NHL Stanley Cup Finals: 25 Shocking Statistics About the Finals You Didn't Know

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NHL Stanley Cup Finals: 25 Shocking Statistics About the Finals You Didn't Know
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Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final between the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils is set to start tonight at 8:00pm ET.

Not even the most avid hockey fan could have predicted that a sixth seed and an eighth seed would be competing for the cup.

So many times before, we have seen that good regular season form does not guarantee success in the playoffs.

Giants fall and Cinderella stories emerge, but that's why we love it.

The Kings surprised everyone by dismantling the Canucks in five, sweeping the Blues, and defeating the No. 3 seeded Coyotes on their way to a 16-2 playoff record.

No such thing has happened in hockey since the 1988 Edmonton Oilers maintained the same record on their way to becoming champions.

The Devils road to the final proved to be a bit more difficult, scraping out a Game 7 win against the Panthers, winning in five against the Flyers and shocking the No. 1 seeded Rangers in six.

Despite this bizarre final matchup, both teams have proven that they are deserved contenders.

Here are 25 statistics I bet you didn't know about the Stanley Cup Finals, to get you hyped for tonight's showdown.

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