The 7 Most Balanced Teams in the NHL

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The 7 Most Balanced Teams in the NHL
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The Los Angeles Kings were in an unbalanced state for most of the 2011-12 season.

They had a solid defense that could break up scoring plays and compete in a physical style. They had excellent goaltending with Jonathan Quick in the net.

However, they were not consistent on the offensive end. They struggled to put the puck in the net most nights.

That changed after they acquired Jeff Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Carter gave the offense more firepower and he took much of the pressure off of Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards and Dustin Brown. Suddenly, the Kings had balance. They used that balance to dominate in the postseason and earn their first Stanley Cup.

You need balance to win the Stanley Cup. Recent champions like the Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and the Kings all had it.

Heading into the final six weeks of the season, here's a look at the seven most balanced teams in the league.

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