Here’s an interesting fact that I’m pretty sure is correct:
All 3 BoC teams currently have 11 playoff-series victories each.
Well, what do you know? It's a dead heat! Here's the listing of successful playoff series each BoC team has emerged victorious in over each franchise's lifespan:
|Anaheim Ducks||Los Angeles Kings||San Jose Sharks|
|1||1997||Phoenix Coyotes||4-3||1969||Oakland Seals||4-3||1994||Detroit Red Wings||4-3|
|2||2003||Detroit Red Wings||4-0||1976||Calgary Flames||2-0||1995||Calgary Flames||4-3|
|3||2003||Dallas Stars||4-2||1977||Calgary Flames||2-1||2000||St. Louis Blues||4-3|
|4||2003||Minnesota Wild||4-0||1982||Edmonton Oilers||3-2||2002||Phoenix Coyotes||4-1|
|5||2006||Calgary Flames||4-3||1989||Edmonton Oilers||4-3||2004||St. Louis Blues||4-1|
|6||2006||Colorado Avalanche||4-0||1990||Calgary Flames||4-2||2004||Colorado Avalanche||4-2|
|7||2007||Minnesota Wild||4-1||1991||Vancouver Canucks||4-2||2006||Nashville Predators||4-1|
|8||2007||Vancouver Canucks||4-1||1993||Calgary Flames||4-2||2007||Nashville Predators||4-1|
|9||2007||Detroit Red Wings||4-2||1993||Vancouver Canucks||4-2||2008||Calgary Flames||4-3|
|10||2007||Ottawa Senators||4-1||1993||Toronto Maple Leafs||4-3||2010||Colorado Avalanche
|11||2009||San Jose Sharks||4-2||2001||Detroit Red Wings||4-2||2010||Detroit Red Wings||4-1|
The table represents 33 seasons ended by a BoC team. Calgary has been eliminated by a BoC
opponent 7 times, Detroit 5 times, and both Vancouver and Colorado make the list 3 times apiece.
Now several of you Ducks and Sharks fans will be quick to note that the Kings had a 10 series-victory lead before either other franchise entered the picture, and for sure, there is that "Two Tortoises and the Hare" aspect to this storyline. But we mustn't raise too big a stink about that catch-up, even if it does make for an easy punchline -- it's largely because of L.A.'s popularity-driving success (particularly in the early 1990s) that either other franchise ever made it on the hockey map.
And besides, who gives a damn really how we got to this point? We're a forward-thinking blog. For whatever reasons, we're all tied up in this arbitrary measure of franchise success now, and that's exciting.
Now certainly, there is still a full summer and season ahead of us before we start ramping up for somebody's series victory #12. It seems somewhat assured that one BoC team will get there, though; a BoC team has advanced past round one every season since 2000.
So join me in predicting: which BoC team(s) will win the Race to Twelve? And I guess if we're talking about the possibility of bringing the 2011 Stanley Cup back to Californian soil, then maybe we should be talking about the Race to Fifteen.
It's on, bitches.