The last goaltending showdown between Jonathan Quick of the Kings and Martin Brodeur of the Devils was in October.
The game ended 1-1, with New Jersey scoring twice in the shootout for the 2-1 win.
(The Devils also won a second meeting, 3-0. But the back-up goalies played that night.)
No one will be shocked if the Stanley Cup Final mimics that October result, with goals scarce and games are undecided after 60 minutes.
But it would also be no surprise if this series ends in a hurry.
The Devils were sixth in the East this year, while the Kings crawled to an eighth-place finish in the West before roaring through the first three playoff rounds.
Those results suggest both teams had trouble winning consistently this season, raising the possibility that one of them might suddenly run cold.
- Wednesday, May 30: Kings at Devils, 8:00 p.m. (CBC, NBC)
- Saturday, June 2: Kings at Devils, 8:00 p.m. (CBC, NBC)
- Monday, June 4: Devils at Kings, 8:00 p.m. (CBC, NBC Sports Network)
- Wednesday, June 6: Devils at Kings, 8:00 p.m. (CBC, NBC Sports Network)
- *Saturday, June 9: Kings at Devils, 8:00 p.m. (CBC, NBC)
- *Monday, June 11: Devils at Kings, 8:00 p.m. (CBC, NBC )
- *Wednesday, June 13: Kings at Devils, 8:00 p.m. (CBC, NBC)
(* if necessary)
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