DEVILS A FAVORITE TO DEFEND STANLEY CUP

May 23, 2001 9:19 PM
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The New Jersey Devils, who have won two Stanley Cups in the past six seasons including last season, opened —185 at The Mirage to defeat the Colorado Avalanche in the hockey finals (a best-of-7 series), which start Saturday night (5:05 p.m. PDT) in Denver.

The Devils, the Eastern Conference representative, are favored to win Game 1 at Colorado. The Devils opened —125 against the Alvanche, the Western Conference champs. At the Las Vegas Hilton, the Devils opened —120 there.

The total in Game 1 has been set at five goals at nearly all Las Vegas books.