As I’ve mentioned before, every Friday for the rest of the offseason, I’ll be wrapping up the week with a Weird Stat Thread on a topical event happening. Two weeks ago, it was Eurovision, and last week, it was the Preakness. This week, it’s going to be the Stanley Cup (and next week will be the NBA Finals). With the Stanley Cup starting on Monday between the Nashville Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins, it seems fitting to do this thread before the NBA thread.
For those that didn’t stay up all night to watch the ending of Penguins/Senators, the Pens eventually prevailed in double overtime (only the fourth 2OT game in game 7 of a conference finals ever) to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the sixth time in franchise history. They’ll be taking on the Nashville Predators, who had never made it past the conference semifinals before this season. There’s a legitimate chance that every non-Penguins fan in the world is going to be on the bandwagon for the Predators.
With all of that said, how do the results of the Stanley Cup impact the upcoming NFL season?
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won the Stanley Cup four times (1991, 1992, 2009, 2016). All four times, the #2 seed in the NFC (Detroit, Dallas, Minnesota, Atlanta) not only was a team that played in an indoor (Silverdome, Texas Stadium, Metrodome, Georgia Dome), but ended up making it to the conference championship. Translation: Don’t expect a whole lot of postseason chaos if the Penguins win the Stanley Cup again.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won the Stanley Cup four times (1991, 1992, 2009, 2016). All four times, the NFL team based in Houston finished the season with a winning record. In 1991, the Oilers went 11-5, and in 1992, the Oilers went 10-6. In 2009 and 2016, the Texans went 9-7. Keep in mind that this is not exactly a common occurrence; between 1981-1998, the Oilers had a winning record seven times, and prior to 2009, the Texans had never had a winning record.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have played in the Stanley Cup three times in a series that went exactly 6 games (won 4-2 against the Minnesota North Stars in 1991, lost 4-2 against the Detroit Red Wings in 2008, won 4-2 against the San Jose Sharks in 2016). All three times, the following Super Bowl was played between a team that had won multiple titles, and a team that had never won the Super Bowl before; the team that won multiple titles won the Super Bowl all three times.
|Year||Winning Team||Number of Super Bowls Beforehand||Losing Team||Number of Super Bowls Beforehand|
|2016 (LI)||New England||4||Atlanta||0|
Additionally, all three times, the higher seed in both conference championships won to advance to the Super Bowl. In the 1991/92 playoffs, (1) Washington defeated (2) Detroit, and (1) Buffalo defeated (2) Denver. In the 2008/09 playoffs, (4) Arizona defeated (6) Philadelphia, and (2) Pittsburgh defeated (6) Baltimore. And, in the 2016/17 playoffs, (1) New England defeated (3) Pittsburgh, and (2) Atlanta defeated (4) Green Bay. So once it gets to the conference championship, you’ll know how to fill out your bracket if the Stanley Cup goes six games.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have played in the Stanley Cup three times in a series that went exactly 6 games (1991, 2008, 2016). All three times, the Oilers/Titans not only finished the season with a winning record, but had the best record in their division. In 1991, they went 11-5 as the Houston Oilers and won the AFC Central. In 2008, they went 13-3 as the Tennessee Titans and won the AFC South. And, in 2016, they went 9-7 and finished tied with the Texans for the best record in the AFC South. So if the Predators win this series in 6 games, then Nashville, it’s time to party.
The winning head coach of the Stanley Cup has had a first name beginning with the letter “M” four times (Mike Keenan with the New York Rangers in 1994, Marc Crawford with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996, Mike Babcock with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008, and Mike Sullivan with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016). All four times, the Pittsburgh Steelers won their division, winning the AFC Central in 1994 (12-4) and 1996 (10-6), and winning the AFC North in 2008 (12-4) and 2016 (11-5). Mike Sullivan is the current head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, so this stat really bodes well for the city of Pittsburgh if the Penguins win.
The winning head coach of the Stanley Cup has had a first name beginning with the letter “M” four times (1994, 1996, 2008, 2016). All four times, the Cincinnati Bengals finished third in their division; they went 3-13 in 1994 in the AFC Central (only ahead of the 2-14 Houston Oilers), 8-8 in 1996 in the AFC Central (ahead of the 8-8 Houston Oilers on tiebreakers and the 4-12 Baltimore Ravens), 4-11-1 in 2008 in the AFC North (ahead of the 4-12 Cleveland Browns), and 6-9-1 in 2016 in the AFC North (ahead of the 1-15 Cleveland Browns). Note to Cincinnati- do not root for the Penguins.
Prior to this year, the Ottawa Senators had lost in the playoffs to the Pittsburgh Penguins three times (2008 in the conference quarterfinals, 2010 in the conference quarterfinals, and 2013 in the conference semifinals). All three times, the Buffalo Bills finished last in the AFC East, and all three times, the Philadelphia Eagles made the postseason with exactly 6 losses (9-6-1 in 2008, 10-6 in 2010, and 10-6 in 2013). Obviously, the Senators lost in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Penguins, so Pittsburgh’s joy is also your joy, Philadelphia.
Prior to this year, the Ottawa Senators had lost in the playoffs to the Pittsburgh Penguins three times (2008, 2010, 2013). All three times, in the postseason, both #6 seeds won in the wild card round. In 2008, the Baltimore Ravens (6 seed) defeated the Miami Dolphins (3 seed), and the Philadelphia Eagles (6 seed) defeated the Minnesota Vikings (3 seed). In 2010, the New York Jets (6 seed) defeated the Indianapolis Colts (3 seed), and the Green Bay Packers (6 seed) defeated the Philadelphia Eagles (3 seed). And, in 2013, the New Orleans Saints (6 seed) defeated the Philadelphia Eagles (3 seed), and the San Diego Chargers (6 seed) defeated the Cincinnati Bengals (3 seed). Basically, if Pittsburgh wins the Stanley Cup in six games based off of everything I’ve said, I’ve laid out your entire playoff bracket for the upcoming NFL season.
