In four of the five games in this series, the Devils have held the Kings to two or less goals. In their two consecutive victories, New Jersey clamped down and stifled the Kings’ big guns, with Los Angeles mustering only one goal in both defeats. There is a collective struggle from everyone who watches the Devils to understand how New Jersey shuts down other teams’ formidable offenses, which they did with the Panthers, Flyers, Rangers, and are now attempting with the playoff version of the Kings.
The Devils have no one on their defense even close to Drew Doughty’s caliber, and for the public many of the names and faces of the Devils’ top six/eight are relative unknowns. This leads people to the conclusion that it is the back end’s unifying will and effort that equals an impermeable defense -- a blue line capable of silencing three consecutive rounds of many of the NHL’s most prolific scorers and playmakers.