NEWARK - (AP) - The New Jersey Devils are in danger of becoming the latest team to be steamrolled by the Los Angeles Kings.
The Devils played one of their worst games of the postseason in dropping the series opener 2-1 in overtime Wednesday night here, and they can't afford another sub-par effort.
Lose two games at home to a team that has posted a 9-0 record on the road this postseason, and the guys who lug around hockey's biggest prize might start shining it in earnest after Saturday night's contest at the Prudential Center.
The situation is desperate for coach Peter DeBoer's team. While they missed chances to win the opener, they also made a slew of mistakes that ranged from bad dump-ins of pucks, being tentative on the ice, failing to shoot when the shot was there, and leaving the Kings open. The most glaring error came in the overtime when Anze Kopitar scored on a breakaway.
The problems can be fixed. The bad news is that the Kings weren't exactly at their best either, and still won.