Questions tagged [postseason]

Questions about the postseason, also informally known as "playoffs," or the period of time after the regular season in which teams compete to win a championship. Questions using this tag should also be tagged with the specific sport(s) in question.

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What is the longest streak of a team being in playoffs, and what is the current ongoing streak?

With teams slowly but surely qualifying for playoffs, I'm wondering: What is the longest streak of being in playoffs in the NHL? And what is the current, still running, longest streak?
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Who holds the record for most dunks in a single playoff game?

Who holds the record for most dunks in a single postseason game? This is not restricted to a single league.
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How will the end season playoffs work for 2020-21 season?

Usually, the end of season playoffs are top 8 from each conference, but since this year, because of the pandemic, theres the North division and not really a east vs west conference, how will the end ...
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What sports that award the national title following playoffs with series adopted a bubble to limit the COVID-19 spread?

The "bubble" in the NBA was a successful experiment. I know that the NHL and the MLB did it too. Are there some other sports around the world that adopted this solution for the playoffs? In ...
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Highest record a nfl team can get and miss the playoffs

What is the highest record a team can get and miss the playoffs? Assume the 2019 scheduling rules and playoff setup.
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Where can I find info on “winning out” in the NFL?

When the playoffs approach, a team is said to win out if they win their remaining games on the schedule. This becomes especially important for teams who are not currently in the playoff picture. For ...
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Based on the pandemic-shortened playoff format for the MLB, what are the odds that a losing team would make the playoffs?

Because of the pandemic, MLB (major league baseball) adopted a new format where instead of the regular 10 teams (6 division leaders and 4 wild cards) make the playoffs, 16 teams made the playoffs. (6 ...
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Has an NHL or NBA champion ever won all playoffs series with the same record?

After losing game 3 of the 2019-20 NBA finals, the Los Angeles Lakers lead the Miami Heat 2-1 in the series. The Lakers got to the finals after beating the Portland Blazers, the Houston Rockets, and ...
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Has there ever been a game-winning tip play off an inbounds pass in an NBA playoff game or NCAA Tournament game?

The NBA has the Trent Tucker Rule, which states that if there is less than 0.3 seconds on the shot clock or game clock with a team inbounding the ball, then any player on that team cannot attempt to ...
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Has the NBA introduced any advantage for the home teams playing in the bubble playoffs?

The 2019-20 NBA season was restarted in a bubble in Orlando in July after it was shutdown due to COVID-19 in March. After the teams invited back played a few games, the playoffs started with the usual ...
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What are all the single game records broken in the 5OT game between Blue Jackets vs Lightning?

The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Tampa Bay Lightning played a marathon 5 overtime long game on their series opener of the round of 16 of the 2019-20 Stanley Cup playoffs. At a total length of 150:27 ...
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Has the Stanley Cup playoffs games ever been held on neutral ice?

The NHL resumed the 2019-20 season post COVID shutdowns in Edmonton and Toronto as hosts to the western and eastern conferences respectively. With the Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs both ...
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How many times a team has won a playoffs series without scoring a power play goal?

The Montreal Canadiens beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3 - 1 in their best of 5 series of qualifying round of the 2019-20 Stanley Cup playoffs. The heavy underdogs pulled of the upset without scoring a ...
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How many times has a team trailing by at least 3 goals won a Stanley Cup playoffs game?

The Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4 - 3 on the third game of their best of 5 Stanley Cup qualifier of the 2019-20 season. The Blue Jackets did so after trailing 3 - 0 in the ...
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According to what, MLB teams advance from regular to playoff

There are 15 teams in each league in MLB regular season games, and 7 teams in each league in post season games. According to what, MLB teams advance from regular to playoff? The number of wins? what ...
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What are the fewest passing yards by quarterbacks in an NFL playoffs win?

At the end of the Tennessee Titans victory against the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round of the 2019-2020 playoffs, the commentators announced that Ryan Tannehil became the first Quarterback to ...
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Has there been a best-of-seven series where all games were won by the away team?

