Stats & Info: Martin St. Louis

Top stats to know: 2014 Stanley Cup finals

June, 4, 2014
Jun 4
The 2014 Stanley Cup finals begins Wednesday when the Los Angeles Kings host the New York Rangers. The teams have met twice before in postseason play, with the Rangers winning the Preliminary Round series over the Kings in 1979 & 1981.

The Kings are in the Cup finals for the second time in three seasons, while the Rangers are making their first finals appearance since 1994.

Here are some of the top stats to know heading into this coast-to-coast series.

The matchup
This series is the first championship meeting between a team from New York City and a team from Los Angeles in the four major sports since 1981, when the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Yankees in six games in the 1981 World Series.

Both the Rangers and the Kings had long series in each of the first three rounds of the 2014 playoffs. The Kings played 21 games (all three series going seven games), while the Rangers played 20 (two seven-game series and a six-game series).

Since all four rounds of the playoffs became seven-game series in 1987, no Stanley Cup Champion had played more than 18 games in the first three rounds of the playoffs, a mark that the eventual winner of this series has already surpassed.

The Kings
The Kings are trying to become the third West Coast team in the post-expansion era to win the Stanley Cup. The Kings themselves won in 2012 over New Jersey, while the Anaheim Ducks won in 2007 over the Ottawa Senators.

Kings center Anze Kopitar currently leads the playoffs in assists (19) and points (24). In Kings history, only Wayne Gretzky has had more assists in a single postseason (25) and only Gretzky (40) and Tomas Sandstrom (25) have racked up more points.

On the defensive end, the Kings allowed the fewest goals during the 2013-14 regular season (174). Since the NHL first made the playoffs more conference-based for the 1993-94 season, the team that has allowed the fewest goals during the regular season has gone on to win the Stanley Cup only four times.

The Rangers
The Rangers are seeking their first Stanley Cup since 1994, when they beat Vancouver in the Final. The Rangers have won the Stanley Cup four previous times, trailing only the Red Wings(11), Bruins (6) & Blackhawks (5) in Cup wins among U.S.-based teams.

Veteran right wing Martin St. Louis is among three Rangers tied for the team lead in points (with Derek Stepan & Ryan McDonagh) this postseason with 13 in 20 games. During the regular season, St. Louis had just eight points in 19 games with the Rangers after being acquired in a deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning at the trade deadline.

While there will be no shortage of offensive power, this series may come down to the netminders. Among the goaltenders on the rosters of the 16 teams to make the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, none has more career playoff shutouts than the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist (9). Just behind him on that list is the Kings’ Jonathan Quick (8).

Impact players shipped at deadline

March, 6, 2014
Mar 6

Adam Hunger/USA TODAY SportsMartin St. Louis should give the Rangers an offense a boost down the stretch.
Some big names were moved in the NHL this week – here are the key stats to know about some of the notables relocating:

St. Louis traded by Tampa Bay Lightning to New York Rangers for Ryan Callahan and draft picks
Arguably the biggest name to move was former-MVP and reigning Art Ross Trophy winner (most points) Martin St. Louis. The winger should immediately help a Rangers team that entered the day tied for 18th in the league in goals scored with 162.

St. Louis is eighth among active skaters in scoring with 973 points and is a goal shy of reaching 30 for the seventh time in his career.

Miller traded along with Steve Ott by Buffalo Sabres to St. Louis Blues for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier and two draft picks
Last Friday, the Blues picked up former Vezina winner Ryan Miller and center Steve Ott from the Sabres. Among goalies to play at least 150 games over the last 5 seasons, Miller’s .920 save percentage ranks fifth-best.

Gaborik traded by Columbus Blue Jackets to Los Angeles Kings for Matt Frattin and draft picks
The Kings hope Marian Gaborik can find the fountain of youth with a trip to Los Angeles. Gaborik has played in just 69 games over the last two seasons with 18 goals, but in his prime was a 40-goal/80-point threat.

Despite being one of the best teams in hockey this season, the Kings offense has left a lot to be desired – averaging just 2.4 goals per game.

Luongo traded along with Steven Anthony by Vancouver Canucks to Florida Panthers for Jacob Markstrom and Shawn Matthias
Roberto Luongo
Thursday the Canucks parted ways with Roberto Luongo – this coming just over eight months after they shipped Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils.

Luongo is Vancouver’s all-time leader in wins and shutouts and among goalies to play at least 100 games for the franchise, Luongo also has the best save percentage and goals-against average.

A total of 16 goalies were traded within this season including six on deadline day. Two of the goalies traded Wednesday – Devan Dubnyk and Halak – were traded for the second time this season.

Bruins need power-play surge vs Lightning

May, 14, 2011
The last time the Boston Bruins played for the right to go to the Stanley Cup Final, "Lethal Weapon 3" was big at the box office and Kris Kross was getting people to wear their clothes backwards.

The Bruins are playing in their first Conference Final since 1992 after they disposed of the Philadelphia Flyers in four games on May 6. They will face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning, who last got to this round in 2004 - and went on to win the Stanley Cup.

Amazingly, they are the most recent winner of the Cup among the four teams remaining in the field (the Bruins last won in 1972 while the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks have yet to win the trophy).

After receiving very little production in the Conference Quarterfinals, the Bruins' top offensive line of David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton came alive in the second round. The trio combined for 19 points with eight goals and 11 assists after the trio had just six points combined against the Montreal Canadiens in the previous series.

Boston has enjoyed its playoff success with very little support on special teams. So far this postseason, the Bruins have scored two power-play goals in 37 chances (5.4 percent). One of the goals came on a 5-on-3 situation in Game 3 against the Flyers when the result was well decided.

Now they face the Lightning, who have been one of the more dynamic squads this postseason, especially on special teams. Tampa Bay has only allowed three goals in 54 power-play chances (94.4 percent) and at one point killed off 32 consecutive penalties from Game 4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins to Game 3 against the Washington Capitals.

The Lightning's power play has been equally effective. They are the only team in double-digits in playoff power-play goals (12) and their 26.7 power-play percentage is the highest among teams that advanced past the Conference Quarterfinals.

But while the Bruins will have to be aware of stars like Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Steven Stamkos, they also have to focus on another more surprising player -- Sean Bergenheim, whose seven goals is tied with for the postseason lead.

He has been the Lightning's most productive player, and has done so with only a slight increase in ice time (43 seconds) from his regular-season average. He's also doubled his points per game in the playoffs (.363 during the regular season to .727 in the postseason).