The losing is over as the Devils defeat the subpar Kings 6-3 in Los Angeles. New Jersey started slow conceding their zone for the first few minutes. They settled in and took the lead only to give it up sending them into the locker rooms tied 1-1 after one period. Immediately into the second period the Devils get heavy pressure on Quick and Zajac gets one by him to put the Devils up 2-1, but Los Angeles would tie it again. Palmieri and Butcher would extend their lead to 4-2. Kinkaid makes a poor decision by poking the puck out instead of covering it and its 4-3. Nico Hischier makes it 5-3 with a great redirect and Coleman seals the empty net for the much needed 6-3 victory.
The Devils are only four points out of third place in the Metropolitan Division. They needed to beat the worst team in the league in the Kings and they did. Winning can change how a team approaches games and this team needed a win badly. The Devils are not as bad as their record shows and they can start changes things with a successful road trip. Their next game is Sunday in Anaheim against the Ducks.
Taylor Hall looked much better since last game. He moved the puck much quicker and smoother. Palmieri looked like the sniper we saw early in the season. Overall our lines looked much better and they need to play like that every game. For the most part Kinkaid looked good in net. He made some good saves when needed, especially on the breakaway chance by L.A. Although we beat the Kings which is not entirely difficult, a win is a win nonetheless. The Devils need to put some wins together and rebound from their rough first quarter start from the season.
One win now and its on to the next for this Devils team.
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