Scouting the Enemy: Your Eastern Conference Final Thread

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers and Ryan Carter #20 of the New Jersey Devils vie for the puck in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The puck's about to drop in Jersey. We'll find out in a few hours which opponent the Kings will face in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Here's a little scouting on both teams, with some pros and cons for both sides:

  • The New York Rangers are not a very good puck possession team, and are probably fatigued by a long playoff run. On the other hand, they have an elite goalie in Henrik Lundqvist. Their offense has sputtered of late, but they have an excellent defense led by Marc Staal. They collapse around the net and block a lot of shots (sound familiar?). Tortorella is a crazy man, but he has a Cup ring.
  • The New Jersey Devils are a stronger possession team than the Rangers, though not as strong as the Kings. They play an aggressive forechecking style (hey!) that the Kings should be able to match. They lack elite goaltending, though Martin Brodeur has served them well enough in the postseason (.921 SV%). DeBoer's coaching has been an underrated factor in their turnaround.

Who do you want to see advance, and why?

Which players do you have your eye on?

Let's see what happens. Game on!

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