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Stanley Cup Final: Ranking Non-Chicago Blackhawks Series In Salary Cap Era

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Jan 31, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save against Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist (72) during the second period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The Penguins won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 31, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save against Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist (72) during the second period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The Penguins won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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No. 8: Los Angeles Kings vs. New Jersey Devils (2012)

Hard to remember the Devils actually have made it to the Stanley Cup Final in the salary cap era. Yes, the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs were a bit odd. The Kings were an 8 seed in the West, while the Devils were a 6 seed in the East.

However, much like this year’s Predators team, the Kings were a wolf in sheep’s clothing. They lost just two games in the playoffs’ first three rounds. It’s surprising, then, that they lost just as many to New Jersey, which was not at all like this year’s Predators team.

This was a championship series without much to remember as a non-Kings hockey fan. You got the feeling the Kings were just playing with their food the entire time, going up 3-0 (though two of those wins came in overtime) before dropping two straight to the Devils.

When Los Angeles responded with a 6-1 thrashing at home in Game 6, it kind of just felt right. And it put an end to an entirely meh edition of the Stanley Cup Final.

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