June 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) makes a save during the third period in game three of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals against the New Jersey Devils at the Staples Center. The Kings won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Royal pains for the Devils

Let’s ask the question one more time shall we? What on Earth has gotten into the LA Kings! They now lead the series 3-0! If the Devils don’t want to get swept they really need to figure out what the problem is and fix it. Let’s take some time to look into game three of the Stanley cup final shall we? Once again Quick was a stand out player. Not only did he come up with the huge saves, he also got a shut out. The Kings’ offense was connecting and making the big plays more consistently than the Devils. The Devils offense seemed scattered and weren’t connecting. The team that played tonight is not the same team that beat the Rangers to make it to the final. The next playoff game will be played in LA at the Staples center. It really is for or die time for the Devils. The next game decides their future. Either they get swept or they live to play another game. Game 4 Airs Wednesday June 6.

While the Devils are being discussed, Zach Parise’s contract is up at the end of the season. Could the Avalanche be in the running to sign him? He has connections to the team. He was roommates with Paul Stastny when the US national team played. Not to mention his offensive skills would be a great addition to the explosive and young Avalanche offense. Keeping an eye on the trades and signings to see his fate.

In Avalanche news, the ever feisty Cody McLeod to a three year contract. The man that is called Highlander by the fans is going to return. His aggressive style of play makes him a nuisance to play against. He racked up 164 penalty minutes over the course of the 2011-2012 season. He has reached the 100 penalty minutes milestone for five seasons in a row. He may play on the fourth line, but he has scored some big goals and always had his teammates backs. In fact he even scored a breakaway goal on Jonathan Quick. A feat that seems to be alluding the Devils. Also the captain will be making a return for the 2012-2013 season. Milan Hejduk will be coming back next season. The 2011-2012 season didn’t end in the appropriate way for Hejduk to retire. Avs fans would like the Duke’s last season to at least end in some sort of playoff run. Next season is a new chapter for the young Avalanche team and a playoff run is a possibility.  Hejduk has played with the Avalanche for 13 seasons and was a member of the legendary 2001 Stanley Cup team.


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