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Pierre McGuire
June 05, 2000
The Devils' team speed, which is vastly underrated, is a big reason New Jersey forechecks so well and has one of the top penalty-killing units—led by the quartet of John Madden, Jay Pandolfo, Sergei Nemchinov and Claude Lemieux....
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June 05, 2000

Devils

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The Devils' team speed, which is vastly underrated, is a big reason New Jersey forechecks so well and has one of the top penalty-killing units—led by the quartet of John Madden, Jay Pandolfo, Sergei Nemchinov and Claude Lemieux....

The Devils are also very strong along the boards, something that will come in handy during games on the Stars' poor ice in Dallas....

New Jersey clogs shooting lanes as well as any team in the league, one of the reasons goalie Martin Brodeur doesn't usually see as many shots as his counterpart. In protecting Brodeur, the Devils often commit five men to guarding the slot, making it difficult to create offense in that area. The Devils need to be careful in deploying this strategy against Dallas, because the Stars have the skill players to get the puck to their point men, who can generate offense from there....

One of Brodeur's strengths is his ability to break down the opposing team's forecheck with his mobility and puckhandling skills; however, at times he struggled doing so in the conference finals against the Flyers....

New Jersey's power play is often overlooked, but it's outstanding. The unit uses quick puck movement and has lethal shooters like Jason Arnott, Patrik Elias and Petr Sykora. Also, expect Alexander Mogilny and Scott Gomez to get lots of ice time with the man-advantage....

The Devils may have to help slow-footed veteran defenseman Ken Daneyko if he finds himself on the ice opposite swift-skating Joe Nieuwendyk....

The Stars know that New Jersey defenseman Scott Niedermayer is the one backliner who can break their trap, so expect Dallas to try to slow him by being physical.

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