Kings vs. Devils: L.A. Will Continue Road Dominance to Win Stanley Cup

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJune 9, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06:  Goaltender Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings looks on in the third period of Game Four of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final against the New Jersey Devils at Staples Center on June 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles has won 10 consecutive road games in 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. 

They aren't done yet.

The Kings will win No. 11 on Saturday night.

The Kings have yet to lose consecutive games this postseason. Against Vancouver and Phoenix, the Kings have bounced back after a loss at home to win on the road.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06:  Goaltender Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings makes a save against the New Jersey Devils during Game Four of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Christian
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Jonathan Quick has been sensational in the postseason, but he shines brightest when the team needs him most. Following the Kings two losses, Quick saved 26-of-27 shots against Vancouver in Game 5 and saved 38-of-41 in an overtime victory against Phoenix in Game 5. 

Quick has been incredible with the timeliness of his saves. When Los Angeles' stifling defense cracks, the 26-year-old goaltender is there ready to make the save.

Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty and Rob Scuderi are a combined plus-51 this postseason. Scuderi and Doughty have been great on the blue line and Kopitar and Brown are playing solid two-way hockey.

Kopitar leads Los Angeles in points (19), goals (eight) and assists (11). Brown is performing like a captain should. He's playing well on both sides of the ice, throwing his body around and providing 17 points of offense.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06:  Anze Kopitar #11 of the Los Angeles Kings and teammates celebrate Drew Doughty #8 (not pictured) power play goal in the third period of Game Four of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final against New Jersey Devils at Staples Center on June
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Doughty is playing a boatload of minutes (26:06) per game, providing 14 points of offense and is performing well on the power play. Scuderi is blocking shots, getting into passing lanes and playing sound, fundamental hockey. 

Each are playing more than 20 minutes per game. They are being asked to provide a wealth of production on different levels and they all are responding to the challenge.

Quick and the defense have only allowed five goals in this series, and 27 goals in the entire postseason. Los Angeles has been putting on a clinic and guys like Kopitar and Brown are leading the way with their performance. 

When you see your stars performing on both ends of the ice, one can't help but to provide the same type of production and effort. 

Winning on the road in the NHL is supposed to be difficult but Los Angeles is making it look simple. They thrive on being the "bad guys" when they step onto the rink. 

Come Saturday night the "bad guys" will be doing something the home folks wish their team could be doing—hoisting the Stanley Cup.