Winning Game 1 Is A Big Deal In The Cup Finals

Stanley Cup Game 1 winner wins 76 percent of the timeSaturday night, the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils battle in Game 2 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. The Kings 2-1 overtime victory in Game 1 places them firmly in the driver seat, since teams that win Game 1 of the finals go on to win the series 76 percent of the time.

In recent years, the Game 1 winner probability has gone down a bit, after the Boston Bruins lost the first game of the final last season and the Pittsburgh Penguins did the same in the series opener back in 2009.

Both clubs rallied to win the Stanley Cup in seven games.