Prior to this year, the Anaheim Ducks had made it to the conference finals four times (2003 when they beat the Minnesota Wild, 2006 when they lost to the Edmonton Oilers, 2007 when they beat the Detroit Red Wings, and 2015 when they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks). All four times, the New England Patriots won the AFC East (big shocker there) and made it to the AFC Championship (again, big shocker). But all four times, the Seattle Seahawks made the playoffs as well. This year, the Nashville Predators beat the Anaheim Ducks in the conference finals; the odds that this stat still holds up by the end of the season are extremely high.
Prior to this year, in the Super Bowl era, the New York Rangers lost in the playoffs to a Canadian team three times (1967 in the semifinals to the Montreal Canadiens, 1969 in the quarterfinals to the Montreal Canadiens, and 1979 in the Stanley Cup to the Montreal Canadiens). All three times, the Dallas Cowboys won their division, winning the Capitol Division in 1967 (9-5) and in 1969 (11-2-1), and winning the NFC East in 1979 (11-5). This year, the New York Rangers lost in the conference semifinals to the Ottawa Senators, so if you’re a Giants fan and a Rangers fan, this upcoming football season just got a bit more depressing.
Prior to this year, in the Super Bowl era, the New York Rangers lost in the playoffs to a Canadian team three times (1967, 1969, 1979). All three times, including playoffs, the Los Angeles Rams finished the season with 11 wins. In 1967, they went 11-1-2 and did not win a playoff game (lost to the Packers). In 1969, they went 11-3 and did not win a playoff game (lost to the Vikings). And, in 1979, they went 9-7 and won two playoff games (Dallas and Tampa Bay) before losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XIV. Odds that this stat holds up at the end of the season? Incredibly slim.
Prior to this year, the Nashville Predators had made it past the first round of the playoffs three times (2011 when they made the conference semifinals and lost to the Canucks, 2012 when they made the conference semifinals and lost to the Coyotes, and 2016 when they made the conference semifinals and lost to the Sharks). All three times, the New England Patriots won their division and made it to the conference championship, and the Cleveland Browns finished last in the AFC North. This year, the Predators made it to the Stanley Cup, so they made it past the first round. Note that using this stat is the equivalent of using the free space in BINGO.
Prior to this year, the Nashville Predators had made it past the first round of the playoffs three times (2011, 2012, 2016). All three times, the Houston Texans won the AFC South (this has only happened four times in NFL history), the Atlanta Falcons made the playoffs, and the team that most recently won the Super Bowl ended up winning the Super Bowl.
|Year||Winner||Most Recent Win Before||Loser||Most Recent Win|
|2011 (XLVI)||NY Giants||XLII||New England||XXXIX|
|2012 (XLVII)||Baltimore||XXXV||San Francisco||XXIX|
|2016 (LI)||New England||XLIX||Atlanta||N/A|
The Predators advanced past the first round this year. Set your NFL playoff brackets up now.
Prior to this year, the Calgary Flames had been swept in the playoffs three times (1982 when they were swept 3-0 by the Vancouver Canucks in the division semifinals, 1988 when they were swept 4-0 by the Edmonton Oilers in the division final, and 1996 when they were swept 4-0 by the Chicago Blackhawks in the conference quarterfinals). All three times, the AFC representative in the Super Bowl lost to the NFC, and was a team that had lost one Super Bowl beforehand. In 1982, Miami (who had lost Super Bowl VI) lost in the Super Bowl to Washington. In 1988, Cincinnati (who had lost Super Bowl XVI) lost in the Super Bowl to San Francisco. And, in 1996, New England (who had lost Super Bowl XX) lost in the Super Bowl to Green Bay. This year, the Calgary Flames were swept in the first round by the Anaheim Ducks.
And lastly, prior to this year, the Calgary Flames had been swept in the playoffs three times (1982, 1988, 1996). All three times, the Philadelphia Eagles lost exactly 6 games in the regular season. In 1982 (strike-shortened season), they went 3-6. In 1988, they won the NFC East with a 10-6 record. And, in 1996, they made the playoffs as a wild card with a 10-6 record. Calgary getting swept by Anaheim really helps out the Eagles this season.
|Lost Leagues (Sundays)||Record Watch- Offense (Mondays)||Draft Scratchers (Tuesdays)||Record Watch- Defense (Wednesdays)||One Hit Wonders (Thursdays)||Weird Stat Threads (Fridays)|
|Part I: United Football League||Part I: Passing Yards||Part I: Roger Vick (NY Jets, 1987)||Part II: Sacks||Part I: Derek Loville (San Francisco, 1995)||Part I: NFL vs. Eurovision|
|Part II: Spring Football League||Part III: Receptions||Part II: Tyson Alualu (Jacksonville, 2010)||N/A||Part II: Patrick Jeffers (Carolina, 1999)||Part II: NFL vs. Preakness|
|Part III: Fall Experimental Football League||N/A||Part III: Rick Mirer Trade (Chicago, 1997)||Part IV: Interceptions||Part III: Mike Furrey (Detroit, 2006)||Part III: NFL vs. Stanley Cup|
|Part IV: Stars Football League|
Submitted May 26, 2017 at 11:22AM by JaguarGator9
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