Devils miss playoffs after going to Cup final

Updated: April 29, 2013, 7:06 PM ET
Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. -- There's little mystery why the New Jersey Devils missed the playoffs a year after facing the Los Angeles Kings for the Stanley Cup.

Key injuries to Marty Brodeur and Ilya Kovalchuk led to major slumps in the lockout-shortened 48-game season.

The players who needed to step up with the stars out didn't. The team played poorly in overtime, and the penalty kill slipped from the best in the league to 20th overall.

So despite an Eastern Conference-best 8-1-3 start, ...

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