Afternoon jam: Quick playoff facts

• The Stanley Cup playoffs begin Wednesday with 3 games. The Vancouver Canucks won the Presidents' Trophy for the 2nd straight season and they host the Kings in the quarterfinals. The Red Wings are in the playoffs for the 21st-straight season, the longest active streak in the 4 major pro sports. They open at Nashville. The Flyers-Penguins series also begins Wednesday. Pittsburgh is the favorite to win the Stanley Cup, according to MGM Resorts International, with 7-2 odds.

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Quarterfinals Game 1

Eastern Conference

5 Flyers at 4 Penguins – 7:30 ET

* Flyers won season-series 4-2 (1 of 6 games went to OT, won by Flyers)

* Flyers: 67 PP goals (most in NHL)

* Penguins: Pascal Dupuis ended regular-season on 17-game point streak (longest streak in NHL this season)

* Penguins: Lost 5 of 6 games vs Flyers at Consol Energy Center since it opened in October 2010 (won last)

Western Conference

5 Red Wings at 4 Predators – 8 ET

* Season-series tied 3-3

* Red Wings: In playoffs for 21st-consecutive season (longest active streak in all 4 major pro sports)

* Red Wings: Opening on road in playoffs for just 2nd time in last 20 seasons (2009-10 season)

* Predators: Opening at home in playoffs for 1st time since 2006-07 season (lost in 5 games)

8 Kings at 1 Canucks – 10:30 ET

* Canucks: Won Presidents' Trophy for 2nd straight year (lost in Cup Final last year)

* Canucks: Won season-series 2-1-1

* Kings: Lost in Quarterfinals in 2 of last 3 seasons (2009-10 and 2010-11)

* Kings: Won 1 postseason series since making Stanley Cup finals in 1992-93 season