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Line combinations: How the Devils and Kings stack up

Los Angeles Kings Mike Richards is introduced during a hockey news conference, Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, Calif. Richards was acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and a 2012 second-round draft pick. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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Line combinations are always funny, fickle things.

They change constantly, mainly when a team is struggling, and they're never quite exactly the same from one game to the next.

The New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings are no different, aside from the fact they're a combined 24-8 in these playoffs and haven't had to make wholesale changes to right the ship.

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(Aside from the Kings reconstructing their woeful power play units game by game.)

Below is a look at the combinations they have been relying on in recent games and that they should be starting out the finals with in Game 1 on Wednesday.

Both teams often prefer to use their top lines and defence pairings against the opposition's best lines, so we may see the captains' lines go head-to-head in this series.

In brackets is the combined playoff goals scored by each line.

New Jersey Devils

Even strength

Parise - Zajac - Zubrus (17) Elias - Henrique - Kovalchuk (14) Ponikarovsky - Josefson - Clarkson (4) Carter - Gionta - Bernier (9)

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Greene - Fayne (0) Salvador - Zidlicky (4) Volchenkov - Harrold (0)

Brodeur (Hedberg)

Extras: Sykora (2), Larsson (1), Tallinder, Sestito

Power play

Parise - Zajac - Elias Kovalchuk - Zidlicky

Clarkson - Henrique - Zubrus Kovalchuk - Harrold

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Shorthanded

Parise - Zajac Salvador - Volchenkov

Elias - Zubrus Fayne - Greene

Los Angeles Kings

Even strength

Brown - Kopitar - Williams (15) Penner - Richards - Carter (11) King - Stoll - Lewis (8) Richardson - Fraser - Nolan (2)

Scuderi - Doughty (2) Mitchell - Voynov (2) Martinez - Greene (1)

Quick (Bernier)

Extras: Gagne, Clifford, Loktionov

Power play

Brown - Kopitar - Carter/Williams Richards/Martinez - Doughty

Penner - Richards - Carter Mitchell - Voynov

Shorthanded

Brown - Kopitar Mitchell - Greene

Carter - Richards (or Lewis - Stoll) Scuderi - Doughty

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