Wednesday, June 6, 2012
W2W4: Devils at Kings
By Mike Mazzeo
At a glance: Down 3-0, the Devils will try to stave off elimination in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday night in Los Angeles. The Devils have never been swept in 42 best-of-seven series -- the longest active streak in NHL, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Kings are one win away from their first championship in their 45-year franchise history.
Bucking history: The 1942 Maple Leafs are the only team in league history to ever win the Cup after trailing 3-0. Only three teams all-time have ever recovered from such a deficit: to win a playoff series: the Leafs, the 1975 Islanders and the 2010 Flyers.
Changes: Devils coach Peter DeBoer has elected to insert Petr Sykora and Henrik Tallinder into the lineup in favor of Jacob Josefson and Peter Harrold. Sykora has not played since Game 3 of the conference finals, while Tallinder has been out since mid-January with a blood clot in his left left lower leg.
Good to be Kings: Los Angeles is 15-2 this postseason, 10-0 on the road and has outscored its opponents 49-24. The Kings have averaged 2.88 goals per game, while allowing just 1.41.
Bad to be Devils: New Jersey has never led in the Stanley Cup finals and been outscored by the Kings, 8-2. The Devils have fired 74 shots on netminder Jonathan Quick -- he’s saved 72 of them. Quick is the favorite to capture the Conn Smythe if the Kings finish off the Devils in Game 4.
Powerless: The Devils are 0-for-12 on the power play in the series -- including 0-for-6 in Game 3.
From zero to heroes?Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk have been held off the scoresheet in the series. They combined for 10 points in New Jersey’s six-game series victory over the Rangers in the conference finals.