By the Numbers: 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs & Stanley Cup Qualifiers

By NHL Public Relations

The Lightning defeated the Stars in Game 6 of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final to end an unprecedented postseason that started with players arriving in hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton on July 26 and ended with Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos hoisting the Stanley Cup surrounded by teammates on Sept. 28 – nearly one year after the 2019-20 season began on Oct. 2, 2019.

A closer look at the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Qualifiers:


33,394 — Total number of COVID-19 tests administered to 52-member Club traveling staff, including Players, during Phase 4 (July 26–September 28) of the NHL’s Return to Play plan, with zero positive results.

20,000 — Iced Capps handed out by Tim Hortons inside the secure zones in Toronto and Edmonton along with 50,000+ cups of coffee and over 40,000 baked goods.
 

1,452 – Total number of League and Club personnel who stayed in the “bubble” secure zones.

1,042 – Total hours of Stanley Cup Playoffs broadcast coverage by NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

800+ – Number of Zoom media availabilities conducted since players arrived in the secure zone including pre-game, post-game, off-day and NHL Awards winners.

558 – Number of players across the 24 teams who played in at least one game of the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers and 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including 121 who made their postseason debut. Two of those to debut did so in the Stanley Cup Final: Dallas’ Nick Caamano (Game 3) and Tampa Bay’s Alexander Volkov (Game 6).


413:42 – Total time (in minutes and seconds) of overtime contested by all teams during the 2020 postseason, including the fourth-longest game in NHL history between the Lightning and Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the First Round (5OT; 90:27 of extra time).

363 – Number of days between the puck drop on opening night of the 2019-20 regular season on Oct. 2, 2019 and awarding the Lightning the Stanley Cup on Sept. 28, 2020.
 

343:31:00 – Total duration (in hours, minutes and seconds) of the 130 games of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
 

221:14 – Total time (in minutes and seconds) of Playoff overtime played by the Lightning, the most of any team in NHL history.

201 – Number of days between the pause of the NHL season on March 12 and the awarding of the Stanley Cup on Sept. 28.

130 – Number of games contested since the NHL returned with the first game of the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers on Aug. 1, including 75 in Edmonton and 55 in Toronto.
 

85 – Number of saves made by Columbus goaltender Joonas Korpisalo in a 5OT loss to Tampa Bay in the First Round, the highest single-game total since 1955-56 when the League began tracking the statistic consistently.

65 – Number of days from the arrival of the teams to the hub cities on July 26 and the Lightning raising the Stanley Cup on Sept. 28.

57 – Total goals scored in the Second Round series between the Avalanche and Stars – the sixth-highest scoring series in NHL history.

34 – Points by Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov (7-27—34), the most of any player in the 2020 postseason and the second-highest total by any skater over the last 20 years (Evgeni Malkin: 14-22—36 in 2009).

26 – Points recorded by Dallas’ Miro Heiskanen (6-20—26) to lead all defensemen in the 2020 postseason. Only three blueliners have recorded more points in a single postseason.

24 – Members of the Lightning to win their first Stanley Cup, all but Pat Maroon who also won in 2019 with the Blues.

14 – Goals scored by Lightning forward Brayden Point to lead all players and set a new franchise record for most goals in a single postseason.

10 – Goals by Conn Smythe Trophy winner Victor Hedman, one of three defensemen in NHL history to reach double digits in a single postseason joining Paul Coffey (12 in 1985) and Brian Leetch (11 in 1994).

10 – Number of defensemen, including Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman, who have won the Conn Smythe Trophy. Eight of the previous winners on that list are members of the Hockey Hall of Fame and the other, Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith, was named among the 100 Greatest NHL Players.

9 – Number of times a player has won the Stanley Cup in consecutive seasons with different teams, including Pat Maroon in 2020 with the Lightning and 2019 with the Blues. 

3 – Goals scored by Dallas rookie Joel Kiviranta in Game 7 of the Second Round against Colorado, the seventh Game 7 hat trick in NHL history and first since Wayne Gretzky in 1993.

2 – Stanley Cups won by the Lightning (2020 and 2004). Tampa Bay is the only team to debut in the NHL in the 1990s or later to win multiple championships.

1 – Goal scored by Lightning captain Steven Stamkos in 2:47 of playing time in the 2020 postseason, all in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

0 — Best-of-seven sweeps in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fourth time since 1987, when the best-of-seven format was adapted for all four rounds (also 2016, 2002 and 1991).

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