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How likely is an NHL team to come back from a 2-0 deficit in the Stanley Cup Finals?

 

That’s the daunting task now facing the Philadelphia Flyers, who have dropped a pair of one-goal games to their opponents from Chicago.  The Flyers are used to long odds, of course; they were down 3-0 to the Bruins not that long ago and things turned out just fine, but once again history is not on their side.

 

Since the NHL moved to four rounds of playoff hockey, one team has been down two games to none on 20 different occasions.  Here are the results for that team:

 

  • Loss in Four Games: 9/20 (45.0%)
  • Loss in Five Games: 4/20 (20.0%)
  • Loss in Six Games: 3/20 (15.0%)
  • Loss in Seven Games: 3/20 (15.0%)
  • Win in Seven Games: 1/20 (5.0%)

 

It isn’t a list that bodes well for the Flyers, who were regarded as heavy underdogs entering the series and whose chances of winning are even worse now, but one thing is in their favour: the only team on that list to win was Pittsburgh – and they did it last season.