Devils: 48-28-6, (102 points), 6th in Eastern Conference
Kings: 40-27-15, (95 points), 8th in Western Conference
SEASON SERIES: Devils won 2-0
Players to watch:Brodeur(NJD), Parise (NJD), Quick (LA),Brown (LA), Zajac (NJD), Carter (LA), Zubrus (NJD),Richards (LA),Elias (NJD), Gagnet (LA), Kopitar (LA), Doughty (LA) & Penner (LA)
Wednesday night in New Jersey, it is the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals between the New Jersey Devils and the Los Angeles Kings. In the regular season, both LA and New Jersey only met twice all the way back in October and the Devils won both games. But it means nothing when it comes down to the Cup Finals. In Round 1, LA pulled off one of the biggest upsets in NHL history by knocking off the best team in the NHL,the Vancouver Canucks in just 5 games. As for the Devils in round 1, they took on the Florida Panthers who made the Playoffs for the first time since 2000. The Devils won that series in 7 games. In round 2, the Devils became the underdogs as they took on the Philadelphia Flyers. The Devils found a way to win in 5 games.
The Kings also surprised a lot of people in round 2 as they pulled out the brooms and swept way the St.Louis Blues. In Round 3, the Devils beat the Rangers in 6 games and the Kings beat the Coyotes in 5 games. The Kings held a NHL record for going 8-0-0 on the road. they also had a Playoff record of 12-2-0. The only other team that had a better record than the Kings through 3 rounds was the 1968 and the 1976 Montreal Canadiens as they had a 12-1 record. The Kings powerplay is at 8.1% and their Penalty kill is at 91.2%. As for the Devils, their powerplay is at 18.2% and their penalty kill is at 74.4%. So both teams are about equal there. As for Goaltending, the Kings have the advantage in a young Johnathan Quick as the Devils have a 40 year old in Marty Brodeur. Due to that I think the Kings will win this series in 7 games.
Written By Andrew Di Pardo
|2012 STANLEY CUP FINAL|
|Series O||Time (ET)||#6 vs. #8||Networks|
|WED, MAY 30, 2012||8 pm||LOS ANGELES KINGS AT NEW JERSEY DEVILS||NBC, CBC, RDS|
|SAT, JUNE 2, 2012||8 pm||LOS ANGELES KINGS AT NEW JERSEY DEVILS||NBC, CBC, RDS|
|MON, JUNE 4, 2012||8 pm||NEW JERSEY DEVILS AT LOS ANGELES KINGS||NBCSN, CBC, RDS|
|WED, JUNE 6, 2012||8 pm||NEW JERSEY DEVILS AT LOS ANGELES KINGS||NBCSN, CBC, RDS|
|*SAT, JUNE 9, 2012||8 pm||LOS ANGELES KINGS AT NEW JERSEY DEVILS||NBC, CBC, RDS|
|*MON, JUNE 11, 2012||8 pm||NEW JERSEY DEVILS AT LOS ANGELES KINGS||NBC, CBC, RDS|
|*WED, JUNE 13, 2012||8 pm||LOS ANGELES KINGS AT NEW JERSEY DEVILS||NBC, CBC, RDS|