NHL Playoffs 2012: LA Kings vs. NJ Devils Stanley Cup Final Preview

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NHL Playoffs 2012: LA Kings vs. NJ Devils Stanley Cup Final Preview
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The New Jersey Devils begin facing off against the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup finals May 30. The Devils come in as the sixth seed in the east, and the Kings come in as the eighth seed in the west.

The 2012 Stanley Cup champion will become the lowest seed to win the Stanley Cup under the current format. The 1995 Devils, a No. 5 seed, currently stand as the lowest seed to win it all.

This is the Los Angeles Kings' second appearance in the final, the first coming in 1993 when they lost to the Montreal Canadiens.

This is familiar territory for the Devils, who have won three Stanley Cups in 1995, 2000 and 2003.

The Kings have a remarkable 12-2 record in the playoffs, while the Devils are 12-6 thus far. With that in mind, here is a detailed preview of the 2012 Stanley Cup final.

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