On October 30, 2019, the seventh and final game of the 2019 World Series will be played. It's currently 3-3 and the interesting thing is that so far, the away team has always won; the Nationals won ...
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MLB- biggest comeback to make playoffs

In theme with the Mets attempting to make the NL Wild Card spot during the 2019 MLB season, despite grossly underperforming before the All Star break, what has been the biggest turnaround for a team ...
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NFL Overtime Rules - why are they like this?

Why do the NFL's overtime rules allow for a team to potentially lose without their offense ever taking the field? What caused the league to decide on this format for OT and why did they decide to have ...
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How many times NHL all top seeds have been eliminated in the first round?

In the 2018-19 season's playoffs, all top seed teams were eliminated in the very first round. The Atlantic division winners, Tampa Bay Lightnings who tied the most number of wins in a season were ...
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How many times has an NHL player scored in every game of a playoff series?

With the Islanders' Jordan Eberle having accomplished this against the Penguins during the 1st round of the 2018-2019 NHL playoffs, how many players have ever gotten a goal (not just a point) in every ...
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What was the worst result for a president's trophy winner in the playoffs?

The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in a sweep in the 1st round of the 2018-2019 NHL playoffs. Outside of this occurrence, what was the worst result for a President's Trophy ...
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Why do NHL referees relax their penalty calls in the playoffs?

It seems that in NHL playoffs, referees tend to be a lot less likely to call a penalty. What is the reason and is this an official rule in the referee handbook or is it more of an unspoken rule?
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Can a team sign an NFL player during the playoffs?

I was watching the Seahawks playoff game on 5 January 2019 and the kicker got injured. For instance, if the Seahawks won that game, could they sign a new player to replace the injured kicker or is the ...
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Most number of game 7s played in a single playoffs

In 2003, the NBA playoffs format was changed to have every single round played to a best-of-7 series, a format that is still used in today's NBA. From the 2003 Playoffs up to 2018, which season had ...
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What is the record for most consecutive shots made to start NBA finals?

Shaun Livingston of the Golden State Warriors started the 2017 - 2018 NBA finals with 11 straight field goals. His first miss came in the first half of the third game of the finals against the ...
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Best scoring performances in an NBA finals loss

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers scored 51 points in a losing effort against the Golden State Warriors in game 1 of 2017 - 2018 NBA finals. That made James the 6th player ever to score 50+ ...
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How many players in the 2018 Stanley Cup finals have won a finals game before?

The Washington Capitals and the Las Vegas Golden Knights have made it to 2017-18 Stanley Cup finals. Neither team has won a Stanley cup final game before. Of all the NHL players in the 2018 Finals ...
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Most consecutive NBA finals appearances by a player

The Cleveland Cavaliers have reached the 2017 - 2018 NBA finals. This is LeBron James' 8th consecutive trip to the finals, from 2011 to 2014 with the Miami Heats, and 2015 to 2018 with the Cleveland ...
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How many times both conference finals series made it to game 7 in NBA history?

In the 2017 - 2018 playoffs, both the Eastern and the Western Conference finals have made it to game 7. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics are playing in the eastern conference, meanwhile the ...
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NBA 7 game playoff series where every game was won by the home team?

I'm looking for a list of all 7 game playoff series in the NBA history where the home team won every game. So far I know: 2017-2018 First Round: Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks (4-3) 2016-2017 ...
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Why do NBA stars keep playing in playoff blowouts?

The 2017 - 2018 NBA conference finals have had several blowouts where by the start of the 4th quarter one team is clearly going to win, yet stars are playing many of these garbage minutes. For example,...
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North American expansion team reaching Championship final in inaugural year

The Las Vegas Golden Knights have reached the Stanley Cup finals in the 2017 - 2018 season after beating Winnipeg Jets in the western conference finals. This has been a big surprise as the Knights ...
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Fastest power play goal in the history of the NHL

Alexander Ovechkin, captain of the Washington Capitals scored 2 seconds in the power play, late in the first period of game 1 of Eastern Conference finals of the 2017-2018 Stanley Cup playoffs. What ...
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How many times the top 2 teams in the NHL have met in the playoffs?

