Stanley Cup Finals 2012: What the Devils Must Do to Beat the Red-Hot Kings

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Stanley Cup Finals 2012: What the Devils Must Do to Beat the Red-Hot Kings
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The Los Angeles Kings could barely be hotter coming into the Stanley Cup Finals, but there are some steps the New Jersey Devils can take to quell the fire.

Los Angeles has yet to lose a game on the road, and have allowed the fewest goals per game of any team in the playoffs. The Kings have disposed of three teams to get here, never needing more than five games.

Meanwhile, the Devils had to battle the Florida Panthers to Game 7 and nearly went to another Game 7 against the New York Rangers.

But New Jersey has a few aces up its sleeve.

Beside the level-headed skating of captain Zach Parise and the offensive power of Ilya Kovalchuk, the Devils have a breakout youngster and a longtime veteran who has been here many times before.

Here are eight aspects of play New Jersey must capitalize on to defeat Los Angeles.

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