The Devils take on the Kings in Los Angeles on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.
According to STATS...
- The Devils fell to the Ducks, 3-2, in Anaheim on Thursday, snapping a five-game winning streak. In all five games, the Devils allowed two or fewer goals. That was their longest winning streak since a five-game run in February 2013.
- The Kings beat the Oilers, 4-2, in LA on Thursday, snapping a four-game losing streak. They've been a very streaky team, as they've already racked up three separate streaks of at least three losses, and two separate streaks of at least three wins. They're now 8-1-0 when scoring at least three goals, and 0-8-1 when scoring two or fewer.
- Since the teams met in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, their subsequent matchups have been pretty even, with the Kings going 2-2-2 in the six games between them. The Devils, with two overtime wins, have a slight edge in total goals, 11-10, and a significant edge in power-play percentage -- 23.1 to 10.0.
- Devils defenseman Damon Severson has impressed this year, with three goals and nine assists tying him for the team lead in points with Taylor Hall. In two years in the league, Severson has never amassed more than 21 points. He has seen significant time on the power play, averaging 2:55 of ice time with the man advantage, more than any Devils defenseman.
- Jeff Carter had a big game against the Oilers, notching a shorthanded goal and an assist, with the goal proving to be the game-winner. That was his third game-winning goal of the season, tied for the most in the NHL. With 13 points, he is currently leading the Kings in scoring, something he has not done in his time in LA -- he has finished second to Anze Kopitar in each of his full seasons with the team.
- The Kings' power play has struggled this year, dropping from 20.0 percent last year to 10.5 percent this year. The 9.5 percent drop is the biggest in the league. Meanwhile, the Devils have dropped from 19.9 to 13.0; their 6.9 percent drop is the sixth-biggest.
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