Devils vs. Kings: Game 3 TV Schedule, Live Stream and More for Stanley Cup Final
It's do-or-die time for the New Jersey Devils, who trail 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final after losing consecutive overtime games to the Los Angeles Kings.
Dropping a third straight game would all but seal the Devils' fate and assure the Cup would be heading west this summer. In other words, it doesn't get much more important for either side than Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.
If the first two games are any indication, you won't want to miss it. Below is all the information you'll need to assure that you catch every shot, body check and glove save from Los Angeles.
Who will win Game 3?
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
When: Monday, June 4 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Watch: NBC or streaming online via CBC Sports
What They're Saying
Steve Politi of the Star-Ledger knows that coming back against the Kings might be an insurmountable task for the Devils:
So now what? The Devils must win four out of five games against a team that has won 14 of its 16 games in this postseason. They must win two in Los Angeles and—maybe even a bigger challenge—at least one at home, because the Kings love the road more than Willie Nelson.
The situation is grim, to say the least. The Devils are frustrated with just about everything—bad bounces, bad luck, bad ice, bad karma, and most of all, a comically bad power play.
It seems daunting, but don't count the Devils out just yet.
Most Important Player to Watch: Ilya Kovalchuk
If there is one player who can end the Devils' offensive woes in this series—they've only scored one goal per game—and solve goalie Jonathan Quick, it's Kovalchuk.
He's certainly the Devils' most dangerous offensive weapon. Anytime he touches the puck, he has the ability to put it in the back of the net.
Zach Parise may be the heart of this Devils team, and Adam Henrique may already have two overtime winners in these playoffs, but the one player who is capable of cracking through the solid Kings defense and putting one past Quick on his own is Kovalchuk.
He needs to step up for the Devils in Game 3.
Key Matchup: Martin Brodeur vs. Jonathan Quick
Both goalies have been fantastic in this series. Brodeur has stopped 53 of 57 shots, while Quick has stopped 48 of 50 shots and been the key factor in both Kings wins. In all, Quick has held opponents to one goal or less in eight of the Kings' 16 playoff games this postseason—all wins for the team.
That's darn impressive.
With each team solid defensively and relentless on the forecheck, it looks like this series will continue to be a close, defensively-minded struggle. The action may be fast and furious, but the stronger team defensively will win this series.
That begins and ends with the goaltenders.
While the Devils need to get more going offensively, at some point, Brodeur will have to steal a game if the Devils hope to get back in this thing. I think the old, wily vet is capable of pulling off the feat.
I'm not willing to give up on this Devils team just yet. This series could just as easily be 2-0 in favor of them. I think they'll rebound and win Game 3 by a score of 3-2.
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