Stats & Info: Minnesota Wild

A statistical look at a night of NHL Game 7s

April, 30, 2014
Apr 30
The first round of the NHL Playoffs concludes Wednesday with a trio of Game 7s.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this will be the fifth time in NHL history that there will be at least three Game 7s played on the same day. The last time it happened was April 22, 2003.

Here is a look at some key stats to know for all three games.

New York Rangers at Philadelphia FlyersThis is the 2nd time the Flyers and Rangers have played a Game 7 against each other. In the 1974 Semifinals, the Flyers beat the Rangers, 4-3.

The Rangers are 5-0 at home in Game 7s, the best record of any team that has played at least 3 home games. However, the Flyers are 9-6 all-time in Game 7s, the best record of any team that has played at least 10 games overall.

The Flyers have won their last three game 7s, the last loss coming in the 2004 Conference Finals vs Lightning

Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche
With a win, Minnesota could become the only ACTIVE NHL, NBA or MLB franchise to go 3-0 all-time in Game 7s.

The Wild’s first win in a Game 7 was April 22, 2003 in Colorado.

Why is that notable? It was the final game in the Hall-of-Fame career of former Avalanche goaltender (and current coach) Patrick Roy. Andrew Brunette scored on Roy in OT that night to give Minnesota the victory.

Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks
These two teams are not unfamiliar with seeing each other in Game 7s. Last season, the Kings eliminated the Sharks in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals.
The Kings are the ninth team to force a Game 7 after trailing 3-0. Only 3 NHL teams have won a series when trailing 3-0 (1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1975 New York Islanders, 2010 Flyers).

On the other end of the ice, this is the second time that the Sharks have been pushed to a Game 7 after taking a 3-0 series lead (2011 vs Red Wings ... SJ won Game 7).

Other Game 7 notes
• The team scoring the first goal in Game 7 has won 111 of the 149 games (74.5 pct).

• Game 7s have gone into OT 37 times, with the home team winning 19 of those and road team winning 18.

• Of the 37 OT games in Game 7, eight have been decided in double OT, one in triple OT and one in a 4-OT game.

• The oldest player to score a Game 7 goal? Bruins' Mark Recchi, who scored a goal in 2011 against the Canadiens at age 43.

Playoff woes lead to Dany Heatley trade

July, 4, 2011
Dany Heatley
The San Jose Sharks entered the 2009 playoffs as the Western Conference's No. 1 seed after winning the Presidents' Trophy given to the team with the NHL's best record. What followed was a stunning first round exit at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks, another in a long line of postseason disappointments for the franchise.

Dany Heatley was acquired by the Sharks that offseason to help remedy the problem and lead the franchise to their first Stanley Cup Final appearance.

So how come after two seasons in which he ranked second on the team in goals scored (65) and points (146) -- ranking in the top 20 in the NHL in both categories -- does he find himself headed to the Minnesota Wild?

Heatley was a great producer for the Sharks in the regular season, but his production really took a hit come playoff time.

While the Sharks made consecutive conference finals appearances in his two years with the team -- San Jose made one conference final appearance in the teams first 17 seasons -- Heatley scored only five goals in 32 playoff games.

To give that some perspective, among players who played 20 postseason games over the last two seasons, Heatley was tied for the 47th-most goals scored. That's not something you would expect from a player who averaged more than 40 goals per season the past six years.

Heatley scored 14 game-winning goals in his two seasons in San Jose, including an NHL-best nine in his first season with the team. However it never carried over to the playoffs as he didn't score a single game winner in the postseason for the Sharks.

What the Wild do get is a player who can produce with the man advantage. Heatley scored 29 goal on the power play in his two years with the Sharks, third-most in the NHL. The Wild's top player in that span, Andrew Brunette, just signed with the Chicago Blackhawks when free agency opened this past Friday.

According to, Heatley will be the seventh-highest paid forward at $8 million this season. His cap hit of $7.5 million (average annual value of his contract) also ranks seventh among forwards for this upcoming season. He automatically becomes the Wild's highest paid player, topping Mikko Koivu's $6.75 million cap hit.

The Sharks are taking a bit of a risk with this deal as Martin Havlat, the player they received for Heatley, has posted similar career postseason numbers. While Havlat -- who was a teammate with Heatley for one season with the Ottawa Senators in 2005-06 -- has scored more playoff goals, he has accounted for eight less points despite playing in one more playoff game.

However Havlat's last two postseason appearances were impressive as he notched 15 points in the Blackhawks' conference finals run in 2009 and scored seven goals in the 2006 postseason with the Senators.