NHL Playoffs 2012: 4 Things to Watch for in the Stanley Cup Final

Tell someone you predicted the Los Angeles Kings would play the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Final at the start of the playoffs and they'd say two words: "You're lying."

And they'd be right.

Nobody predicted the sixth-seeded Devils to take on the eighth-seeded Kings. L.A. finished with a 12-2 playoff record, going undefeated (8-0) on the road, while New Jersey went 12-6.

While both took completely different paths, they're both in the Cup.

Both teams have their strengths, which have been displayed throughout the first three rounds of the playoffs. Both teams have their weaknesses, which could doom them in the Cup.

Here are four things to watch for in the Stanley Cup Final.

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