The Colorado Avalanche have their sights set on Stanley Cup Playoff history.
After a dominant Game 2 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Avs own a 14-2 record so far in the 2022 postseason. With the series moving to Florida, the Avalanche are two wins away from achieving what only one team in Stanley Cup Playoff history has achieved.
2012 was the last time a team flirted with this long-standing NHL record. The Los Angeles Kings lost just two games and won two five-game-win series en route to the Stanley Cup Finals.
It took the Kings six games to win the trophy, giving them a 16-4 aggregate playoff record. As impressive as that mark is, it didn’t quite match the performance of the 1988 Edmonton Oilers.
The Avalanche have their sights set on playoff history.
This Wayne Gretzky-led Oilers club set the NHL record for the fewest losses in a single postseason en route to a championship (excluding titles that came before the current format, which requires 16 wins).
Edmonton lost just two games that playoff season, beating the Boston Bruins in the Finals to put the finishing touches to a 16-2 run.
Now the Avalanche are a few wins away from matching this ’88 Oilers club’s record. Of course, beating the two-time champions will be far from easy for the Avs, but after two big wins in Games 1 and 2, anything seems possible for Colorado.
In the event that the Avalanche swept the Bolts, they would also become the first team in league history to win three best-of-seven series in the same postseason.
The 2012 Kings became the first team to lead all four series 3-0, but only one of those resulted in a win. The 1981 New York Islanders won three of their four series, but the first round was a best-of-five at the time.
Colorado has defeated both the Nashville Predators in the first round and the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference Finals.
It’s no secret that this Avalanche team is dominant, but when they can complete an unthinkable sweep of the Blitz, it becomes historic in more ways than one.