Stanley Cup Finals 2012: What the Devils Must Do to Beat the Kings at Home

June 2nd, 2012 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »
As negligible as the consequences appeared in the scoreboard in the wake of a 2-1 overtime loss, the New Jersey Devils set a terrifying tone for the opening game of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday.

Within the first two minutes and six seconds of action, they were called for three consecutive icings.

By the end of regulation, the Devils had been whistled for icing seven times as opposed to the two occasions the Los Angeles Kings committed the same infraction. In overtime, two more icings worked in favor of the visiting Kings and only one for New Jersey.

And although they occurred nearly a minute apart, it is worth noting that the Devils’ ninth and final icing of the night was the last stoppage of play before they surrendered the winning goal.

A more assertive defense and transition game on New Jersey’s part will be in order in Saturday’s Game 2. The Devils must cut down on L.A.’s time of puck possession and find a way to clear their zone by a more licit means.

Anything less can only bring on a similar vicious cycle from Wednesday’s series opener, wherein the Kings outshot the Devils, 25-17, ...

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