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NHL Playoffs 2012: Devils Take On Panthers In Opening Round

Despite the fact that they finished with eight more points than Florida, New Jersey will travel for its opening game in the 2012 NHL playoffs to take on the Southeast Division champion Panthers.

But the Devils know enough not to underestimate these cats, as the two teams split the season series two games apiece, including a win on the road for each squad.

Unlike many of the other teams set to begin play in the NHL playoffs, Florida doesn't boast an offensive star, relying instead upon a balanced attack and an opportunistic power play.

Tomas Fleischmann is the closest thing to a stud winger on Florida's roster, as he led the team with a modest 27 goals and 61 points.

New Jersey, meanwhile, must be wary of the tight games with Florida. The Panthers played nearly half of their regular-seasons to a one-goal margin, finishing with 17 victories by just a single tally.

Each team still has ample time to scout and prep, as the opening puck drop is still three full days away.

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