Kings: Stanley Cup playoff primer

May, 25, 2012
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Opponent: New Jersey Devils

Regular-season records: Kings, 40-27-15, 95 points (8th in the Western Conference); Devils, 48-28-6, 102 points (6th in the Eastern Conference)

Playoff schedule (all starts 5 p.m. PT): May 30 @ New Jersey; June 2 @ New Jersey; June 4 @ Los Angeles; June 6 @ Los Angeles; June 9 @ New Jersey*; June 11 @ Los Angeles*; June 13 @ New Jersey*

*if needed

Previous meetings this season:

Oct. 13 @ Prudential Center: Devils 2, Kings 1 (SO)

In the Kings' first game in the U.S. after opening the season with two in Europe, newly acquired left wing Simon Gagne scored less than two minutes into the game, but their offense went silent the rest of the way. The Devils tied the score later in the opening period on a goal by Patrik Elias, then won the game in a shootout on goals by Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise. The Devils lost veteran goalie Martin Brodeur to a minor shoulder injury after the first period and he was replaced by Johan Hedberg, who stopped all 18 shots in regulation and overtime and both in the shootout.

Oct. 25 @ Staples Center: Devils 3, Kings 0

There was no scoring by the Kings in their second meeting in 12 days against the Devils, but plenty of second-guessing. Despite shutting out the previous three opponents to set a franchise record and having two days off between games, Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was given the night off by former coach Terry Murray. His replacement, Jonathan Bernier, was strong in the opening 20 minutes, but gave up three goals in just over five minutes of the second. The Kings not only lost the game, but Quick struggled to regain his form, allowing 18 goals in his next six starts, with the Kings winning just one of those games.

Playoff fact: The lowest-seeded team to win the Stanley Cup was the fifth-seeded Devils in 1995. That record will be broken this season by either sixth-seeded New Jersey or the eighth-seeded Kings.

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