A pair of overtime goals have given the Los Angeles Kings a pair of 2-1 road wins over the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Finals and a commanding 2-0 series lead heading west for tonight’s game three at Staples Center. Resident SprungOnSports hockey analyst Daniel Friedman answers the two biggest questions going forward.
What can the Devils do to get back in this series?
The Devils, I think have to get more traffic in front of Jonathan Quick. They need to get more screens and deflections. Quick’s going to stop just about anything he can see and so far, he’s seen just about everything. Also, the Devils haven’t been very good defensively.
How has Quick put together such an incredible postseason?
Well he’s been good all season and that’s something he certainly carried into the playoffs. When a goalie gets into a groove, it’s even tougher to get pucks by him. The defense is also doing a nice job in front of him. Sometimes, defenders can inadvertently screen their own goaltender or be in the wrong position but, other than a Devils goal that went off Slava Voynov and in the net, LA Kings defensemen have made sure just about every shot against Quick is one he can see, and he’s been stopping virtually everything he’s been able to see.