Sports NHL’s Sweet 16: Crunching the numbers for the Stanley Cup playoffs

19:27  11 april  2018
19:27  11 april  2018 Source:   Toronto Star

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Full schedule and broadcast info

  Stanley Cup Playoffs: Full schedule and broadcast info Hockey Night in Canada's coverage of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs features Toronto facing Boston, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia reigniting the battle of Pennsylvania, and Vegas making its post-season debut against Los Angeles beginning Wednesday, April 11. Games 1 through 4 of each series will be broadcast live on CBC Television. Here is the complete schedule (all times ET): Eastern Conference Boston vs. Toronto Thursday, April 12 — 7 p.m. — Toronto at Boston (CBC) Saturday, April 14 — 8 p.m. — Toronto at Boston (CBC) Monday, April 16 — 7:30 p.m. — Boston at Toronto (CBC) Wednesday, April 18 — 7:30 p.m.

The number of teams qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs remained unchanged at 16 . All NHL team jerseys customized with NHL players' names and numbers are officially licensed by the NHL and the NHLPA.

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This will be first time that the Minnesota Wild and Winnipeg Jets will meet in the playoffs.© Trevor Hagan This will be first time that the Minnesota Wild and Winnipeg Jets will meet in the playoffs.

DENVER—Pittsburgh Penguins right winger Josh Jooris wears No. 16. That happens to be the total wins necessary for the team to retain the Stanley Cup for a third straight season.

There are lots of relevant numbers to be crunched heading into the playoffs, which begin Wednesday night. For instance, zero comes to mind, which is the number of expansion teams that have hoisted the Cup after starting from scratch. That’s a figure the upstart Vegas Golden Knights are aiming to update.

Or Sweet 16 — the number of teams that still have a shot at that coveted trophy. Here is a by-the-numbers glance at a post-season that will last two action-packed months. Welcome to beard-growing season:

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16 — Game-winning playoff goals for Toronto forward Patrick Marleau.

15 — Times Claude Giroux of Philadelphia had at least two assists in a game this season. He and Blake Wheeler of Winnipeg tied for the league lead with 68.

14 — Career playoff goals in 55 games for Winnipeg forward Paul Stastny , who was acquired from St. Louis in February.

13 — Age of New Jersey forward Nico Hischier the last time the Devils made the post-season in 2011-12.

12 — Spot where Anaheim defenceman Cam Fowler was picked in the 2010 entry draft. He’s played the third-most NHL regular season games of anyone in that draft class.

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The 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs of the National Hockey League ( NHL ) will begin on April 11, 2018, a few days after the 2017–18 NHL season, and will end with the Stanley Cup Finals in June, to determine the winner of the Stanley Cup .

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11 — 11:45 p.m. The time Game 2 of the 1951 semifinal series between Boston and Toronto — who meet in the first round this season — was halted at 1-1. Maple Leaf Gardens needed to clear patrons by midnight because of a Toronto ordinance in effect, according to the Bruins website .

10 — Post-season shutouts by Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury in his career.

9 — Uniform number of Artemi Panarin , who led Columbus with 82 points. No. 9 Filip Forsberg also led his Nashville team in scoring with 64, and No. 9 Taylor Hall led New Jersey with 93. Cloud Nine for sure.

8 — Overtime playoff goals scored by Avalanche Hall of Famer-turned-executive Joe Sakic , the most for a career. Maurice “Rocket” Richard is next with six.

7 — New teams that weren’t in the playoffs a season ago, matching the biggest year-to-year change. It includes Colorado, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Vegas and Winnipeg.

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The Stanley Cup playoffs are upon us. Boss won’t give you paid vacation time to follow your team to silver glory? So, your team was invited to the cool kid’s party. The NHL ’ s final 16 . Paper towels on the left for those who’ve been salivating since October.

As has been the case since 1979-80, 16 teams will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs . All NHL team jerseys customized with NHL players' names and numbers are officially licensed by the NHL and the NHLPA.

6 — Approximate length, in inches — or maybe in feet — of the impressive beard grown by Brent Burns of San Jose. The gold standard of whiskers.

5.9 — Goals averaged per game this season, an increase of 7 per cent from a year ago. There were 7,552 regular-season goals.

5 — Combined playoff hat tricks for Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby (2) and Evgeni Malkin (2), along with Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (1). Wayne Gretzky had 10.

4a — Number of times a team has rallied from a 0-3 playoff deficit to win a series. The last occurrence was the Kings over the Sharks during the first round in 2014.

4b — Times since the conference format was introduced in ’74-75 the last-place team from each side earned a playoff spot the next season. New Jersey and Colorado had the distinction in 2017-18, joining the Red Wings/Rockies (finished last in ’76-77), Bruins/Sharks (last in ’96-97) and Maple Leafs/Oilers (last in ’15-16).

3 — Draft picks Vegas surrendered to Detroit at the trade deadline to acquire forward Tomas Tatar , who has three goals and four assists in 17 playoff games.

2 — Number of Canadian teams in the post-season, which is less than California (three).

1.95 — Career goals-against average for Pittsburgh’s Matt Murray in the playoffs.

1a — Number of players born in France in these playoffs (Pierre-Edouard Bellemare of Vegas).

1b — Number of players born in Nebraska in these playoffs (Jake Guentzel of Pittsburgh).

0 — Times Minnesota and Winnipeg have faced each other in the playoffs. The two first-round foes never met in the NHL playoffs when Minnesota had the North Stars (now in Dallas) or Winnipeg had the original Jets (now in Arizona).

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