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Devils can set historic mark with win at Staples

Jun 4, 2012, 5:04 PM EST

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If the whole “avoid going down 3-0 and essentially losing the Stanley Cup” thing wasn’t enough motivation for New Jersey tonight, this puts it over the top — the Devils can be part of obscure NHL history!

From the ESPN Stats and Information Group:

History can be made in Los Angeles tonight. If the Devils win, it will be the 47th road win in the playoffs this season (road teams are currently 46-36). That would break the record set in 1987, when road teams went 46-41.

Ironic that this potential record would be set against the Kings, who’ve contributed greatly to the record by going a perfect 10-0 on the road.

As for 1987, that postseason was defined by a number of series where the road team dominated. The first-round series between the Islanders and Caps saw the visiting team win five of the seven games (including the Easter Epic, which the Islanders won in Washington  in the fourth overtime.)

The Prince of Wales final was a six-game series between Montreal and Philadelphia where the road team won five times; the eventual Cup champion Oilers won seven away games en route to hoisting Lord Stanley’s Mug.

All that said, it’s going to be a tall order for the Devils tonight. They’ll need to beat a Kings team that’s lost just two games this postseason and need to do it under unfamiliar circumstances. The Devils will be playing outside the Eastern Time Zone for the first time since making a three-game swing through Western Canada that concluded with a 2-1 win in Winnipeg on Jan. 14.

  1. underfurtherreview - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    The Devils are going to come up huge tonight. They haven’t been blown out in the past two and the Kings haven’t been putting up the impressive numbers they were in the past three series. The Devils are getting better and tonight is going to be a great game. The series isn’t over yet.

    • hrudey - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      The Canucks were going to come up big in game 3 too, as were the Blues (who were embarrassed) and the Coyotes (who had just imploded). Each series is different, and the Devils are certainly good enough to have a chance, but the thing that should frighten Devils fans is that to this point, the Kings haven’t put out their best effort and the Devils arguably did in game 2.

      • underfurtherreview - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:16 PM

        Is it that the Kings haven’t put out their best effort, or that their best effort was met by a stronger team than any that they saw in the Western Conference?

      • hrudey - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:48 PM

        I can’t respond to underfurtherreview directly, but I think tonight’s game answers that question.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      I would like too thank the communist team from Norf Jersey for participating in this years Stanley Cup playoffs but the end is here and its time to go back to your empty arena from October to April and give it another shot next year ! You will have plenty of time to work on some new fangled defensive system that ruins hockey with your overly disciplined boring coaching staff for next years playoffs with your 41 year old goaltender ! Happy Trails !

      • quizguy66 - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:12 PM

        @eiggles enjoy the 36-year wait until your next Ranger$ cup. And the most boring team in the playoffs was easily yours.

        -QG

  2. bensawesomeness - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Scheduling is completely unbalanced in this league if the Devils haven’t been outside of the Eastern Time Zone since January, when teams like Detroit, Nashville, St. Louis, Dallas, and basically the whole Western conference have to switch time zones like it’s a game.
    But nooooooooOOOOOooooo, heaven forbid we adopt the travel-balanced four-division realignment, that may make the eastern teams travel a tiny bit more.

    Anyway, can see tonight’s game going either way, looking forward to it, honestly couldn’t care less if ‘History’ is made.

  3. gregtheking - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    THIS IS THE STANLEY CUP. ALL THE GAMES MESS BE ON NBC CH 4 NOT ON “NBCSP” OR “MSNBC” OR “PRIME” THE TWO GAMES IN NJ WORE ON CH 4 NBC IN ALL OF THE U.S.A.. NOW IN LA THE GAMES ARE ON NBCSP.. COME ON LET EVERONE SEE THE GAMES ON NBC CH 4 NOT ON CHS 267/275/605/178/369………THIS IS THE STANLEY CUP..THE BIG ONE.. LET ALL SEE THIS

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