Kings vs. Devils: Why Stanley Cup Foes Are Evenly Matched

May 26th, 2012 by Michael Moraitis Leave a reply »
The New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings are about as unlikely a matchup as you could get, but it should still make for an incredible series, given how many things these two squads have in common.

Whoever takes home the 2012 Stanley Cup, the Devils or Kings, will be the lowest seed in the history of the NHL to do so. There's no doubt that this matchup is between the two hottest teams in the sport.

Here is how these two teams are nearly identical going into the Stanley Cup.


Elite Goaltending

There is nobody hotter in the NHL than Jonathan Quick is in net for the Kings. Quick was a great goaltender during the regular season, but he's taken his game to another level during the playoffs.

During the 2011-12 season, Quick had a goals against average of 1.95, which has shrunk even smaller, to 1.54, during these playoffs.

To put into perspective just how great he's been, Quick had allowed 41 goals in 12 previous playoff appearances.

But in this postseason, he's allowed just 22 goals in 14 appearances for Los Angeles.

That is pure dominance.


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