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Stanley Cup final: Facts and figures

LOS ANGELES -- The Devils and Kings are ready for Game Six of the Stanley Cup final tonight in Staples Center. The Kings have a 3-2 lead in the series. Twenty-six of the 32 teams that had a 3-2 lead went on to win the Cup.

Here are some other facts and figures, via NHL public relations.

* A team has had a 3-0 lead 25 times in the finals. Twenty teams completed the sweep. Three others won in five games. If the Kings win, this would make the first time in NHL history a team won the first three, dropped the next two and won in six games. The 1942 Maple Leafs are the only team to come back from three-zip and win it all. Detroit came back after trailing 3-0 but lost the seventh seven game to Toronto in 1945.

* Since 1939, teams with a chance to clinch the Cup on home ice are 40-20, but have lost six of the past eigtht in that situation since 2000. That includes the past four: 2008 Red Wings, 2009 Red Wings and the 2011 Canucks. Anaheim was the last team to win the title at home, which it did in 2007.

* Devils goal Martin Brodeur, with a win tonight, would tie Patrick Roy for fifth place for victories in the finals with 18. Jacques Plante had 25, Ken Dryden 24, Turk Broda 21 and Terry Sawchuk 19. Brodeur is currently tied with Billy Smith.

* The Kings were 12-0 in the first three games of a playoff series but 3-4 after Game Three. The Devils were 4-8 in the first three games, 10-1 in the fourth game and beyond.

* The road team has a 47-38 record in the playoffs, marking the highest win total for road teams in one postseason. The Kings are 10-1 after their record 10-game streak ended Saturday in Game Five.

* Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador had no goals and nine assists in 82 games during the regular season, but he's tied with LA's Drew Doughty for the scoring lead among defensemen. Both have four goals and 14 points. Salvador's postseason point total in the most ever for a player who played at least 70 games and had fewer than 10 points during the regular season.

--- Bucky Gleason

 

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