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It’s that time of year, folks. Stanley Cup time.

After much speculation and prognosticating, we finally get an idea of who’s prediction will get off to the right start.

Lineups:

DEVILS
Zach Parise-Travis Zajac-Dainius Zubrus
Alexei Ponikarovsky-Adam Henrique-Ilya Kovalchuk
Patrik Elias-Jacob Josefson-David Clarkson
Ryan Carter-Stephen Gionta-Steve Bernier

Andy Greene-Mark Fayne
Bryce Salvador-Marek Zidlicky
Anton Volchenkov-Peter Harrold

Martin Brodeur
Johan Hedberg

KINGS
Dustin Brown-Anze Kopitar-Justin Williams
Dustin Penner-Mike Richards-Jeff Carter
Dwight King-Jarret Stoll-Trevor Lewis
Brad Richardson-Colin Fraser-Jordan Nolan

Rob Scuderi-Drew Doughty
Willie Mitchell-Slava Voynov
Alec Martinez-Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Bernier

The season series:

New Jersey 2 – Los Angeles Kings 0

October 13, 2011 – LAK 2 @ NJD 1 (SO)
October 25, 2011 – NJD 3 @ LAK 0

Your matchup to watch:

Drew Doughty vs. Zach Parise

The Devils leader up front against the Kings top defenceman. You can expect them to be matched up against one another more often than not and it will be a game within the game that can decide this series over a seven game span.  They will test each other with their pace and creativity. Can Parise hem Doughty deep in the Los Angeles end or will Doughty create better chances by manufacturing the counter-attack?

 

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