Former Devils Forward returns to the Stanley Cup Final

Former New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique returns to the Stanley Cup Finals. This time, however, it’s the Edmonton Oilers.

The Oilers defeated the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Final on Sunday night, defeating the Texas hockey club 2-1.

Henrique centers Edmonton’s third line between Dylan Holloway and Evander Kane. He finished Game 6 skating in 13:27 and won three of seven faceoffs in the spot.

With his deal set to expire on July 1, the Oilers acquired Henrique from the Tampa Bay Lightning via the Anaheim Ducks in a three-team trade.

The former Devils forward scored six goals and nine points in 22 regular-season games with Edmonton, bringing his 2023-24 totals to 24 goals and 51 points in 82 games.

Despite playing a full season, Henrique missed seven games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, suffering a lower-body injury in the first round against the Los Angeles Kings. He returned in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final against the Stars. Henrique has contributed two goals and four points in ten playoff games to date.

The former Devils forward is a New Jersey playoff legend. In 2012, his Game 6 overtime goal against the rival New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final sent the Devils to the Stanley Cup Final against the Kings. Henrique scored five goals and 13 points in 24 Stanley Cup Playoff games that postseason.

Now the Devils fan favorite returns to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in his career. He came up short in 2012 when the Devils lost to the Kings in six games. He and the Oilers now face the tall task of defeating Sasha Barkov and the Florida Panthers, who are in the finals for the second time in as many seasons.

Henrique – better known as Uncle Rico in New Jersey – will certainly have the support of Devils fans.

The Stanley Cup Final kicks off on Saturday, June 8 in Sunrise, Florida.

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