They lost the Cup-clinching Game 4 at home, but they haven’t lost a single game on the road during the playoffs. The Kings have proven beyond a doubt that they are road warriors but will they lose their mojo with the Cup in the house again? Perhaps. But consider this: The Kings are now 1-3 in Game 4s during this playoff run — and 14-0 in the rest of them. If Game 4s are the team’s only Achilles’ heel, expect them to be on the plane back to LA with the Cup on Saturday night.
Will Dustin Brown snap his slump?
The Kings captain was arguably their best forward in the first three rounds of the playoffs. Brown scored clutch goals and delivered big hits. But he's been barely noticable in the Cup Final. If the Kings are going to win it all Saturday night, they could really use a big game from their emotional leader.
Are the Devils’ big names back?
After floundering at the start of the series, New Jersey’s stars finally stepped up. Patrik Elias and Adam Henrique scored goals in Game 4 and Ilya Kovalchuk finally put up a point in the Final — even if it was an empty-netter. The win may finally be what the Devils’ stars needed to snap out of their scoring slump in this final round, which may be bad news for the Kings. But those same stars need to do it again if they hope to last a little longer. After all, it’s their goaltender Martin Brodeur who makes the saves, but it’s the other players who need to score if they want to have a winning combination on the ice.
Is Jonathan Quick slowing down?
The Kings goalie followed up a Game 3 shutout by allowing two goals in the team’s loss to New Jersey. After facing only 17 shots in Game 1, Quick has been challenged more by the Devils, which has shown on the scoresheets. He just needs to be stellar in net for one more game to take a sip from Lord Stanley’s Cup, but that may be easier said than done if he can’t help the team lock up a win on Saturday.
Can the Devils keep the momentum going?
Unlike the Kings, who have quickly dispatched their opponents in the postseason, the Devils have had to stick it out. They played seven games in the first round, "only" five in the second, and had to use six games before they could finally get by the New York Rangers. The team doesn’t burn out by the second half of a series and their Game 4 win with their backs against the wall proves they can play when the chips are down. Plus, they’re back at home . . . against a team that hasn’t lost a game on the road. New Jersey fans have to hope that the win in LA has given their team some needed confidence.