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The list of comebacks from 0-3 down in NHL playoffs (entirely, not just the Stanley Cup finals) is very short: 1942 Stanley Cup Finals (Leafs over Red Wings) 1975 quarterfinals (Islanders over Penguins) 2010 conference semifinals (Flyers over Bruins) 2014 first round (Kings over Sharks)


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For the 2020-21 season the NBA introduced a play-in tournament (somewhat similar to those we saw in 2019-20 post Covid shutdowns). As part of these play-in games, the 7th and 8th seeds of each conference at the end of regular season played each other, where the winner would be ranked the 7th seed for the playoffs. The 9th and 10th ranked teams, would also ...


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The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team in the NHL history to make a comeback after being down 3-0 in the Stanley Cup Finals series. All other reverse sweeps were made in the first 3 rounds.


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Sort of. No complete series in the modern game was played entirely at a neutral site, but some series had one or two games played at neutral sites. The 1925 Stanley Cup Finals, for example, was between the Victoria Cougars and the Montreal Canadiens. Back then, all of the games were held in one side of the country; alternating between West and East. That ...


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Scraping off Hockey Reference, I found 61 instances where a team didn't score a Power Play Goal (PPG) since 1934. Hockey Reference only shows PPGs starting 1934, hence why the data starts from then. Also, I've only looked at series, where the winning team won 3 or more games to satisfy the best-of-5 or higher criteria of the question. As of the end of the ...


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As far as I can tell, not really. They are making some attempt to replicate bits of the home court experience as far as audio/visual cues go; see this article for example: The "home" team also gets its own signage, pregame hype videos, warm-up music and in-game sound effects, to simulate the feel of its own arena. The public address announcer even ...


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The NHL has been hosting best of 7 playoff rounds since the 1986-87 season. Looking at Hockey Reference there has been no Stanley Cup champion winning all rounds with the same score. The NBA has been hosting best of 7 playoff rounds 2002-03 season where the San Antonio Spurs on that year became the first and only NBA team to to this date winning all series ...


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Absolutely. One example is the 2002-03 San Antonio Spurs, who won all four series they played 4 games to 2.


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The 2020-2021 season's playoffs format is gonna be unique given the circumstances. The top 4 team in each division make it to the playoffs, where they play against each other based on rankings. That is 1st team against the 4th, 2nd vs the 3rd. There are no wild card teams this year. The divisional rounds are played till there are 4 teams left, the 4 division ...


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Under the 2019 schedule, where the playoff structure was: 4 division winners + 2 wildcards from 4 4-team divisions per conference And each team played a schedule as follows: 6 games against their division (2 versus each team) 4 games against another division in their conference (1 each) 2 games against two other teams in the other two divisions, based on ...


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For the moment I'm going to correct a few of your assumptions, and then put some numbers to the page. The odds of (a team with a record under .500 making the playoffs) | (sixteen teams out of thirty make the playoffs) is not 2/30, or 1/30. 2/30 is the proportion of (teams with losing records who made the playoffs) out of (all teams), but it's not at all an ...


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In 1986 the league was not yet using tenths of a second, but I believe Ralph Sampson's shot at the end of regulation certainly fits the spirit of the question. Inbounded with one second showing, Sampson makes a behind the head tip from twelve feet out to win the Western Conference Championship series. The pertinent part of the video linked below begins at ...


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Here are some of the records that were broken, will update the answer if I find out more: Most saves in a playoff game 1 : 85 by Joonas Korpisalo of CBJ (since shots started being tracked in 55-56 season) Note: Some resources award the most saves in a playoff game to Normie Smith, with 90 or 92 saves, who played in net for the Detroit Red Wings in the ...


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Looking through old box scores, it happens fairly frequently - more than would be appropriate to list here. In 1982, for example, it happened twice in one series - LA Kings vs Edmonton Oilers, the Kings came back twice from down three, including this game where they were down an incredible 5 goals (down 5-0 after 1, won 6-5 in OT). You can view my code to ...


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If a playoff team claims a player on waivers, he cannot join the team until after the Super Bowl. However, if the player goes through waivers unclaimed, he becomes a free agent and can be signed by any playoff team immediately. Source: NBC Sports


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