The Los Angeles Kings are venturing to become the first team to successfully defend its Stanley Cup title since the Detroit Red Wings won back-to-back Cups in 1997 and 1998. It is an endeavor that has grown increasingly complicated in the Salary Cap era, where only one team has advanced beyond the second round.
-Since Detroit’s back-to-back championships, the most common seed to begin the defense of a Stanley Cup is a two-seed. Five teams have opened the playoffs as two-seeds.
-The Kings are the first team to open the defense of their Cup as a five-seed in this time frame.
-Since the implementation of the salary cap, one team has lost in Game 7 of a Stanley Cup Final (2009-Detroit), one team lost in Round 2 (2010-Pittsburgh), three teams have lost in Round 1 (2008-Anaheim, 2011-Chicago, 2012-Boston), and one team did not qualify for the playoffs (2007-Carolina)
-The two Stanley Cup winners prior to Los Angeles lost in overtime of Game 7 in the first round.