The Winnipeg Jets and the Nashville Predators have faced against each other in the second round of 2017-2018 season of NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. Nashville finished the season with 117 points and won ...
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Winning a playoff game without ever leading in regulation in the NBA

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors in overtime of opening game of the second round series of 2017-2018 season playoffs. The Cavs won the game despite never leading in regulation time, ...
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Team scoring more total points but lost the series

During the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs, the Indiana Pacers scored 704 total points while their opponents, the Cleveland Cavaliers, scored 664 total points. However, the Cleveland Cavaliers ...
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Worst shot differentials for a winning NHL team in the playoffs

The Winnipeg Jets were outshot 48 to 19 against the Nashville Predators in the series opener of the second round of the 2017-2018 NHL Stanly Cup playoffs. Despite the -29 shot differential, the jets ...
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Most distinct goal scorers in a team to start the NHL playoffs

The Las Vegas Golden Knights Swept the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the 2017-2018 Stanley Cup playoffs. In those 4 games, the Golden Knights scored 7 goals, by 7 different players. This ...
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Longest time between goals in NHL playoffs

Eric Staal of the Minnesota Wild scored a goal against the Winnipeg Jets on April 15th of the 2017/18 NHL season. The last playoffs goal he had scored came 9 years before that for the Carolina ...
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NFL conference top seed hosting divisional round playoff game as an underdog

The Philadelphia Eagles hosted and beat the Atalanta Falcons on NFC's Divisional playoffs round of the 2017-18 NFL season. The eagles became the first top seed team since the 70's to host a playoff ...
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World cup winners qualified through play-offs

Has it ever happened that a team got to the world cup through the playoff and then won the cup? Or any team who did the playoff is historically doomed? I couldn't find any statistics, maybe you know ...
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Does the 2-2-1-1-1 format get used in 7-game series anymore?

I can't remember the last time I saw a playoff series in the NBA, NHL or MLB use the 2-2-1-1-1 format (as opposed to the 2-3-2). I understand the motivation. Usually the travel distances are so great,...
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Has any two teams in the World Series ever get there without losing a game during the postseason?

Related: Has there been a time the 2 NBA or NHL teams in the playoffs final series got there without losing any games? MLB Postseason Format Timeline: Before 1969, the team with the best record from ...
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Has there been a time the 2 NBA or NHL teams in the playoffs final series got there without losing any games?

The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers started the 2016-2017 postseason by winning their first 10 playoff games. Given their dominance, I'm wondering if there has ever been an NBA or NHL ...
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NBA game 4 home winners after trailing 0-3

How many home teams have won game 4 after being down 0-3? A friend is saying it never happens. I disagree, it must happen sometimes.
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Rate of NHL playoffs going to the overtime

It feels like over the last few years and specially this season (16-17) more games are going to overtime. So I'm wondering what has been the trend of Stanley Cup playoffs games that go to overtime in ...
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How many NBA teams have won a playoff game starting 2 or more rookies?

After the Bucks win on Saturday, starting Thon Maker and Malcolm Brogdon, I am wondering if another team in NBA history has ever won a playoff game starting 2+ rookie players.
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Has any player on the Edmonton Oilers roster (16-17 season) played a postseason game as an Oiler before this season?

The Edmonton Oilers advanced the NHL playoffs this season (2016-17) for the first time since the 05-06 season when they reached the Stanley Cup Final. So given the 11 year hiatus, I'm wondering if ...
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Why did the NHL move to the current playoff format?

16 teams make it to the playoffs each season, 8 from each conference. Until a few years ago, within a conference the number 1 seed would face the number 8, number 2 would face number 7, 6 vs 3, and 4 ...