The teams had optional morning skates, but the Devils had most of their regulars, as well as backup goaltender Johan Hedberg. Only Ilya Kovalchuk, Marek Zidlicky, Bryce Salvador, Patrik Elias and Dainius Zubrus skipped out on practice. Since most of these players are either older, or suspected to need the rest for nagging injuries (Kovalchuk) this wasn't that surprising.
Henrik Tallinder, Adam Larsson and Petr Sykora didn't skate with the regulars, and practiced with a group of AHL players from the Albany Devils later. Head coach Peter DeBoer said that Tallinder in particular was a "viable" candidate to play later on in the series. You definitely get the sense that if the Devils go down 2-0 in this, the Swedish defenseman might see his first action since suffering a blood clot in mid-January. DeBoer said Tallinder will fly with the team to California after tonight's game.
While Simon Gagne -- who has been out with a concussion since late December -- skated with the Kings this morning, he will also not make his series debut tonight, as it appears the Kings will go with the same lineup as their Game 1 overtime win on Wednesday.
Radiohead played the Prudential Center the last two nights, so the ice could potentially be questionable, but it's much less humid than it was on Wednesday here in Newark, so hopefully conditions improve.