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Stanley Cup finals preview: Kings vs. Devils, playoff experience

May 28, 2012, 12:35 PM EDT

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New Jersey Devils

Most postseason games:

Martin Brodeur (199), Patrik Elias (156), Petr Sykora (130), Dainius Zubrus (86), Anton Volchenkov (79), Bryce Salvador (68), Steve Bernier (62).

Stanley Cup finals appearances:

Sykora (2000, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2009), Brodeur (1995, 2000, 2001, 2003), Elias (2000, 2001, 2003), Volchenkov (2007), Zubrus (1997).

Stanley Cups won:

Brodeur (1995, 2000, 2003), Elias (2000, 2003), Sykora (2000, 2009)

Notes:

– Game 1 will be the 200th career playoff game for Brodeur, making him just the second goalie in NHL history to accomplish the feat. The other? Patrick Roy, with 247.

– Brodeur will also become one of just 19 players in NHL history to play 200 postseason contests. The only other active player with a similar accomplishment is Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom (263), who is just three back of Chris Chelios for the all-time mark.

– Elias sits second all-time for playoff games by a Czech player, 24 behind Philly’s Jaromir Jagr. Sykora is fourth (behind Elias, Jagr and Bobby Holik.)

Los Angeles Kings

Most postseason games:

Mike Richards (77), Rob Scuderi (75), Justin Williams (65), Willie Mitchell (65), Jeff Carter (61), Dustin Penner (54).

Stanley Cup finals appearances:

Richards (Philadelphia, 2010), Carter (Philadelphia, 2010), Scuderi (Pittsburgh, 2008-09), Penner (Anaheim, 2007), Williams (Carolina, 2006), Matt Greene (Edmonton, 2006), Jarret Stoll (Edmonton, 2006).

Stanley Cups won:

Scuderi (Pittsburgh, 2009), Penner (Anaheim, 2007), Williams (Carolina, 2006).

Notes:

– Penner is looking to become the first player in NHL history to win Cups with two of the NHL’s three California teams. The only other player to come close is Rob Blake, who went to the Cup finals with the Kings in 1993, then the Western Conference finals with San Jose in 2010.

– Stoll and Green hold the unique distinction of playing for the only two No. 8 seeds (since the format change) to make a Cup final.

– Kings bench boss Darryl Sutter lost the Cup final in 2004 (as a head coach with Calgary) to Tampa Bay and in 1992 (as an assistant with Chicago) to Pittsburgh.

  1. highlander24 - May 28, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    He lost as Calgary’s head coach, not Tampa Bay’s.

  2. larryang - May 30, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    The number of playoff games from the three players from the early 2000′s Devils are almost mind-boggling. Also, Brodeur and Elias did it all with one team.

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