Originally written on The Hockey Program  |  Last updated 6/9/12

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 28: Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Atlanta Thrashers at the Prudential Center on December 28, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Thrashers 3-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
    Now here we are........please note this obviously could be the last game of the season tonight. If not, the scene shifts back to Los Angeles on Monday. It is Wednesday already and time for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils. When you have an eight seed up against a six seed, one has to say that this is just highly unlikely and yet it happened. A sign of the casual fan invading this type of series would be what happened on ESPN SportsNation with 49 of 50 states picking Los Angeles to win the silver chalice when all is said and done in the next couple weeks or less. Polls are often very inaccurate and reflect public sentiment as opposed to talent. This is why we take it to the next level with simulations. Clearly New Jersey had something when Jonathan Quick looked behind him on a relatively innocent Zach Parise shot. Game 4 would change minutes later as the Devils went on to score three times in ...
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