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Kings become fifth franchise in history to start playoffs 11-1

May 17, 2012, 11:50 PM EDT

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It might be time to crown the 2012 Los Angeles Kings the best eighth seed in NHL history (but feel free to provide some counterpoints in the comments). If nothing else, they’ve had one of the hottest starts of any team – regardless of seeding – as NBC Sports Network provided an interesting stat. The Kings are now the fifth franchise (and sixth team) to go 11-1 in their first 12 playoff games.

Here’s the list, with an asterisk for the teams/franchise that ended up winning it all.

Montreal Canadiens (1968)*
Montreal Canadiens (1976)*
New York Islanders (1983)
Detroit Red Wings (1995)
Pittsburgh Penguins (2008)
Los Angeles Kings (2012) – TBD

Liam McHugh remarked that “only” those Habs teams ended up winning the Cup, but there are number of factors that make that more reasonable. The most obvious is that the Stanley Cup finals can be a new ballgame altogether; sometimes one conference is notably weaker than the other. The 2008 Penguins are an obvious example. They buzzed through so-so East teams until they ran into a brick wall known as the Detroit Red Wings.

So let me ask: will the Kings become the third team and second franchise to win a Cup after starting 11-1? (Note that they’ll start the next round on the road regardless of which East team advances.)

  1. sharksfan754 - May 17, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    This team is a juggernaut

  2. furkmyster - May 18, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    1983 was the Islanders 4th straight Stanley Cup win too dumbass McHugh.

    • islandersfan - May 18, 2012 at 1:16 AM

      Completely agreed,

      • skippyx - May 18, 2012 at 1:52 AM

        The 1982-83 Islanders went 7-3 in the first two rounds.
        The 1983-84 Islanders also went 7-3 in the first two rounds.
        The Islanders have nothing to do with 11-1 starts.

      • islandersfan - May 18, 2012 at 1:40 PM

        You are correct on that front, only intended to point out the islanders won that year :) The oilers were the ones that went 11-1 that year and my isles spanked them :)

  3. blomfeld - May 18, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    1) The LA KIngs Rule !

    2) O’Brien “knows” what’s going on !

    3) Elvis will forever be the “King” !

    that pretty much sums it up friends … God bless everyone … :) … and GO KINGS GO !!!!

  4. highlander24 - May 18, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    GO KINGS GO!!!!!

  5. namriverrat69 - May 18, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    I can’t remember when I saw a team consistently pass so crisply. This team so far doesn’t appear to read it’s press clippings. They are focused on the end of the voyage, one game at a time. They continue on to finally hold aloft the Cup. This LA Kings team is a beast.


  6. bag217 - May 18, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    The 82-83 Oilers were 11-1 before losing to the Islanders in the finals.

    • lafavs - May 18, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      Yeah that one was a head scratcher too, first in that the Islanders DID win the Cup that year, thus needing an asterisk, then also because they didn’t start 11-1. Clearly he meant Oilers in this case, and not the Isles.

  7. comeonnowguys - May 18, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    So the last three that did it didn’t win the Cup? That’s kind of interesting.

    • biasedhomer - May 18, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      I believe all of those team won it.

      • comeonnowguys - May 18, 2012 at 9:52 AM

        “Here’s the list, with an asterisk for the teams/franchise that ended up winning it all.”

  8. RoseTintedVisor - May 19, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    Who did the research on this? Own it.

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