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(6) Devils - (8) Kings preview - 05-30-12

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(6) Devils vs. (8) Kings

Devils Leading Postseason Scorer: Ilya Kovalchuk, 18 points (7 goals, 11 assists).

Kings Leading Postseason Scorer: Dustin Brown, 16 points (7 goals, 9 assists).

Devils Expected Starting Goaltender: Martin Brodeur, 12-6, 2.04 GAA, .923 SV%.

Kings Expected Starting Goaltender: Jonathan Quick, 12-2, 1.54 GAA, .946 SV%.

Devils Postseason Statistics

Kings Postseason Statistics

Devils Injuries: Defenseman Henrik Tallinder (blood clot - leg) is on injured reserve.

Kings Injuries: Left wingers Simon Gagne (concussion) and Scott Parse (hip) are on injured reserve.

Devils with Stanley Cup bling: Ryan Carter, C; Martin Brodeur, G; Patrik Elias (above), C; Petr Sykora, RW.

Kings with Stanley Cup bling: Colin Fraser, C; Dustin Penner (below), LW; Rob Scuderi, D; Justin Williams, RW.

Something worthwhile about the Devils: The Devils lead the postseason with nine wins when they lead after the first period.

Something worthwhile about the Kings: The Kings lead the postseason with five shorthanded goals.

Something useless about the Devils/Rockies/Scouts that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: The first postseason home goal in the history of the Devils/Rockies/Scouts franchise was scored by former Penguins defenseman Dennis Owchar in Game 2 of a 1987 preliminary round series.

Something useless about the Kings that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: The Kings all-time leader in postseason game-winning goals is former Penguins left winger Luc Robitaille with nine.

Former Penguins on the Devils: Johan Hedberg, G; Alexei Ponikarovsky, LW; Petr Sykora, RW.

Former Penguins on the Kings: Luc Robitaille, president - business operations; Rob Scuderi, D.

Who needs to be the difference for the Devils: Andy Greene, Bryce Salvador, Marek Zidlicky, Anton Volchenkov. The Kings' top two lines have carrier the team's offense. The Devils blue line will need to find a way to cut down on the chances for the likes of Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Dustin Penner and others.

Who needs to be the difference for the Kings: Quick. It seems pretty simple to say this, but Quick has been the the biggest reason the Kings have gotten this far. And he'll be the biggest reason they succeed or fail in the the Stanley Cup final.

Best Devils YouTube Video We Could Find: Sykora blowing a one-timer through the glove of Stars goaltender Ed Belfour in Game 3 of the 2000 Stanley Cup final:

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Best Kings YouTube Video We Could Find: Kings defenseman Mark Hardly lighting up Canadiens left winger Mike Keane with a check into the glass in Game 3 of the 1993 Stanley Cup final:

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EN Prediction: The Kings are on too much of a roll to ignore. No team in the postseason has found its game quite as well as the Kings. Everyone is preforming their role as well as possible. The Devils have quite a bit of depth, but it won't be enough to beat the Kings. Kings 4-3.

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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