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.
For Devils fans, this is not the same team that New Jersey defeated twice in the regular season.
Most of the talk about the Devils and their run to the Stanley Cup finals has focused on Martin Brodeur, Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and Peter DeBoer. The guy who tends to get lost in all the talk is Travis Zajac.
New York superiority? Not in this case. The Kings have all the elements that you want in a hockey team. They have a powerhouse of a team that is threatening to make the playoffs a shambles.
Sean Hartnett shares his fearless Western Conference opening round predictions and reveals his Stanley Cup favorite.
Henrik Lundqvist vs. Jonathan Quick. The Vezina Trophy race has been described as a dead-heat. Well, is it?
Mark Streit was stunned to find himself alone and zooming in on Jonathan Quick in overtime. The Swiss-born defenseman took full advantage of the moment, backhanding the puck past Los Angeles’ All-Star goalie at 1:36 of the extra session to lift New York past the road-weary Kings 2-1 on Saturday.
Lundqvist continues to take his game to new heights. ‘King Henrik’ is starting to earn Hart Trophy consideration as he leads the NHL in save percentage and shutouts.
No matter what shape or form, the Rangers continue to find different ways to win every night. The one constant has been the sensational goaltending of Henrik Lundqvist.
The surging Kings look to extend their season-high road winning streak to four while trying to match the club record for consecutive games with at least one point Thursday night against the Rangers.