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Devils take wing, Kings welcome Gagne back: Monday afternoon notes

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The New Jersey Devils face dire circumstances tonight in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final (7:00 p.m. Central on NBC Sports), as they head into Los Angeles down 2-0. The Kings, who are much more used to the burden of long flights and time zone changes than the Devils (just check my NHL Super Schedule), not only have the advantage of home ice tonight, but they'll get an unexpected boost from the return to action by Simon Gagne.

Follow after the jump for more on Game 3, and an interview with Pekka Rinne as we approach the end of the NHL13 cover voting...

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Nashville Predators News

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Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

A Deal With The Devils | Overtime
It appears that Martin Brodeur will go to ANY lengths to win just one more Stanley Cup.

After bus-based conference playoffs, Devils OK with flying to West Coast time | Puck Daddy
The Devils have had it easy for the last month.

Simon Gagne likely in for Game 3, and we're all officially Kings fans - Broad Street Hockey
A surprising development in L.A., as the scoring winger is set to play for the first time in 5 months.

Stanley Cup Ratings Drop Nothing To Do With Players Being 'Too Nice' - SBNation.com
Why aren't the TV ratings better for this final?

Caps trade Tomas Vokoun to Penguins for seventh-round draft pick - Capitals Insider - The Washington Post
Does this help set the market for guys headed towards unrestricted free agency? If so, yuck.

Tim Thomas, Peter Chiarelli, the CBA and the Bruins' Current Mess (And How to get Out of It) - Stanley Cup of Chowder
While Thomas retreats to his bunker, how will Boston deal with the fallout?

On the NHL combine, and puking after the Wingate test | Backhand Shelf
I think I'll try puking in my next job interview, we'll see how that goes.

In Hockey Enforcer’s Descent, Easy Access to Prescriptions - NYTimes.com
When a hockey player has trouble with addiction to painkillers, to what lengths should the league and his team go to make sure any doctors treating him are aware of that issue? It sounds like Derek Boogaard was given one prescription after another.

KuklasKorner : Scary news from Russia: Vladimir Krutov hospitalized, in serious condition due to internal bleeding
Sad news regarding one third of the famed "KLM" line from the 1980's.