I'm saying all this because, I believe the west is all but guaranteed a victory in the Stanley Cup Final this season, as the only seeds left are ranked #1 and #2. You could almost call the Western Conference Finals the Stanley Cup Final. [Western Domination]
I wrote this one month ago...
June 6, 2007
There have been 21 come backs from 2-0 deficits on the road in NHL history (211 opportunities), Ottawa may take comfort in the fact that they lost both games by one goal, but in both games they were completely out played. Since the second minute of the first game Ottawa has scored 1 goal on Giguere. Also interesting is the fact that 5 out of the amazing 16 shots in game two occurred on a minute long (bit more) 5 on 3, leaving 11 shots in 59 minutes.
Series: ANA - OTT
Hits: 66 - 49
Blocked: 26 - 42
Missed: 33 - 22
Shots: 63 - 36
Directed@Goal: 138 - 84
Ottawa has to be very different to win this series.
Each of the two Stanley cup teams played 10 games against the opposite conference, and here are the ten games. (Format: Record [Goal differential]: W-L OTW-OTL). I'm a firm believer in the concept that the west is significantly better than the east and the tables below bear witness. That is to say that the best western team does well against the east, but the best eastern team struggled against the west (-8 Goal differential in 10 games).