Stanley Cup Finals Game 4: Los Angeles Kings Look to Sweep New Jersey Devils
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Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals is tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST. The game can be seen on NBCSN.
The Los Angeles Kings are looking for the sweep in the Stanley Cup Finals after winning two overtime games in New Jersey and then blowing out the Devils in Game 3.
Goaltender Jonathan Quick has been incredible for the Kings, posting a 1.36 goals against average and a .950 save percent.
Through three games in the finals the Kings have amassed 78 shots for eight goals where as the Devils have 72 shots for two goals.
The Devils would seem to have the advantage against the Kings in Los Angeles, as the Kings only losses during the playoffs this year have come at home. They have a 5-2 record at home, but an amazing 10-0 record on the road.
The Devils have a 6-5 record on the road during the playoffs and have scored 24 goals in those games. They have been shutout on the road three times during the playoffs, with one of those coming in Game 3 against the Kings.
Tonight's game between the Kings and Devils should be a low scoring contest, as the Devils will look to be tighter defensively after the 4-0 loss to the Kings on Monday.
For the Devils to have a chance at winning Game 4, they are going to need to improve on their power play. They are currently scoring on 15.4 percent of their power plays and the Kings have been averaging 12.94 penalty minutes a game.
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If the Devils can improve their power play, they will have a shot against the Kings. Unfortunately for the Devils it will be extremely difficult to do, as the Kings have posted a 92.8 percent on the penalty kill.
The Devils allowed two power play goals against the Kings on Monday and that simply can't happen again if the Devils hope to win. The Devils have a 73.1 percent on the penalty kill this postseason but fortunately for them the Kings have not been good on the power play, scoring only 10.1 percent of the time.
The leading scorer for the Kings is Anze Kopitar who has 18 points (8 goals, 10 assists) in 17 games this postseason and an impressive plus-15 rating.
The leading scorer for the Devils is Ilya Kovalchuk who also has 18 points (7 goals, 11 assists) in 20 games this postseason. The biggest difference between the two is that Kovalchuk has a minus-5 rating this postseason.
Kopitar is tied with two eliminated players as the leading goalscorer during the postseason, and Kovalchuk is tied with Kings forward Justin Williams for the league lead in assists.
There is only one player who has played for the Kings this postseason who is a minus player and that is Kyle Clifford, who has appeared in only three contests.
The Devils have six players who are minus during the postseason, including team captain Zach Parise who has 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists).
Quick leads all goalies with a 15-2 postseason record and Martin Brodeur is second at 12-8. Brodeur has posted a 2.09 goals against average and a save percent of .919.
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