W2W4: Devils at Kings

June, 4, 2012
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At a glance: Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals on Monday night in Los Angeles is a must-win for the Devils. Los Angeles is just two wins away from capturing its first championship in franchise history and have been hot in the playoffs, leading 3-0 in their first three postseason series. The Devils clearly can’t afford to go down 3-0.

No changes: Devils coach Peter DeBoer kept his lineup the same, reuniting Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and Travis Zajac in an attempt to inject some life into an offense that has scored just two goals in the first two games of the series. Kovalchuk and Parise have been held off the scoresheet so far, though Kovalchuk did hit the crossbar with 18 seconds left in Game 2.

Kings of the Kings: While New Jersey’s stars have struggled, L.A.’s have shined. Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter have notched overtime game-winners, while Drew Doughty, who went coast-to-coast for a goal in Game 2, has looked like the best player on the ice.

Make it Quick: Kings netminder Jonathan Quick (14-2 overall, 1.44 goals-against average, .947 save percentage) has saved 50 of the 52 shots the Devils have fired his way. Both goals allowed by the 26-year-old have been on deflections. New Jersey must continue to pelt Quick with shots and get traffic in front of him. Obviously, the forecheck has been the Devils’ bread and butter, and must continue to be. Martin Brodeur has been quite good for New Jersey. Quick has just been a little bit better.

Powerless: The Devils have gone 0-for-6 on the power-play. That’s not going to get it done. The Kings haven’t scored on the man-advantage either, but they have two wins so it hasn’t mattered.

Strike first: The Devils haven’t led in the series. Getting the first goal -- especially on the road -- would be huge on Monday night.

Mike Mazzeo

ESPN New York Writer

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