Stanley Cup Finals 2012: 5 Things Must Change for Devils to Win the Cup

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Stanley Cup Finals 2012: 5 Things Must Change for Devils to Win the Cup
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With their win Monday, the Kings took a decisive 3-0 series lead against the New Jersey Devils. Wednesday night, they will look to close out the Devils to finish the playoffs with an astonishing 16-2 record in the playoffs.

For the Devils, the outlook is admittedly bleak. After playing two relatively even games, the Devils were handled by the Kings. And now, they fight for their lives.

There's no reason to think the Devils will win the series. They have not demonstrated that they know how to beat the Kings. They have two goals against Jonathan Quick in three games, and one of them was a lucky bounce.

Still, it's a best-of-seven series for a reason, and it's not over until the Kings get a fourth win. If the Devils can get back to the way they were playing in Games 1 and 2, they might win a game, maybe even two. If they play to their capability, every player actually producing like he should, they could maybe even push it seven.

However, this sort of thing rarely happens. Thrice in history, actually: The Maple Leafs came back against the Red Wings in 1942,  the 1975 Islanders rallied against the Penguins and most recently the 2010 Flyers crushed David Krejci and, consequently, the Bruins.

However, it's been done. Who's to say it won't be done again? However, a lot of things need to change for that to happen, and some are out of the Devils' control.

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