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L.A. Kings, Minnesota Wild and NHL Teams with the Most Game 7 Road Wins

The Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild Advance After Game 7 Wins On The Road In The 2014 Stanley Cup Western Conference Quarter-Finals

The Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild Advance After Game 7 Wins On The Road In The 2014 Stanley Cup Western Conference Quarter-Finals

Do you know how hard it is to win Game 7 on the road in the Stanley Cup Playoffs?

Pretty hard. Not impossible, but tough to come by. Even the best of the best have only done it five times.

We’re talking over 80 years of best-of-seven series. The NHL introduced that format (for at least one round of the playoffs) back in the 1930′s.

So, hat’s off to the Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild who both just won their Game 7′s on the road in the 2014 Western Conference Quarter-Finals. What’s crazier, the Kings just became only the fourth team in NHL history and the fifth American sports team ever to come back from being down 3-0 and win Game 7.

Both the Kings and Wild have won Game 7 on the road twice before. In 2003, the Wild did it twice in one postseason, in back-to-back rounds, before getting swept 4-0 in the Western Conference Finals by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Oh well.

All together, 24 teams have won a Game 7 on the road 61 times. The Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs are the fivers.

I’m scratching together the exact rounds and games. In the meantime, thanks to the best source around: hockey-reference.com and their play index, where I ran this query.

TEAM GAME 7 WINS ON THE ROAD
1. Montreal Canadiens 5
1. Pittsburgh Penguins 5
1. Toronto Maple Leafs 5
4. New Jersey Devils 4
5. Calgary Flames 3
5. Detroit Red Wings 3
5. Edmonton Oilers 3
5. Los Angeles Kings 3
5. Minnesota Wild 3
5. New York Islanders 3
5. Philadelphia Flyers 3
5. St. Louis Blues 3
5. San Jose Sharks 3
14. Carolina Hurricanes 2
14. Minnesota North Stars 2
14. Quebec Nordiques 2
14. Vancouver Canucks 2
18. Boston Bruins 1
18. Chicago Black Hawks (1965) 1
18. Florida Panthers 1
18. Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2006) 1
18. New York Rangers 1
18. Tampa Bay Lightning 1
18. Washington Capitals 1

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NBA: The Best Home Franchises in Playoff History

Home Sweet Home (But Not This Posteason)

Home Sweet Home (But Not This Postseason For The L.A. Lakers And Hardly Ever For The L.A. Clippers)

Whose house? The Lakers‘ apparently. They have the best home record in the postseason of any NBA franchise, going back to their (also) dominant (5 Titles) Minneapolis days.

Actually, just about every team is pretty good or better at home come playoff time, certainly over time. Only the Charlotte Bobcats haven’t won at home (or anywhere for that matter) – they’re 0-8 in the postseason.

But 29 of the 30 current franchises have playoff home win-loss percentages of .500 or more (through the date of this post). Just the Bobcats have that 0-4 losing record.

  NBA FRANCHISE HOME PLAYOFF WINS HOME PLAYOFF LOSSES HOME PLAYOFF W-L PCT. FRANCHISE’S FIRST SEASON
1. Los Angeles / Minneapolis Lakers 286 96 0.749 1948-49
2. Boston Celtics 230 87 0.726 1946-47
3. Chicago Bulls 118 46 0.720 1966-67
3. Miami Heat 72 28 0.720 1988-89
5. Utah Jazz 85 38 0.691 1974-75
6. Detroit / Fort Worth Pistons 124 57 0.685 1948-49
7. San Antonio Spurs 115 54 0.680 1976-77
8. Oklahoma City Thunder / Seattle SuperSonics 97 46 0.678 1967-68
9. Portland Trail Blazers 73 35 0.676 1970-71
10. Philadelphia 76ers // Syracuse Nationals 139 68 0.671 1949-50
11. New York Knicks 124 61 0.670 1946-47
12. Indiana Pacers 64 34 0.653 1976-77
13. Cleveland Cavaliers 47 27 0.635 1970-71
14. Golden State / San Francisco /Philadelphia Warriors 74 43 0.632 1946-47
15. Dallas Mavericks 56 33 0.629 1980-81
16. Atlanta / St. Louis / Milwaukee Hawks // Tri-Cities Blackhawks 101 60 0.627 1949-50
17. Los Angeles Clippers // Buffalo Braves 20 12 0.625 1970-71
18. New Orleans Pelicans // New Orleans / Charlotte Hornets 24 15 0.615 1988-89
19. Phoenix Suns 84 54 0.609 1968-69
20. Toronto Raptors 9 6 0.600 1995-96
21. Houston / San Diego Rockets 73 49 0.598 1967-68
22. Orlando Magic 37 25 0.597 1989-90
23. Milwaukee Bucks 65 45 0.591 1968-69
24. Washington Wizards // Washington / Capital / Baltimore Bullets 54 42 0.563 1961-62
25. Denver Nuggets 43 34 0.558 1976-77
26. Sacramento / Kansas City / Kansas City-Omaha Kings // Cincinnati / Rochester Royals 50 40 0.556 1948-49
27. Minnesota Timberwolves 12 11 0.522 1989-90
28. Memphis / Vancouver Grizzlies 13 12 0.520 1995-96
29. Brooklyn / New Jersey Nets 31 31 0.500 1967-68
30. Charlotte Bobcats 0 4 0.000 2004-05

