Devils coach Pat Burns and Mighty Ducks coach Mike Babcock both said they won't be making any changes to their lineups for Game 2. Devils center Joe Nieuwendyk (lower body injury) and winger Turner Stevenson (groin) are still sidelined.
Paul Kariya and Steve Rucchin opted to take the morning off. "That's what we've done throughout the playoffs," said Babcock. "Certain guys have been given the option; other guys haven't."
Devils captain Scott Stevens will play in his 228th career playoff game tonight, breaking Larry Robinson's career mark for games played by a defenseman in the postseason. Stevens has played 192 consecutive playoff games, the third-longest streak in league history behind Robinson (227) and Glenn Anderson (214). Stevens missed one playoff game in his career -- April 10, 1988, as a member of the Washington Capitals against the Philadelphia Flyers in the Patrick Division semifinals.
Teams winning Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals have gone on to win the Stanley Cup in 26 of the past 31 seasons, although the loser of Game 2 has won the championship in two of the past three (New Jersey in 2000, Colorado in 2001). However, home teams that sweep Games 1 and 2 are 27-1 in the finals.