Although it is only Game 6, back in Los Angeles, it is a must win for the Kings, and I believe is also their last chance to make a claim for a cup. They have already let New Jersey make up far too much ground after forcing them into a 3-0 series deficit. If the Devils manage to force Game 7, I believe the cup will be theirs.
By the end of Game 5, the Kings were already showing signs of frustration; the place where it was most noticeable was in Jonathan Quick’s erratic, scrambled play. Far different from the Quick we have seen all year. However, a loss in Game 6 will result in an even more frustrated, divided team for the Game 7 as in a panicked situation, many players will attempt to be the hero which will not work in such a series. Not to mention a team which will have to deal with the incredible momentum the Devils have regained, in addition to playing in New Jersey. Similarly, in the recent past we have seen the teams that have won Game 6 have gone on to win the series. For example, the recent Heat-Celtics series, and last years Cup finals.
For a team that has already exceeded all expectations, and a team that is not used to losing in the playoffs, they are far too susceptible to emotions and frustration with one another. The Devils, a talented veteran group, have shown excellent control to structure a comeback and, essentially, they have no pressure on them since no one expects a completed comeback. However, the Kings evidently are feeling the pressure as if they do blow it, they will join a short list of teams to fall so far after being up 3-0.
If the Kings want this Cup, they have to win Game 6. End of story.