The New Jersey Devils lost Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, 2-1 in overtime, to the Los Angeles Kings. With the way the Kings have rolled through the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs thus far, the Devils cannot afford to lose any more ground in this series. Devils head coach Peter DeBoer and his staff, which includes former NHL stars Larry Robinson, Adam Oates and Scott Stevens, needs to find a way to stop the Kings in Game 2 before heading to Los Angeles.
Although this is only Game 1, 76 percent of Game 1 winners have won the Stanley Cup since the best-of-seven format began in 1939. By losing Game 1, the Devils do not have history on their side, and playing for all the marbles creates desperation.
Let’s take a look at some adjustments the Devils must make in Game 2 to even the series. Game 2 is set for Sunday, June 2, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
*All statistics were collected from nhl.com and hockey-reference.com. All statistics are updated through Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals.