2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs Games Preview – April 27, 2023

2023

By NHL Public Relations

April 27, 2023

* Teams that hold a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven series hold a series record of 299-31 (.906), including a 3-1 mark in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs (0-1 in 2022 R1).

* When a best-of-seven series is tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 holds an all-time series record of 224-61 (.786), including a 5-3 mark in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs (4-2 in R1).

* The Rangers and Devils can become the fifth best-of-seven series in NHL history to feature the road team winning each of the first five games (excluding 2020 playoffs). The Blues and Jets (2019 R1), Flames and Sharks (2004 CF), Devils and Flyers (1995 CF) as well as the Canadiens and Red Wings (1951 SF) all accomplished the feat.

* The 2023 First Round can become the fifth in NHL history to feature seven or more series require at least six games. The only ones to do so to date: 2022 First Round (7), 2010 Conference Quarterfinals (7), 1992 Division Semifinals (8) and 1991 Division Semifinals (8).

Tampa Bay  
Game 5 record in best-of-seven: 18-13 (.581) overall, 6-8 (.429) on the road  
Trailing 3-1 in best-of-seven: 1-3 (.250) overall, 1-3 (.250) when starting on road  
Trailing 3-2 in best-of-seven: 4-5 (.444) overall, 2-4 (.333) when starting on road

Toronto
Game 5 record in best-of-seven: 34-33 (.507) overall, 20-7 (.741) at home
Leading 3-1 in best-of-seven: 11-2 (.846) overall, 7-1 (1.875) when starting at home
Leading 3-2 in best-of-seven: 19-8 (.704) overall, 11-3 (.786) when starting at home   

Pre-game
* Andrei Vasilevskiy boasts a 4-1 record in potential series-elimination games since 2020, along with a 1.52 goals-against average, .946 save percentage and one shutout.

* The Lightning have overcome a 3-1 series deficit only once in their franchise history (2011 QCF vs PIT). All four previous instances also came when they started the series on the road. Among those four series they have twice in their franchise history won a Game 5 on the road to force a Game 6 back home (2022 SCF vs COL and 2011 QCF vs PIT).

* Mitchell Marner has recorded 2-8—10 through his first four games this postseason. The only players in Maple Leafs franchise history with ten or more points through their first five contests in a single playoff is Darryl Sittler (4-9—13 in 1977) and Gordie Drillon (7-4—11 in 1939).

NY Rangers
Game 5 record in best-of-seven: 28-40 (.412) overall, 17-29 (.370) on the road
Tied 2-2 in best-of-seven: 15-17 (.469) overall, 6-10 (.375) when starting on the road
Leading 3-2 in best-of-seven: 16-2 (.889) overall, 7-2 (.778) when starting on the road
Trailing 3-2 in best-of-seven: 7-20 (.259) overall, 3-12 (.200) when starting on the road

New Jersey
Game 5 record in best-of-seven: 24-17 (.585) overall, 12-8 (.600) at home
Tied 2-2 in best-of-seven: 11-9 (.550) overall, 5-3 (.625) when starting at home
Leading 3-2 in best-of-seven: 12-5 (.706) overall, 6-2 (.750) when starting at home
Trailing 3-2 in best-of-seven: 3-6 (.333) overall, 1-3 (.250) when starting at home

Pre-game
* When a best-of-seven series is tied 2-2, the Rangers have an all-time Game 5 record of 12-20. Among those 12 victories, they have ended up winning the series 11 times (92%) in their franchise history.

Chris Kreider (5) can become the fourth player in Rangers history to score six goals in a single series. The only New York players to do so are Adam Graves (6 in 1996 CQF), Mike Gartner (6 in 1992 DSF) and Bruce MacGregor (6 in 1974 QF).

* When a best-of-seven series is tied 2-2, the Devils have an all-time Game 5 record of 14-6. Among those 14 victories, they have ended up winning the series nine times in their franchise history.

Akira Schmid can become the first goaltender in Devils/Rockies/Scouts history to win each of his first three career playoff appearances.

*Akira Schmid can become the sixth goaltender in the past 10 years to begin their playoff career with three or more straight wins. The others: Ilya Sorokin (4 GP w/ NYI), Carter Hart (3 GP w/ PHI), Matt Murray (3 GP w/ PIT), Scott Darling (3 GP w/ CHI) and Frederik Andersen (3 GP w/ ANA).

Vegas
Game 5 record in best-of-seven: 4-6 (.400) overall, 2-5 (.286) at home
Leading 3-1 in best-of-seven: 4-1 (.800) overall, 3-0 (1.000) when starting at home
Leading 3-2 in best-of-seven: 4-1 (.800) overall, 3-0 (1.000) when starting at home

Winnipeg
Game 5 record in best-of-seven: 2-2 (.500) overall, 1-0 (1.000) on the road
Trailing 3-1 in best-of-seven: 0-1 (.000) overall, this is the first time when starting on the road
Trailing 3-2 in best-of-seven: 0-1 (.000) overall, this is the first time when starting on the road

Pre-game
*Chandler Stephenson (2-4—6) has recorded multi-points in each of his last three games and can join Max Pacioretty (4 GP in 2019) as the only player in Golden Knights franchise history to have a streak of four or more contests.

*Neil Pionk has recorded seven assists against the Golden Knights in the opening round. The only player in Jets/Thrashers franchise history with more helpers in a single series is Blake Wheeler (9 in 2018 R2).

*This marks the second time the Jets/Thrashers franchise has been down 3-1 in a single series. The last such time was also against the Golden Knights during the 2018 Conference Finals. The Jets are looking to become the 18th different franchise to overcome a 3-1 series deficit. The only other franchises to do so that debuted in the 1990’s or later are the Wild (2x), Sharks and Lightning.

Source: NHL Stats Resources – April 27, 2023

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