If every player on the Devils team plays up to par, they should be able to shut down the Los Angeles Kings.
Yes, the Kings have had the best goaltender in the playoffs, Jonathan Quick, but the New Jersey Devils aren't slacking in their goaltending department, either.
The New Jersey Devils' goaltender, 40-year-old Martin Brodeur, didn't have the best season last year and eventually failed to make the playoffs. However, as of late, Brodeur has been defending the net for his team and will be playing in his fifth Stanley Cup final of his career. If he wins the cup, Brodeur will be the ninth player in NHL history to win the cup during three different decades.
Along with their goalie, the Devils also have an offense that could shut down the LA Kings defense.
Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and Patrik Elias are reliable on their own, but when the fourth line comes onto the ice, the entire tempo of the game is changed. The Kings will need to have their defense on full alert against a fourth line that has seemed to be contributing to a win whenever they're on the ice.
If the Devils manage to score a couple of goals early in the game and frazzle Jonathan Quick, they should be able to come out victorious. One of the most important factors to have when playing in the NHL is experience, and the Devils come fully loaded with it.
Brodeur has already won three Stanley Cups and knows what it's like to hold Lord Stanley's cup high in the air.
Jersey and LA have each had a tremendous postseason so far, but the sixth-seeded Devils beat the Rangers, who were seeded No. 1 in the east. The LA Kings are an underdog as an eighth seed and are a much better team than they were in the postseason, but the Devils have been consistent and destined for the playoffs for some time.
Something else to think about is that the Kings and Devils played against each other twice during the 2011-2012 season. The Devils won both games.
While looking at regular season statistics, it's easy to state that the Devils should win the cup, but the surging Kings won't go down without a fight.
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