Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: Devils Who Must Step Up to Keep New Jersey Alive

June 5th, 2012 by Tim Keeney Leave a reply »
If the New Jersey Devils are somehow going to come back from a 3-0 deficit against the Los Angeles Kings, they are going to need a lot of help.

And a lot of players to step it up. 

The Devils have scored just two goals in three games which means, more than anything, their centers and wings are going to have start making something happen.

It's not easy against Jonathan Quick, but if the Devils don't want to be (further) embarrassed in the Stanley Cup finals, certain players must step up.

Here's a look at who those players need to be. 


Ilya Kovalchuk 

In three games against the Kings this series, Kovalchuk has put up a whopping five shots, with zero of those actual going on a goal. 

For a guy who has netted seven goals and a shot percentage of 11.1 on 63 shots during these playoffs, those are some bad Stanley Cup finals numbers.

Kovalchuk has to find a way to get involved. Even if he doesn't increase his shot total in Game 4, Kovalchuk, who has handed out 11 assists during the playoffs, needs to find his teammates for some better opportunities at t ...

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