Preview: New Jersey Devils vs Los Angeles Kings

New Jersey Devils vs Los Angeles Kings – Game 2 of 2 – November 21, 2013

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The New Jersey Devils will wrap up their second season series of the season at the STAPLES Center tonight in Los Angeles, California. The Devils and Los Angeles Kings will meet for the last time until next season. The Kings won the first game on November 15th, 2-0, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Nov 20, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; New Jersey Devils players Marek Zidlicky (2), Andy Greene (6), Jaromir Jagr (68) and Travis Zajac (19) celebrate after a goal in overtime as Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller (1) reacts at Honda Center. The Devils defeated the Ducks 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Devils are coming off of a pretty lucky overtime win over the Anaheim Ducks last night. The Ducks suffered their first loss, albeit in overtime, at the Honda Center this year. Jaromir Jagr scored the game-tying goal with about a minute left in regulation and Travis Zajac was credited with the own-goal committed by the Ducks.

Last night, it was Martin Brodeur earning his 7th win of the year. Tonight, Cory Schneider will try to get his 2nd win of the season but it definitely isn’t his fault. He has a 1.98 GAA, 3 overtime losses, and 5 regulation losses. He simply hasn’t had the same support from the offense that Brodeur has seemed to have gotten in his starts.

Speaking of offense, or lack thereof, Damien Brunner has been benched tonight and will be a healthy scratch making way for Mattias Tedenby. I think this is a good move for Peter DeBoer. It’s about time he decided to make a statement and Brunner has been struggling mightily since he got off to that hot start the first couple of games.

This will also be a great launching pad for Tedenby if he decides to send a very effective message.

Ben Scrivens has been white hot lately and the Devils will need to dig deep to get a few goals for Schneider.

The Devils are now 4-6-3 on the road and remain 6-3-1 in their last 10. The Kings are 8-3-0 at home this season and 7-2-1 in their last 10.

With a win tonight, the Devils can pull within 2 points of the second place Washington Capitals in the Metropolitan Division who have 25 points to the Devils’ 21. They are also 3 points behind the 7th place Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Standings.

Topics: Cory Schneider, Jaromir Jagr, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Travis Zajac

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