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There are some youngsters on the New Jersey Devis like Zach Parise and Adam Henrique, but they also have players who have had their experiences in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Patrik Elias and Petr Sykora have each been named Stanley Cup champions twice, and Martin Brodeur has won three. With championships come experience, and with experience comes advantage.
The Devils, who won three Stanley Cups in 1995, 2000 and 2003, are more familiar with playoff territory. This will only be Los Angeles' second appearance in the finals. The last time they were in this position was in 1993 when they lost to the Montreal Canadiens. However, four players on the Los Angeles Kings have won Stanley Cup championships.
Justin Williams won the cup with the Hurricanes in 2006, Dustin Penner with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007, Rob Scuderi with the Penguins in 2009 and Colin Fraser with the Blackhawks in 2010.
Experience will be a significant advantage in the final round, but it could go either way depending on offensive plays, impact players and power-play opportunities.
The Devils and Kings matchup will be a fascinating one. Brodeur vs. Quick. Kovalchuk vs. Penner. East vs. West. It will be a matchup between an East Coast team who has won three Stanley Cups in 17 years and a West Coast team who has a chance at the Stanley Cup victory for the second time in their team's history.