The New Jersey Devils had their share of struggles this season before surging to finish sixth in the Eastern Conference. After an unlikely run through the East to make the Stanley Cup Finals, coach Peter DeBoer and his squad have met resistance once again.
Though the Devils entered the Finals winning eight of their last ten, the Los Angeles Kings came to the Prudential Center in Newark with only two losses in the entire postseason.
In a pair of 2-1 overtime victories, the Kings' scorers were more opportunistic, their blueliners were more involved at both ends, and their goaltender carried the team to the 2-0 series lead they take back to Los Angeles.
Now the Devils are approaching the brink with more questions than answers. Here are seven things they will have to do if they hope to shock the hottest team in hockey and bring the Cup to New Jersey.