The New Jersey Devils have to find a way to get a win tonight in game two of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Los Angeles Kings or risk a trip to the West Coast in a 0-2 hole.
That is a position that they especially don't want to be in against a team as hot as the Kings. Los Angeles is 13-2 in these 2012 playoffs including a perfect 9-0 away from Staples Center.
That road record has allowed the Kings to jump out to a 2-0 lead over every opponent they have had this year and has given them at least a 3-1 lead by the end of the first four games.
The Kings downed New Jersey 2-1 in overtime in game one the same way they have been winning all year long, defense and goaltending. The Kings blocked shots and frustrated the Devils shooters all night long.
Kings goaltender Jon Quick only had to stop 17 of the 18 shots he saw for the win, including just two shots on net in the overtime period.
In order to pick up that pace and find a way to even up the series the Devils are going to have to get many more shots on Quick.
The Kings, on the other hand, will keep doing what they have always done in an effort to put themselves in a commanding position before the series switches back to Los Angeles for game three on Monday.
Where to watch: The game can be viewed online at FirstRowSports. It will also be broadcast nationally on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.
Prediction: Los Angeles looks like they are unstoppable so far in these playoffs. They were dominant through the first few rounds and it doesn't look like that is going to derail in this series.
Predicted Score: Los Angeles over New Jersey 3-1