Morning jam: Playoffs first-night edition!

The 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs begin Tuesday as 3 Western Conference quarterfinals series begin. The Kings, trying to become the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions since the Red Wings in 1998, will take on the Blues. The Blackhawks, trying to become the first team to win the Stanley Cup after having the league’s most points in the regular season since the Red Wings in 2008, take on the Wild. And the Red Wings, making their 22nd straight playoff appearance, take on the Ducks.

2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Western Conference Quarterfinals

8 Wild at 1 Blackhawks – Game 1 - 8 ET

* Blackhawks: went 2-0-1 vs Wild during regular season

* Blackhawks: won Presidents’ Trophy for league’s best regular season record (77 pts); a team has not won Presidents’ Trophy and Stanley Cup in same season since 2007-08 Red Wings

* Blackhawks: led all Western Conference teams in goals during regular season (155)

* Blackhawks: led NHL in team goals-against average during regular season (1.98)

* Wild: 1st playoff appearance since 2007-08 season

* Wild: have not won a playoff series since 2003 Western Conference Semifinals vs Canucks

* 1st-ever playoff series meeting between these teams

Playoff Results For Presidents’ Trophy Winners Since 2007-08

Winner PointsPlayoff Result

2012-13 Blackhawks 77 ?

2011-12 Canucks 111 Lost, Conf. Qtrs.

2010-11 Canucks 117Lost, Cup Final

2009-10 Capitals121Lost, Conf. Qtrs.

2008-09 Sharks117Lost, Conf. Qtrs.

2007-08 Red Wings 115 Won Stanley Cup

5 Kings at 4 Blues – Game 1 – 8 ET

* Kings: trying to be 1st team to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions since Red Wings in 1997 & 1998

* Kings: 4th straight playoff appearance (team’s longest streak of playoff appearances since making playoffs 7 straight years from 1986-87 through 1992-93)

* Kings: went 3-0-0 vs Blues during regular season

* Kings: swept Blues in 2012 Conference Semifinals

* Blues: only 3rd playoff appearance in last 8 seasons (2nd straight playoff appearance)

* Blues: have won 2 of previous 3 playoff meetings vs Kings all-time

7 Red Wings at 2 Ducks – Game 1 – 10:30 ET

* Red Wings: 22nd straight playoff appearance (longest active postseason streak in the 4 major pro sports)

* Red Wings: went 2-1-0 vs Ducks during regular season

* Red Wings: 7 seed in team’s lowest seed since current playoff format was adopted in 1993-94 (are a 5 seed or lower for 3rd time in last 4 seasons)

* Henrik Zetterberg (DET): 3rd among active players in playoff goals (51)

* Ducks: only 2nd playoff appearance in last 4 seasons after making playoffs in 4 straight seasons from 2005-06 through 2008-09

* Ducks: 2 seed matches highest playoff seed in franchise history (2007 – won Stanley Cup that postseason)

* Ducks: led all Western Conference teams in power play percentage at 21.5 pct (4th overall)

* Red Wings have won 3 of 5 playoff series meetings vs Ducks all-time (Red Wings won last meeting in 2009 Conference Semifinals)

Longest Active Playoff Appearances Streaks

In The Four Major Pro Sports

NHL 22 Detroit Red Wings, 1990-91 to 2012-13

NBA 16 San Antonio Spurs, 1997-98 to 2012-13

NFL 5 Baltimore Ravens, 2008 to 2012

MLB 4 New York Yankees, 2009 to 2012