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Kings vs. Devils by the Numbers

Tuesday, 05.29.2012 / 7:58 PM

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist / Bracket Challenge Blog

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Kings vs. Devils by the Numbers

The Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils have never faced each other in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and they don't have a lot of history against each other in the regular season either. The teams have met just 57 times in the 29 seasons since the then-Colorado Rockies moved to New Jersey in 1982.

But both teams have had unexpected playoff runs this postseason -- their combined finish in the overall standings (22) is the lowest for the two teams in the Final since Pittsburgh (7) and Minnesota (16) in 1991. The Devils would match their own mark for the lowest seed to win a Stanley Cup; the Kings, seeded No. 8 in the West, would easily be the lowest-seeded club to win it all.

Here's a statistical look at the Kings-Devils matchup:

Kings Devils
27-25-3-2 Record vs. opponent (since '82-83) 27-25-3-2
16-10-2-0 Home 17-11-1-0
11-15-1-2 Road 10-14-2-2
191 Goals scored 189
2 Shutouts 2
40-27-15 2011-12 regular-season record 48-28-6
95 Points 102
8th in West Finish in conference 6th in East
13th Finish in overall standings 9th
188 (29th) Non-shootout goals for 216 (15th)
170 (2nd) Non-shootout goals against 205 (10th)
49-289 (17.0 percent) Power play 46-267 (17.2 percent)
255-293 (87.0 percent) Penalty kill 232-259 (89.6 percent)
12-2 2011-12 playoff record 12-6
4-2 Home 6-2
8-0 Road 6-4
41 Goals for 51
22 Goals against 42
6-74 (8.1 percent) Power play 12-66 (18.2 percent)
5-57 (91.2 percent) Penalty kill 16-62 (74.2 percent)
2 Shutouts 1
7-1 Score first 8-2
6-0 Leading after two periods 7-0
0 Stanley Cups won 3
2 Trips to Final 5
1993 Last trip to Final 2003
Quote of the Day

Your team is going to want to recapture the feeling. What they're going to have to figure out is they're going to have to rewrite the story. Because you're going to rewrite the story doesn't mean you want a different end. It's just that you're going to have to learn that there's different challenges to get there, and if you're going to try and tap the same feeling, it ain't going to happen.

— Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi on maintaining their success from last season