of Atlanta division rivals as the underdogs against both the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers for another chance to bring home the Stanley Cup.

Goaltending has been the biggest key for both teams so far and will highlight the matchup for the finals, with New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur starting opposite Jonathan Quick for Los Angeles.