One thing that I have noticed as a consistent theme in the cup previews I've seen so far is talk of the Kings' supposedly overwhelming size and depth and how it is going to give the devils trouble. I am curious to see how big of an advantage (if any) this is in reality, so I have done a breakdown of the two teams rosters with size and playoff output included. We'll start with the Kings since they are the team whose size the experts have been gushing about. (All size measurements taken from NHL.com official rosters)
Adam Larsson: (5 games) 1G-0A-1P (6'3" 200 lbs.)
Breaking these stats down by line we see:
Devils - 620 lbs. 17G-18A-35P Kings - 620 lbs. 15G-27A-42P
Devils - 620 lbs. 14G-21A-35P Kings - 640 lbs. 11G-19A-30P
Devils - 615 lbs. 4G-13A-17P (with Sykora's prod. it becomes 6-15-21) Kings - 641 lbs. 8G-7A-15P
Devils - 605 lbs. 9G-10A-19P Kings - 609 lbs. 2G-1A-3P
Devils - 1st: 405 lbs. 4G-15A-19P 2nd: 405 lbs. 0G-4A-4P 3rd: 415 lbs. 0G-5A-5P
Kings - 1st: 420 lbs. 3G-9A-12P 2nd: 418 lbs. 1G-3A-4P 3rd: 438 lbs. 1G-4A-5P
It is clear that the Kings do have more size than the Devils. However, the size advantage is not as large as it seems to be being portrayed in the media. The second line of the LA outweighs NJ's by 20 lbs., the third by 26, and the fourth by a mere 4 lbs. For all the talk of the Kings massive forward size, a collective advantage of 50 lbs. over all 4 lines is really not that much. Likewise, each Devs defensive pairing is outweighed by between 13 lbs. (2nd) and 23 lbs. (3rd) and a total of 51 lbs. This could also be decreased if Adam Larsson plays in this series (I suspect he might).
While the Devils are outsized by the Kings, I think it is quite clear that the team has superior depth both upfront and in overall scoring. While the first two lines are essentially a wash (and yes I know the Kings have played 4 fewer games), NJ's bottom six is significantly deeper; especially the fourth line. I think that although the 3rd line is currently not vastly superior statistically to LA's, the skill difference will be more pronounced as JJ plays more games and Elias potentially swaps with Poni.
The Devils also possess superior defensive contributions on offense thus far in the postseason. Devils defenseman have 7 more points so far in the postseason with the first pairing of Marek Zidlicky and Bryce Salvador leading the way with 19Pts.
In conclusion, I believe the Devils superior depth cancels out the size advantage of the Kings. Feel free to comment on my findings and let me know what you think of the size comparison and any effect it may have in the series.