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Teams that climb as fast as the Kings, usually fall in finals

May 24, 2012, 9:40 AM EST

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The Los Angeles Kings couldn’t have been much more dominant in their road to the Stanley Cup Finals. With a 12-2 record, can the winner of the New Jersey Devils-New York Rangers series possibly stand in their way? Yes, actually. In fact, if anything, history is not on the Kings’ side.

The last four squads to post a 12-2 record through three rounds lost in the Stanley Cup Finals. They were Chicago (1992), Detroit (1995), Anaheim (2003), and Pittsburgh (2008). In fact, since the opening round became a best-of-seven series, only the Edmonton Oilers in 1987 and 1988 managed to win the Stanley Cup after breezing through with a 12-2 record.

Of course, history lessons like that should be taken with a grain of salt. The odds aren’t automatically against the Los Angeles Kings just because the majority of past teams that cruised to the Stanley Cup finals ended up faltering.

A more positive way to look at it for Los Angeles is that they’re closing in on some playoff records. Los Angeles has a perfect 8-0 road record and no team has ever won more than 10 road games in a single postseason run. If the Kings sweep the Stanley Cup Finals, then they will tie the 1988 Edmonton Oilers – a team that included Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, and Jari Kurri – for the least games needed to win a Stanley Cup under the current playoff format.

History might not be on the Kings’ side – but then, how many eighth seeds get to the Stanley Cup Finals in the first place? History was never their friend, but that’s fine because they’re rewriting it.

  1. polegojim - May 24, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Kings biggest enemy is letting up when they’re rolling.

    They underestimated the Coyotes and lost for it.

    When you have a team in your sights, finish the job. You can’t wound them and hope they slink away quietly. Killer instinct = put them down. Get it, Keep it, Win with it.

  2. doclolly - May 24, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    “The last four squads to post a 12-2 record through three rounds lost in the Stanley Cup Finals. They were Chicago (1992), Detroit (1995), Anaheim (2003), and Pittsburgh (2008)”

    LA should probably be rooting for the Rangers then, because the Devils were on the winning side in 2 out of those 4 finals (’95 & ’03)

  3. blomfeld - May 24, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    “History was never their friend, but that’s fine because they’re rewriting it” …

    At first glance, this headline is both provocative and highly incendiary. However this closing line by Dadoun definitely assuages any angst or upset which one may have initially felt …. :)

    GO KING GO FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. bcisleman - May 24, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    I’d think they’d have a tough time with he Devils, but the Rangers will have played in 7 more playoff games than they have if the Rangers are to make it. Have to think that would work in the Kings favor in a LA-NY matchup.

  5. bleed4philly - May 25, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    But brown didnt touch the trophy, so they gotta good chance to prove you wrong

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