By NHL Public Relations
April 27, 2023
Toronto and Vegas can become the first teams to punch its ticket to the Second Round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Thursday, while New Jersey and New York head back across the Hudson River to battle it out for a 3-2 series lead.
Teams that hold a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven round own an all-time series record of 299-31 (.906), including a 3-1 mark in 2022 (0-1 in 2022 R1).
* The Maple Leafs can become the first team to snap a streak of eight-plus consecutive series losses since the Islanders did so against the Panthers in Game 6 of the 2016 First Round, when current Toronto captain John Tavares tallied the double-overtime clincher.
The Maple Leafs, whose last series-clinching win was versus the Senators in Game 7 of the 2004 Conference Quarterfinals, can also end their 0-10 skid in potential closeout games since then – that marks the second longest such drought in NHL history behind the Coyotes/Jets franchise from 1987 to 2012 (0-13).
* The Golden Knights own an all-time record of 7-8 in potential series-clinching games and can become the fifth franchise in the NHL’s expansion era (since 1967-68) to earn at least one series win in four of their first five postseason appearances – they would join the Ducks, Islanders, Sabres and Blues. Shea Theodore (3-7—10 in 15 GP) and William Karlsson (2-8—10 in 15 GP) lead Vegas with 10 points apiece through its 15 all-time potential closeout games.
* The Rangers and Devils will contest a pivotal Game 5 at Prudential Center, where Igor Shesterkin backstopped New York to a 2-0 series lead before Akira Schmid helped New Jersey pull even with consecutive victories at Madison Square Garden.
When a best-of-seven round 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 2022 (4-2 in R1).
Source: NHL Morning Skate: Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition – April 27, 2023