The Kings have never…

…swept a seven game playoff series.

…won a seven game series in five games (until this year).

…won the first three games of two consecutive series (until now).

…won the first three games of any seven game series before this year. (They have only won the first two games in a series twice, before this year: 1968 and 1976.)

…had a 7-1 record after eight playoff games (until now). They were 5-3 to start 2001, 1993, 1991,and 1976; 4-4 to start 1990, 1989, 1982, 1977 and 1969.

…won consecutive seven game series in fewer than 12 games (1993, rounds one and two in 6 games each).

…won consecutive playoff series, except for 1993, when they won three.

Bonus late night numbers: after the first eight games of any playoff year, the Kings are 11-26 (disclaimer: I might have miscounted, so don’t quote me). It wasn’t until one of those Gretzky years (1991, I think) in which they finally won a game after the first eight (game 6 in the second round). Before 1991, the Kings were 0-12 in playoff games after the first 8 games in any post-season. Most of the wins (8 of them) came in 1993. Two came in the 2001 Colorado series. I’m tired and bleary-eyed, but I think these numbers are right.

 

  8 comments for “The Kings have never…

  1. Garrett79
    May 4, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    No #8 seed has ever defeated a #1 seed and a #2 seed in the same playoff year.

    Two 8 seeds came close:
      •the 2009 Ducks beat the Sharks in the first round and then lost to the #2 Red Wings in the second in seven games
      •the 2006 Oilers beat the Red Wings in the first round in a year where all four top seeds in the West were upset but faced the Eastern Conference’s #2 seeded Hurricanes in the Final and lost in seven

  2. Garrett79
    May 4, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    The team record for consecutive playoff wins in 5, all in 2001 (Games 3-6 against Detroit and Game 1 against Colorado). A victory in Game 4 against St. Louis will tie that mark.

  3. Garrett79
    May 4, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    And another, “the Kings have never…”

    The Kings have never won a playoff games against the Blues before (0-8)… until this year!

  4. USHA#17
    May 4, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    And another first:  In 36 years I have never felt as confident about a Kings team in a series…irrespective of what the game four result may be.  The grinding St. Louis is absorbing reminds of the that Colorado series.

    • May 4, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      A winning streak in the playoffs will do that to you. 

    • DougS
      May 4, 2012 at 1:46 PM

      Same here. It’s disorienting, but in a good way — kind of like the first time you went to Disneyland as a kid.

      • USHA#17
        May 4, 2012 at 3:16 PM

         I remember the conference win.  First thought wasn’t elation.  More along the line of “well whadda you know, they’re actually gonna play for the cup”. 

  5. sstephen17
    May 4, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    The Kings have never won a Stanley Cup…until this year?

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