Game 7: By the numbers
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Stanley Cup finals have come down to Monday's game. Some will turn to hockey superstitions to predict a winner. But we offer up some Game 7 history as food for thought.
• Monday's game makes the first time that three consecutive Stanley Cup finals have gone seven games (2003, 2004, 2006).
• The game will be the 14th Game 7 in finals history. The home team is 11-2 and has won the last five.
• The Oilers will try to become just the second team in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup after trailing 3-1. Toronto beat Detroit in 1942 after falling behind 3-0.
• The Hurricanes are looking for their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, while the Oilers are chasing their sixth (their last came in 1990).
• Hurricanes defenseman Glen Wesley is the current active player to appear in the most career postseason games without winning the Cup (168).
• There have been 118 Game 7s in NHL history. The home team has won 74 times (.627) and has won 13 of 19 dating back to Game 7 of the 2001 Stanley Cup finals. Road teams have been better recently, taking five of the last 10 (.500). The home team has not lost a Game 7 since 1971, when Montreal upset Chicago in the old Chicago Stadium. Monday's game takes place in Raleigh, N.C.
• Of the 118 series that have gone seven games, the team trailing 3-2 after five games has gone on to win the series 58 times (.492). A team has won Games 5, 6 and 7 to win a best-of-seven series 20 times. The last time it happened was in 2004 when the Habs beat the Bruins.
• Since the Stanley Cup final went to a best-of-seven format in 1939, the series has gone the distance 13 times and two of those games went into overtime:
--1950: Detroit beats New York Rangers, 4-3. Pete Babando scores at 28:31 of OT as the Red Wings came back from a 3-2 series deficit to win the Cup.
--1954: Detroit beats Montreal, 2-1. Tony Leswick scores at 4:29 of OT. The Canadiens rallied from a 3-1 deficit only to lose in Game 7.
• Monday marks the fifth Game 7 in Carolina's franchise history. The Hurricanes won their most recent Game 7 against the Buffalo Sabres in the 2006 Eastern Conference finals and have a 1-3 record in its four Game 7 appearances.
• The Oilers post a 6-2 all-time record in Game 7s, their most recent Game 7 coming in the 1998 Western Conference quarterfinals against Colorado, a 4-0 win.
• The Oilers are 1-0 in Game 7 in the Stanley Cup finals, defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 on May 31, 1987 at Rexall Place on a goal by Jari Kurri.
• The Oilers have faced elimination a total of 28 times in their playoff history and are 14-14 (.500). Edmonton is 5-8 (385) at home and 9-6 (.600) on the road.
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