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2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: 10 Fun Facts You Didn't Know About the Playoffs

Adam RickertAnalyst IIApril 9, 2012

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: 10 Fun Facts You Didn't Know About the Playoffs

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    The Stanley Cup Playoffs are the two most exciting months in sports. Simple as that. Every year features a new surprise that nobody saw coming. One-seeds go down without a whimper more often than expected, and some of the most unlikely players and teams in the playoffs emerge as top stories.

    To go along with the excitement, there are many fun facts that could surprise any fan about the playoffs.

    Prepare to be amazed, and remember to watch the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year to watch more history being made.

Singing the Blues

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    The St. Louis Blues have been around since the first NHL expansion in 1967-1968. They made it to the Stanley Cup Final in each of their first three seasons, but got swept each time.

    The Blues haven't returned to the Final since 1970, and have gone forty-three seasons without a single Stanley Cup banner hanging from the rafters.

    Could this be the year?

Home Ice Advantage?

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    In the last three Stanley Cup Finals, the home team has won every game except the clinching game. A team has not won the Stanley Cup at home since 2007.

    Will 2012 be the fourth year in a row this home-ice trend continues? Will it be the fifth year in a row that a Cup is won on enemy territory?

Faltering Favorites

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    2007 was the last time both No. 1 seeds made it to the Conference Finals, and they both lost in the third round. The 2006, 2009, and 2010 playoffs all saw No. 1 seeds bow out in the first round.

    Could we see another big upset early this year? It is definitely possible.

Rocking the Red

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    Believe it or not, 2011 was the first year since 1991 in which the Stanley Cup Final did not feature at least one team with red in its color scheme. Don't believe me?

    1992 - Chicago Blackhawks

    1993 - Montreal Canadiens

    1994 - New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks

    1995 - New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings

    1996 - Florida Panthers

    1997 - Detroit Red Wings

    1998 - Detroit Red Wings

    1999 - Buffalo Sabres

    2000 - New Jersey Devils

    2001 - New Jersey Devils

    2002 - Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes

    2003 - New Jersey Devils

    2004 - Calgary Flames

    2006 - Carolina Hurricanes

    2007 - Ottawa Senators

    2008 - Detroit Red Wings

    2009 - Detroit Red Wings

    2010 - Chicago Blackhawks

Parity Since the Lockout

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    This will be the seventh postseason since the 2004-2005 lockout, and despite the fact that 16 of 30 teams make the playoffs, only the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks have made it every year.

A Lost Rivalry

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    From 1997 through 2003, the Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers met six out of a possible seven times in the playoffs, with the exception being 2002, when neither team made the playoffs.

    Edmonton won in 1997, but Dallas knocked off the Oilers the other five times. All of these series—except for the 1998 Western Conference Semifinals—occurred in the first round.

    However, the Stars and Oilers have not met since 2003, and 2012 will be the fourth straight season where neither team has made the playoffs. 

SoCal Story

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    The Southern California rivalry between the Ducks and Kings is one of the most intense rivalries in hockey.

    With the exception of 2004, at least one of each has made the playoffs every year since. Unbelievably, 2011 was the first time in history that both made the second season.

    Before 2011, the Ducks (formerly the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim until the 2006-2007 season) made the playoffs in 1997, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009; while the Kings made them in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2010.

    This year, the Kings are the No. 8 seed in the West while the Ducks missed the playoffs by a somewhat large margin.

The Misfortunes of Ty Conklin

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    Before 2010, everyone was talking about how unlucky Marian Hossa was, as he lost in the Stanley Cup final with the Penguins to the Red Wings in 2008 and then proceeded to switch teams and be on the losing side of the same matchup again in 2009. However, Ty Conklin's journey has been even more upsetting.

    Ty Conklin has started in three outdoor games (2003 Heritage Classic, and 2008 and 2009 Winter Classics), but from 2006 to 2009, he was involved in three Stanley Cup finals...and lost each one.

Winter Classic Trends

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    Since the first Winter Classic in 2008, two interesting correlations have been going on involving the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

    From 2008 through 2010, the road team in the Winter Classic proceeded to lose in the Stanley Cup Final (Penguins, Red Wings and Flyers, respectively). This trend ended in 2011 as the Capitals played in the Winter Classic against Pittsburgh but lost in the second round of the playoffs. Could this trend be revived in 2012? Will the Rangers win the Cup?

    Also, one team involved in every Winter Classic has gone on the win the Stanley Cup the following season. The Penguins played in the 2008 Winter Classic and won the 2009 Stanley Cup, the Blackhawks played in the 2009 Winter Classic and won the 2010 Stanley Cup, and the Bruins played in the 2010 Winter Classic and won the 2011 Stanley Cup.

    Will the Capitals or Penguins, who played in the 2011 Winter Classic, win the Stanley Cup in 2012? Will the Rangers or Flyers win it in 2013? Will the Red Wings or Maple Leafs win it in 2014?

Old-Time Hockey

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    Every year since 2004, either an Original Six and/or a Canadian team has played in the Stanley Cup Final

    2004 - Calgary Flames

    2006 - Edmonton Oilers

    2007 - Ottawa Senators

    2008 - Detroit Red Wings

    2009 - Detroit Red Wings

    2010 - Chicago Blackhawks

    2011 - Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks

    Interestingly, Original Six teams are 3-1 in the Final since then, while Canadian teams are 0-4

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