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NHL: The Best Home Franchises in Stanley Cup Playoff History

The Best Home Playoff Team In The NHL? The Edmonton Oilers, Barely Over The Montreal Canadiens.

The Best Home Playoff Team In The NHL? The Edmonton Oilers, Barely Over The Montreal Canadiens.

Here’s a back-to-back for you, right in the middle of the NHL and NBA playoffs. First, today, we’ll take a look at the best home teams (franchises) in Stanley Cup Playoff history. Tomorrow, we’ll check out the NBA’s best. The lists are a little different, but not remarkably so.

Which league has the better home-ice or home-court advantage?

Let’s start with the NHL.

At the top, you have two teams that owned the league in the late 1970′s and early 1980′s and the most titled team of all. It goes Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders. Each have won about twice as many home playoff games as they lost.

Seven of the NHL’s 30 current franchises have losing home records in the postseason. Only six franchises have postseason winning percentages at home over .600.

NHL FRANCHISE HOME PLAYOFF W-L PCT. HOME PLAYOFF WINS HOME PLAYOFF LOSSES FRANCHISE’S FIRST SEASON
1. Edmonton Oilers 0.674 87 42 1979-80
2. Montreal Canadiens 0.668 241 120 1917-18
3. New York Islanders 0.661 78 40 1972-73
4. Anaheim Ducks / Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 0.649 37 20 1993-94
5. Chicago Blackhawks / Black Hawks 0.609 148 95 1926-27
6. Detroit Red Wings / Falcons / Cougars 0.600 186 124 1926-27
7. Philadelphia Flyers 0.594 129 88 1967-68
8. Colorado Avalanche // Quebec Nordiques 0.589 76 53 1979-80
9. Pittsburgh Penguins 0.582 89 64 1967-68
10. New Jersey Devils // Colorado Rockies // Kansas City Scouts 0.579 73 53 1974-75
11. St. Louis Blues 0.577 94 69 1967-68
11. Boston Bruins 0.577 177 130 1924-25
13. New York Rangers 0.575 122 90 1926-27
13. Dallas Stars // Minnesota North Stars 0.575 88 65 1967-68
13. Buffalo Sabres 0.575 73 54 1970-71
16. Toronto Maple Leafs / St. Patricks / Arenas 0.564 145 112 1917-18
17. Carolina Hurricanes // Hartford Whalers 0.557 34 27 1979-80
18. San Jose Sharks 0.552 48 39 1991-92
19. Calgary / Atlanta Flames 0.524 55 50 1972-73
20. Los Angeles Kings 0.519 56 52 1967-68
21. Ottawa Senators 0.500 30 30 1992-93
21. Tampa Bay Lighting 0.500 18 18 1992-93
21. Florida Panthers 0.500 10 10 1993-94
24. Washington Capitals 0.473 52 58 1974-75
25. Nashville Predators 0.462 12 14 1998-99
26. Vancouver Canucks 0.451 51 62 1970-71
27. Minnesota Wild 0.444 8 10 2000-01
28. Phoenix Coyotes // Winnipeg Jets I 0.386 22 35 1979-80
29. Columbus Blue Jackets 0.200 1 4 2000-01
30. Winnipeg Jets II // Atlanta Thrashers 0.000 0 2 1999-00

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