Regardless of the winning team, this year the NHL will crown the lowest seed ever to win the Stanley Cup. Previously, the fifth-seeded 1995 New Jersey Devils were the lowest seed to hoist the Cup.
Dustin Brown has been a monster for the Kings in the playoffs. Brown ranks third in points (16), and his plus-13 is tied with teammate Anze Kopitar for the postseason lead in plus/minus. Brown also has 67 hits in 14 games, averaging 4.8 per game (both third in playoffs among players with at least 10 games played).
The Devils (47.5 faceoff win percentage) and the Kings (48.2 win percentage) are the worst and second-worst among playoff teams. New Jersey’s Travis Zajac (56.5 percent) and Los Angeles’ Mike Richards (51.2 percent) are the only two qualified players in this series with a faceoff win percentage over 50 percent.
Both teams should keep the puck low in this series. Martin Brodeur has allowed a playoff-high 26 of his 37 goals on low shots. Jonathan Quick only allowed 22 goals in the first three rounds but 16 of them (72.7 percent) were on low shots.
New Jersey (1.62) and Los Angeles (1.53) rank first and second, respectively, in 5-on-5 goals for/against ratio. However, New Jersey’s power play ranks fourth in the playoffs (18.2 percent), while the Los Angeles power play (8.1 percent) is 15th out of 16 playoff teams.
Martin Brodeur has four assists in the playoffs, one more than all other playoff goalies combined. Brodeur’s four assists is a higher total than Mike Fisher, Martin Erat, T.J. Oshie, Patrik Elias and Mike Green -- all of whom have played in at least nine games.
FROM ELIAS: Brodeur’s four assists is the most of any goalie in a single postseason. The last goalies to have three assists in one postseason were Tom Barrasso, Kirk McLean and Glenn Healy, who all did it in 1992-93.
This is the seventh time a team from the Pacific time zone will face a team from the Eastern time zone in the Stanley Cup final. In five of the previous six occurrences, the team from the East won the Cup.