Who’s primed to lift the Stanley Cup at season’s end? Hartnett has readied his fearless NHL predictions for the 2013 season.
The NHL’s return will bring fierce competition for playoff spots, faces in new places and two legends going for one last glory.
Martin Brodeur is leaning toward returning next season, but if this year’s Stanley Cup proves to be his last, the future Hall of Famer who wears number 30 will have played in 30 Final games, going 17 and 13.
Martin Brodeur isn’t entertaining thoughts of retirement or representing any team but the Devils, whom he hopes to lead back to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Devils have gone from the brink of being swept in four games to seizing the momentum due to their self-belief and even-keeled approach.
In the world of sports mind games, a good case be made that the Devils have planted a seed of doubt in the Kings and that the whiff of confidence is now in the New Jersey locker room.
The underdog Devils showed the fight needed to avoid a Stanley Cup sweep and unexpectedly brought the series back to Prudential Center for Game 5.
The season was one of redemption and guts for the Devils after missing the playoffs a season ago. They have the stomach to win a game and extend the series, but any more than that seems way out of their reach.
New Jersey simply cannot match ammunition with a loaded Los Angeles Kings’ roster.
Peter DeBoer believes the Devils will be ready to put in a better performance in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Colorful play-by-play voice Doc Emrick said it best Wednesday night: “The goaltenders have been sparkling.”
The Devils had plenty of chances to score on Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, but they cashed in only one in their 2-1 overtime loss Wednesday night.
The Devils have been the overlooked team throughout these playoffs. Sure, they’ll push the Kings to the limit, but Los Angeles has shown the ability to win on the road.
Here’s a look at how the series breaks down. After all, the Devils are in the details.
Roughly two years ago, the Devils and Kings were the finalists for then-free agent Ilya Kovalchuk. Wednesday night, the teams will start fighting for a much bigger prize, the Stanley Cup.