In NHL history 324 series have been 3-games-2 and the team ahead wins nearly 80% of them (257-67).
184 of the the 324 have ended in six games.Of the ones going 7, the team leading 3-2 has gone 73-67.
The numbers are even more dramatic when you look at how Ottawa has gotten to this point in their series with the Rangers (winning games 2, 4, and 5 after losing games 1,3)
That has happened 32 times before, and the team leading has gone on to win the series 26 times (26-6).
16 of the 32 have ended in six games.Of the ones going 7, the team leading 3-2 has 10-6 in game 7.
Since the NHL went to a best of 7 first round, teams such as Ottawa (LWLWW) have won 12 of 14 series.
The Rangers haven't played game 7 at the Garden since June 14, 1994 (and we all know how that turned out). If they can get there, they'll look to avoid joining (ironically) the Canucks as the first pair of #1 seeds to be eliminated in the first round.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick