Stars to Watch in 2012 NHL Finals

With the NHL final about to begin, the Kings and Devils are ready to go to war. With first round and second round whiskers quickly turning into full-blown postseason beards, this is the most exciting hockey of the year.

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With the playoffs heating up, the remaining teams in the NHL playoffs are ready to go to war. With their playoff beards going from whiskers to facial mops, this is the most exciting hockey of the year. Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown have always been heralded as excellent players. With the Kings recent rise to the Western C0nference Finals, their first since 1993, the whole league is beginning to notice what fans in LA have known for years.
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Ilya Kovalchuk, the Devils sniper and mainstay backstop Martin Brodeur have their hands full with the Flyers, but have the talent to make the series more than interesting.
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Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick has played a huge role in the team's meteoric rise in the postseason.
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Petr Sykora was invited to training camp this year out of respect for his career accomplishments. After taking a year off from NHL action, he was even a long shot to make the team. With 21 goals this season, he's a huge part of the NJ offense.
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Zach Parise is the heart and soul of the New Jersey Devils offense.
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Justin Williams has found a home with the Los Angeles Kings after stops with the Flyers and Hurricanes earlier in his career. He was second on the team in both goals and points this season.
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New Jersey Devils' David Clarkson has three game-winning goals in the playoffs so far.
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