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2012 Stanley Cup Final - Los Angeles Kings vs. New Jersey Devils
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05-26-2012, 01:34 AM
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This is going to be the toughest series imo. Kings need to come out hard and be the road warriors they were in the past three series. Winning in NJ will be key.
As it should be when you're in the Finals battling for the Stanley Cup. The Kings should expect this to be their toughest match up yet, as should the Devils. The Kings can't take guys like Parise, Kovalchuk, Elias, Zajac, etc. lightly, nor should the Devils with Kopitar, Brown, Richards, Doughty, etc.
This is going to be a physically grueling battle and the Kings have to hit the Devils hard and often. They need to prevent tape to tape passes from New Jersey's D to their offense as often as possible. The Devils don't have much size or mobility on the blueline, so the Kings forecheckers have to attack them aggressively and keep crowding the net and making Brodeur's life uncomfortable, just as they have done so with Luongo, Elliott and Smith.
While it would be nice for the PP unit to improve ever so slightly, it is also imperative for the Kings PK to shut down the Devils PP. They have to take advantage of the Devils usage and reliance of Kovalchuk on the point. He's a forward playing the blueline, which could give the Kings PK unit an advantage that they could expose.
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