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Dustin Penner #25 of the Los Angeles Kings checks David Clarkson #23 of the New Jersey Devils in Game Four of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center. The Kings travel to New Jersey on Saturday to hopefully take out the Devils on their home ice.
A win tonight would see the L.A. Kings bring home the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history, as the team faces off against the Devils Saturday night on their home-ice in New Jersey.
New Jersey lost the opening two games of the best-of-seven matchup against the Kings in Newark, improving L.A.'s road record to a league-record 10-0 this postseason.
Los Angeles won Game 3 at home before the Devils forced a return to the East coast with a victory in Game 4.
The Kings found the power-play success they were lacking in New Jersey when they returned home for Games 3 and 4.
If they can keep it going, Los Angeles might soon be a Stanley Cup champion for the first time.
The Kings failed to score on three chances in New Jersey, but still pulled out a pair of 2-1 overtime victories. Back in Los Angeles, they went 3 for 6 — connecting twice in their 4-0 win in Game 3 and once in a 3-1 loss in Game 4.
"We went with line combos instead of power-play combos," captain Dustin Brown said. "I don't know if that had anything to do with it. Ultimately, we're getting shots to the net."
Could something as simple as playing with more familiar linemates really make that much of a difference this deep into the playoffs?
"Actually, we did it in Game 3 because the score was 2-0 at that time, didn't keep the forward on the point," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "In the last game, actually the goal we did score was Mike Richards on the point with Drew (Doughty). It's more time and score and those sorts of things."
On the flip side, the Kings have been perfect on the penalty-kill, turning aside all 15 New Jersey power plays. Los Angeles was 6-for-6 in its 4-0 win in Game 3.
"We had some good looks on the power play (in Game 4)," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. "I know the numbers don't speak well. I know when you're zero-for-whatever, everyone is calling for change, 'Why don't you do this, why don't you do that.'
"The one thing about our team is we believe in what we're doing. Most nights it's about execution. I feel we've gotten good looks on the power play throughout the series. It's looked bad at points, credit to L.A. I think it's also looked real good, and we've gotten quality chances in other series, and prior series, we've stuck it in the net. We're going to stick with it. We're not a team that throws things out because they're not working."
Game 5 of the Stanley Cup starts at 5 p.m. PST and is showing on NBC Sports.