Inaugural 'Freeway Face-Off' Series Peaks with Game 7 Friday
The Ducks-Kings showdown will be the third Second Round series decided in a Game 7, joining both Eastern Conference matchups (New York Rangers defeated Pittsburgh, Montreal defeated Boston). Since 1988, there only have been two other years when three or more second-round series required a Game 7: 2001 and 2009. Friday's contest also will mark the sixth Game 7 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, one short of the single-year playoff record of seven (1994, 2011).
The Ducks, 2-3 all-time in Game 7s, will be the home team in such a contest for the second consecutive season and for the third time in franchise history. They dropped a 3-2 decision to the Detroit Red Wings in the 2013 Western Conference Quarterfinals.
The Kings, 5-4 all-time in Game 7s, will skate into Honda Center with a 5-0 record in elimination games in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In addition to winning Game 6 of this series Wednesday night, they posted a 5-1 road victory against San Jose in Game 7 of their First Round series to become the fourth team in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to overcome a 0-3 series deficit.
Ducks forward Teemu Selanne has appeared in a team-leading five Game 7s, while defenseman Robyn Regehr tops the Kings with six appearances.
Kings forwards Marian Gaborik, Mike Richards and Justin Williams all boast perfect 5-0 marks in Game 7s, with Williams posting 10 points (5-5--10) in his contests.
Other Game 7 Notes
* Home teams are 91-63 (.591) all-time in Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
* The team that scores first is 114-40 (.740).
* Thirty-eight Game 7s have required overtime (38-of-154, 24.7%). Home and road teams both are 19-19 in those contests.
CAREER GAME 7 PLAYER, GOALTENDER AND COACHING STATISTICS
Anaheim Ducks (2-3)
5/12/13, Western Conference QF vs. Detroit (DET 3 at ANA 2)
5/14/09, Western Conference SF vs. Detroit (ANA 3 at DET 4)
5/3/06, Western Conference QF vs. Calgary (ANA 3 at CGY 0)
6/9/03, Stanley Cup Final vs. New Jersey (ANA 0 at N.J. 3)
4/29/97, Western Conference QF vs. Phoenix (PHX 0 at ANA 3)
Los Angeles Kings (5-4)
4/30/14, Western Conference First Round vs. San Jose (L.A. 5 at S.J. 1)
5/28/13, Western Conference SF vs. San Jose (S.J. 1 at L.A. 2)
4/29/02, Western Conference QF vs. Colorado (L.A. 0 at COL 4)
5/9/01, Western Conference SF vs. Colorado (L.A. 1 at COL 5)
5/29/93, Western Conference Final vs. Toronto (L.A. 5 at TOR 4)
4/15/89, Smythe Division SF vs. Edmonton (EDM 3 at L.A. 6)
4/25/76, Quarterfinals vs. Boston (L.A. 0 at BOS 3)
4/13/69, Quarterfinals vs. Oakland (L.A. 5 at OAK 3)
4/18/68, Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota (MIN 9 at L.A. 4)