Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Top things to know: Stanley Cup finals
By ESPN Stats & Information
Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals will take place Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET. Here are the top things to know about the series:
• For the first time since 1979, two of the Original Six teams will meet in the Stanley Cup finals.
• The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins will meet in the Stanley Cup finals for the first time.
• The Blackhawks won the 2012-13 Presidents’ Trophy. Since the Presidents’ Trophy was first awarded in 1985-86, only seven teams have won it and the Stanley Cup in the same season. The Blackhawks are trying to become the first Presidents’ Trophy winner to claim the Stanley Cup in the same season since the 2007-08 Detroit Red Wings.
• Since the Bruins tied Game 7 of their conference quarterfinal series against the Maple Leafs with 51 seconds to go in the third period, they’ve trailed for just 35:07 of the 604:58 they’ve played (5.8 percent). They haven’t trailed by more than one goal during that stretch.
• Both teams are coming in hot. The Blackhawks are 7-1 in their past eight games since trailing 3-1 to the Red Wings in the conference semifinals. The Bruins are 9-1 in their past 10 playoff games (won past five).
• The Bruins have won five of their six all-time postseason meetings against the Blackhawks. It’s been 35 years since these two franchises have met in the postseason. The last series between them was the 1978 quarterfinals, when the Bruins swept the Blackhawks 4-0.
• This will be the first time since 2008 (Red Wings versus Penguins) that the Stanley Cup finalists will be meeting for the first time that season.