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New Jersey went 2-0 against L.A. this season and it doesn’t mean anything

May 26, 2012, 11:58 AM EDT

Anze Kopitar, Patrik Elias AP

This season, the Devils are 2-0-0 against the Kings and while that might look like a solid small sample size, looking closer at their previous games tells us that history means nothing between these two.

Their first game came October 13, the third game of the year for both teams. For the Kings, it was their first game in North America after starting the season in Europe. The Devils won 2-1 in a shootout but Martin Brodeur played just one period after hurting his shoulder. Scoring for L.A. in that game? Simon Gagne. We won’t be seeing him in the finals despite him being symptom free from a concussion this season.

They would meet again two weeks later in Los Angeles with the Devils winning 3-0 thanks to a Johan Hedberg shutout. Dainius Zubrus scored twice with Patrik Elias netting the other goal on… Kings backup goalie Jonathan Bernier. Terry Murray was coach of the Kings at the time and he did so well he was fired midway through the season.

To sum it up: Two Devils wins that saw one come in the skills competition, both teams starting goalies combining to play 85 minutes (Brodeur 20, Quick 65), and one team that’s no longer playing like inconsistent, non-scoring crap. Let’s just go into these finals knowing that we know nothing at all about how they’ll match up on the ice.

  1. capsrockva - May 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Let’s Go Devils

  2. lordfletcher - May 26, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    New Jersey BADLY needs to win game 1, otherwise LA keeps on rolling.

    • danphipps01 - May 26, 2012 at 3:01 PM

      Yep. Game one is pretty much the key to the series. If the Kings win, they just keep rolling on like an invincible death-engine, and the Devils will be struggling mightily to steal wins the whole way down. If the Devils win, though… for the first time, the Kings are down in a series. Even if it’s only one game, that would be the first time the Kings were actually thrown off their warpath. It’s the best chance Jersey has to stop the sheer momentum the Kings have built for themselves.

  3. 1trojanlove - May 26, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Go Kings Go!!!

  4. killerpooh - May 26, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Those games were in October of last year. The Devils do not resemble the Devils of Oct 2011 and the difference in the Kings are even more blatant. Drawing any conclusion from those games is nonsense.

    BTW, Gagne is currently cleared for contact and is skating with the team during practice. There would have to be significant injuries before Gagne will dress for a game though.

  5. highlander24 - May 26, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    GO KINGS GO!!!!

  6. namriverrat69 - May 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM


  7. blomfeld - May 26, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    GO KINGS GO FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. sportsicareabout - May 26, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    I have Quick getting the MVP and the Kings taking it in 6. Just my opinion, Think he can make the big saves and that’s what matters. And that pick comes from a guy who has a personal grudge against Dallas, Florida, Tampa Bay, and LA because they are in hot places and hockey teams shouldn’t be in places like that.

  9. vindicatus - May 26, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    The Devils deposed one “king” already in these playoffs. They’ll take care of these pretenders to the crown as well.

    LET’S GO, DEVILS!!!!!

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