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Time off between games isn’t bothering either team in the finals

Jun 2, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT

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With two days off between Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup finals, everyone’s a bit stir crazy to get back to the action. Not just the fans but the players and coaches are eager to get out there but if you think it’s going to affect them on the ice, you’ve got another thing coming.

Devils coach Peter DeBoer says the layoff between games doesn’t favor anyone in particular.

I don’t think it’s a perfect scenario, all the days off,” DeBoer said. “I don’t think anyone enjoys that. You want to play. You get to this point, you know, as coaches you get tired at  looking at tape, analyzing, you analyze it to death.  From a player’s perspective, you know, they have that nervous energy. The only release is dropping the puck and playing.”

“I don’t think it favors either side.  It is what it is and you just deal with it the best you can.”

The Kings have had their fair share of delays through the playoffs thanks to the NBA playoffs getting in the way, but Kings captain Dustin Brown

“We’ve had this a lot actually back in the earlier series just cause of the Staples Center scheduling with the Clippers and Lakers being there, we had a lot of two days in between so we’re used to it,” Brown said.

“It’s a little more difficult maybe sitting around when you’re not at home. But that’s all part of it.”

With the amount of rest both teams have had and with the ice at Prudential Center looking in much better shape this morning, expect Game 2 to help both teams get out that pent up aggression.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 2, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    I know it has be a ridiculously slow news day, but do we really need a post about how two days off won’t affect these teams? I’d rather see some hard-hitting reporting that gets to the bottom of what the breakfast was like at the Kings’ hotel this morning.

  2. footballer4ever - Jun 2, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    @ 1943mrmojorisin1971- ROTFLOL, that’s a hilarious comment.

  3. blomfeld - Jun 2, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    NJ Devils = Agents of Boredom

    All season long all we ever got was the “occasional” snippet about our LA Kings … but now after “crushing” the best which the NHL has to offer, you people actually have the nerve to start complaining about too much King’s coverage ? … the Los Angeles Kings will have their time “center stage” because they’ve earned it ! … and there’s nothing that you people can do about that !

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 2, 2012 at 10:54 PM

      Re-read my post. I want to know if Dustin Brown had the scrambled eggs or not. I just don’t care about how tired he tells the media he is.

  4. footballer4ever - Jun 3, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    I spent most of my sportstalk time in the PST blog, but i’ve decided to browse the hockey section comments and i’ve noticed quite a few post with Elvis Pressley videos linked to the messages. Was Elvis a hockey fan or what’s the real meaning in doing that? Can someone clarify this odd behavior?

    • blomfeld - Jun 3, 2012 at 12:48 PM

  5. footballer4ever - Jun 3, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Found the answer:

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  1. P. Kane (1724)
  2. P. Kessel (1491)
  3. M. Richards (1255)
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