Stanley Cup lessons

West Side Story

West Coast Teams In Stanley Cup Final During Post-Expansion Era (Entering 2012 Postseason)

It has been a banner run for the Los Angeles Kings in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Kings are 12-2 this postseason, including 8-0 on the road (the best road win streak to start a playoff year in league history) and they have advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1993.

However, as the Kings prep for the Cup Final, here are a couple of historical notes that don't paint such a rosy picture of potential Cup success:

• The Kings are the seventh West Coast team (defined as a team from a state or province that borders the Pacific Ocean for this discussion) to reach the Cup Final in the post-expansion era (1967-68 to present). Only one of the previous six finalists from the West Coast went on to win the Cup, the 2007 Anaheim Ducks.

Planting Seeds

Teams Seeded 6th Or Lower To Reach Stanley Cup Final Under Current Playoff Format (Entering 2012)

• In addition, as the 8-seed in the West, the Kings are also the seventh team seeded 6th or lower to reach the Stanley Cup Final under the current conference-based playoff format, which was first used in 1994. No team seeded 6th or lower has won the Stanley Cup under this format. The New Jersey Devils are the lowest seed to win the Cup, winning as a 5-seed in 1995.

The Kings are set to face the winner of the Eastern Conference Final between the Rangers and Devils. Game 1 will be May 30. Visit ESPN's series page here: Rangers vs. Devils.