The Red Wings aren’t accustomed to being down 2 to 1 in a best of seven series. Over their current 21-year stretch of playoff runs, the Detroit Red Wings have been a part of 47 different best of seven series, and only have trailed 2 games to 1 in 10 of them.
After spending some time and doing a little research back 21 years, I’ve been able to grab some pretty interesting numbers that shouldn’t go overlooked.
Detroit has played in a staggering 138 games at home over the past 20 years, which is just amazing in and of itself. However, their home record is really where to look if you want to determine how successful they are in the playoffs.
The Red Wings, in that 138 game span, have amassed a 91-47 record at the Joe Louis Arena in that span, yet have been even better after lockout going 33-14. That’s right, they’ve only lost 14 games in The Joe since the lockout, which includes Sunday afternoon’s loss to the Predators.
Whenever Detroit reaches 8 wins at home in that span? They’ve won the Stanley Cup.
As I mentioned at the beginning, the Red Wings have only trailed by 2 games to 1 ten times in the 47 series they’ve played in the past 21 years. How have they finished? They’ve come back to win SIX of them. Only THREE times out of those ten have the Red Wings lost the first and third games while winning the second. They’ve come back to win TWO out of those three series. Here’s the break down:
*2009-2010 vs Phoenix: Down 2 games to 1, won the series 4 games to 3
2008-2009 vs Anaheim: Down 2 games to 1, won the series 4 games to 3
*2006-2007 vs San Jose: Down 2 games to 1, won the series 4 games to 2
2005-2006 vs Edmonton: Down 2 games to 1, lost the series 4 games to 2
*2003-2004 vs Calgary: Down 2 games to 1, lost the series 4 games to 2
2001-2002 vs Vancouver: Down 2 games to 1, won the series 4 games to 2
1999-2000 vs Colorado: Down 2 games to 1, lost the series 4 games to 1
1997-1998 vs Phoenix: Down 2 games to 1, won the series 4 games to 2
1995-1996 vs Colorado: Down 2 games to 1, lost the series 4 games to 2
1991-1992 vs Minnesota: Down 2 games to 1, won the series 4 games to 2
* = Lost games 1 and 3
Colorado is currently the only team in the past 21 years to beat the Detroit Red Wings in 5 games after owning a 2-1 series lead on them. 1 team in 47 series has done it. The Avalanche are also the only team to take more than one best of seven series against Detroit over the past 21 years when up 2 games to 1.
Could Nashville be the second team to do it in 5? Or maybe, the fifth team to beat Detroit when up 2-1? The Predators have a chance to go up 3 games to 1 tomorrow night in Detroit with a chance to clinch on Friday, however they have a very tall task in front of them. The Red Wings are very comfortable in this position, and to think otherwise would be very foolish. Detroit doesn’t have nearly 100 wins at home for no reason.