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Analyzing the Finals through Stats

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To say that the 2011-12 Stanley Cup Final between the Los Angeles Kings versus the New Jersey Devils was predicted by advanced analysis would be folly — even the most ardent hockey modeler couldn't have forecasted this outcome with any sort of certainty.

It would be closer to the truth to say that those paying attention to the underlying numbers are less surprised by this match-up than most: The Kings and Devils haven't had the best records over the last season or two, but their true talent level was probably higher than their records indicated.

We'll start with the Kings.

They might be the best eighth seed the league has seen since the lockout.

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