Stanley Cup Finals Schedule 2012: L.A. Kings Will Steal Another in New Jersey

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Stanley Cup Finals Schedule 2012: L.A. Kings Will Steal Another in New Jersey
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The Los Angeles Kings have been battling their way through the playoffs doing the improbable, so stealing another victory in New Jersey shouldn't be too difficult for this team.

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals wasn't a high-scoring affair but it was a game in which the Kings struck first thanks to Jordan Nolan and the team seemed to be in control for much of the bout.

Though the New Jersey Devils were able to tie the contest up before regulation ended to force overtime, Los Angeles looked as it always has on the road this playoff season: cool, collected and victorious.

The Kings are 9-0 on the road this postseason and have only lost two games since the spring has started, leaving the Devils without many stats to point to if they're looking for something to ease the Game 1 loss.

L.A. head coach Daryl Sutter commented on his team's road success to Neal Davidson of the National Post, stating: "I’m aware of it — every time you bring it up."

New Jersey showed in Game 1 that even when it doesn't look to be playing its best hockey, it can hold tough with its opponents, but losing a close game is still losing.

The Devils weren't a heavy favorite to make it to the final round of these playoffs either, but the Kings have had to defeat better teams to make it to where they are.

Sutter's squad knocked off the top three seeds in the Western Conference in the Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues and Phoenix Coyotes.

The Devils did defeat the Florida Panthers, Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers, but the edge goes to Los Angeles in regards to which team had the harder road to the finals.

This series is going to continue to be a low-scoring one considering future Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur is in goal for New Jersey and red-hot Jonathan Quick has been nothing short of brilliant this postseason.

That being said, Quick has to have the greater confidence of the two after Brodeur let in the game-winning overtime goal to Anze Kopitar in the first bout between the two squads.

I understand that Brodeur is as experienced as they come, but letting in the goal that cost your team the first game of the finals would rattle any goalie to some degree.

These two teams will continue to deliver a riveting series, but given L.A.'s road success and the dramatic fashion to its Game 1 victory, it should be able to pull off another win away from the Staples Center.

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