Found May 30, 2012 on
Queen City Sports:
By Lars Lewis
The New Jersey Devils, a team who walked through hell (well come to think of it, doesn’t sound so new for a devil) to get to the Final, and the Los Angeles Kings, who have created a Hollywood script for the ages, meet tonight in game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at 8PM on NBC.
Both teams took very different paths during the regular season, the Devils being criminally underrated throughout the year, posting a 48-28-6 record for 102 Pts. While the Kings fired their coach Terry Murray early in the season, his replacement Darryl Sutter led the Kings to a 37-19-7 record following Murray’s dismissal.
New Jersey’s head coach Peter DeBoer in his first season with the Devils, has brought aggressive and smart forechecking into his team, a polar opposite of past Devils’ teams and their infamous neutral zone trap. The Kings are almost cut from the same cloth, using an aggressive forecheck, commanding puck control in the opponent’s zone.
In my mind though, the biggest angle of this s...
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In the days leading up to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Devils and Kings, much was made of the matchup in net between New Jersey's Martin Brodeur and Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick.
The battle was touted as a clash between the league's aging old guard, the 40-year-old future Hall of Famer Brodeur, and its newest goaltending sensation, the 26-year-old Quick...
From Newark, NJ, take Interstate 95 north to Connecticut Highway 8. Then hop on Connecticut Highway 15 north. About 50 miles east of the New York-Connecticut border, you'll hit Exit 61 for Whitney Avenue, downtown Hamden.
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After systematically taking down seeds 1 through 3, the Los Angeles Kings anchored by Vezina and Conn Smythe trophy candidate Jonathan Quick will be facing its toughest challenge against an eerily similar opponent in the New Jersey Devils.
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Though the New Jersey Devils don't play today and haven't for the last few days, there have been some interesting news pieces floating around. Today, I'll touch on them.
- Martin Brodeur told TSN what we all expected yesterday: that he is leaning towards playing another season regardless of what happens in this series. Brodeur has shown throughout the season and playoffs...
Jonathan Quick has been outstanding this postseason, looking a lot like the unbelievable goalie he's been billed as for a few seasons. Quick has lead the Los Angeles Kings from the shadows of an eight seed in the Western Conference all the way to a Stanley Cup Finals berth. The talented 26-year-old will take the ice opposite three-time Stanley Cup champion Martin Brodeur on Wednesday...
Perhaps the most intriguing Stanley Cup Final storyline is the goaltending. While Martin Brodeur is a grizzled veteran getting set for his 200th career playoff game on Wednesday, Jonathan Quick will have just 27 postseason contests under his belt. Clearly, Brodeur -- who also has nine All-Star Game selections and three Stanley Cups to his credit -- has the superior resume and the...
*stats based on playoffs.
Match-up - Kings (12-2) @ Devils (12-6)
Road/Home records*- 8-0 -------------- 6-2
TV - NBCSN (HD), CBC (HD), RDS (HD)
Puck drop - 8:00 PM ET
Series score - 0-0
Projected starting goalies - Jonathan Quick (LA) vs. Martin Brodeur (NJ)
Battle of the stats
Goals for/against per game *
Los Angeles - 2.93 / 1.57
New Jersey - 2.83 / 2.33
Devils goalie Martin Brodeur with teammate Ilya Kovalchuk
An unlikely stage is set for this year’s Stanley Cup as two long shots will face off for a chance to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup. The New Jersey Devils take on the Los Angeles Kings in this year’s final as 6th and 8th seeds, respectively.
It’s the fifth trip for the Devils in their team history, coming away as champions...
Mark Fayne knew the puck was heading his way and he knew Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick was out of position.
When the New Jersey defenseman went to fire a rebound into a seemingly wide-open net, an untimely bounce off the unsettled ice turned a potential go-ahead goal midway through the third period into another dose of frustration for the Eastern Conference champions.
In the NHL, winning games on the road is a hard thing to do, and winning games on the road in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is an even harder feat. With a 9-0 record on the road this postseason, the Los Angeles Kings seem to have gotten winning on the road down to a science.When the Kings are on the road, they do the most important thing successfully, they take the home crowd out of...
If the Devils are going to win their fourth Stanley Cup, one would think they will have to be better offensively than they were in their overtime loss to the Kings in the first game of the Stanley Cup final Wednesday night. New Jersey mustered only 17 shots on Jonathan Quick in 68:13 of hockey as the Kings, kings of the road in these playoffs, took a 2-1 victory. Game 2 is Saturday...
Game 1 went to overtime and the game winner was scored by a center just trying to keep his team in the game.
Anze Kopitar found himself with the puck after a pass from Justin Williams and nothing but clear ice and New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur.
Kopitar deked Broudeur and put the biscuit in the basket giving his L.A Kings a 2-1 overtime win and a 1-0 lead in the best-of...
Arun MoraceEach year, the Conn Smythe Trophy is awarded to the playoff MVP at the conclusion of the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs. While the Stanley Cup Finals have yet to begin, here’s a quick look at the top five candidates from each of the two teams that will go head-to-head in a best of seven series, starting tomorrow.
Los Angeles Kings
5. Drew Doughty
- 10 points in 14 games...
Just as everyone predicted in the off-season, the New Jersey Devils and the Los Angeles Kings faceoff tonight in game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Sport Sofa takes a quick glance at both teams key areas.
Both these teams were plagued with scoring issues through the course of the regular season. Of course, we know, that means nothing now. Two dynamic...