Martin Brodeur is a three-time Stanley Cup champion and likely a future Hall of Famer. But the Kings seem to have solved the Devils netminder's only weakness: shooting low, blocker side. L.A. scored both of its Game 2 goals by picking that spot, including Jeff Carter's OT winner. Is time catching up to Brodeur? If the Devils go down 3-0 in this series, the answer to that question is yes.
Where are the Devils' stars?
Ilya Kovalchuk (pictured) still has the most points in the playoffs but the Devils’ star winger has been lackluster with just three total shots on goal in Games 1 and 2. Captain Zach Parise followed his minus-2 performance in Game 1 by being held off the scoresheet in Game 2 despite leading the Devils forwards with four shots on goal. If the Devils' stars can't reach the puck and score, this Stanley Cup Final will end quickly.
How will two OT losses affect Devils?
For the Kings, overtime has been a part of their winning formula so far. But the Devils have pulled it even -- and then lost. New Jersey is in an 0-2 hole with two heartbreaking, extra-time losses and it will now must win at least one game in enemy territory in order to play again at home. New Jersey will have to find a way to brush it off and move on, which is easier said than done in the Stanley Cup Final.
Will home crowd be a factor?
Casual sports fans may think of Los Angeles as a basketball town, but the city's hockey team also has a loud and dedicated fanbase -- and they've been waiting for this moment since the last time the team made it to the Stanley Cup Final in 1993. The Kings will need to ride the crowd’s excitement by scoring the contest’s first goal, like they did in Games 1 and 2. Taking the crowd out of the game should be high on the Devils’ priority list, and only a strong start will get them there.
Can Doughty continue his winning ways?
Drew Doughty has proven his worth in the past few games, picking up four points in the past four games, capped off by a spectacular goal in Game 2. If he can continue his defensive run, Doughty will be able to prove exactly why the Kings picked him up with the second overall pick in the 2008 draft.