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HISTORICAL VICTORY PROBABILITIES AND TEAM PERFORMANCE RECORDS FOR BEST-OF-7 FORMAT MLB, NBA, AND NHL PLAYOFF SERIES

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BEST-OF-7 SERIES RESULTS
The master list: Winner and loser of each and every best-of-7 MLB, NBA, and NHL playoff series from 1905 (the year of the first best-of-7 series).

BEST-OF-7 HISTORICAL VICTORY PROBABILITIES
SERIES STATUS IN GAMES
leading, 1-game-nil
leading, 2-games-nil
leading, 3-games-nil
leading, 2-games-1
leading, 3-games-1
leading, 3-games-2

WhoWins™ BEST-OF-7 GREATEST COMEBACK EVER
Surmounting the 3-games-nil deficit.

WhoWins™ BEST-OF-7 ANNIHILATIONS
The ultimate ignominy: Sweeps during which the swept team never, ever leads.

BEST-OF-7 FRANCHISE SERIES OUTCOMES
ALL ROUNDS
Irrespective of Game 1 site
Game 1 played at home
Game 1 played on road
FINALS
Irrespective of Game 1 site
Game 1 played at home
Game 1 played on road
SEMIFINALS
Irrespective of Game 1 site
Game 1 played at home
Game 1 played on road
QUARTERFINALS (NBA, NHL)
Irrespective of Game 1 site
Game 1 played at home
Game 1 played on road
PRELIMINARIES (NBA, NHL)
Irrespective of Game 1 site
Game 1 played at home
Game 1 played on road

BEST-OF-7 FRANCHISE GAME OUTCOMES
ALL ROUNDS
All | Home Games | Road Games
FINALS
All | Home Games | Road Games
SEMIFINALS
All | Home Games | Road Games
QUARTERFINALS (NBA, NHL)
All | Home Games | Road Games
PRELIMINARIES (NBA, NHL)
All | Home Games | Road Games

BEST-OF-7 FRANCHISE SCORING OUTCOMES
MLB: all runs for/against
NBA: all points for/against
NHL: all goals for/against

BEST-OF-7 SCORING RECORDS
BEST-OF-7 MLB, NBA, NHL Series and Game Scoring Records

RESOURCES
Societies, books, and other resources.

BEST-OF-7 FEATURES
Articles on best-of-7 series phenomena.

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Frequently-asked questions.

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PROBABILITY FORMULAE
Mathematical formulae for best-of-7 probability computations.

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WhoWins(tm) -- MLB, NBA, NHL Playoffs -- Best-of-7 Team Win-Loss Records (Games: Road; Preliminary)

This table tells you franchise best-of-7 road game win-loss records in Preliminary round action (applicable only to the NHL through 2002, and to the NHL and NBA beginning in 2003). These NHL games have been known as the Conference Quarterfinals since 1994; they previously were the Division Semifinals (1987-1993).

Game win-loss records for MLB, NBA, and NHL best-of-7 playoff series.
Series round = Preliminary
Location = Road
Sorted by winning fraction, then by game appearances
A = game appearances
W = game wins
L = game losses
Frc. = winning fraction (= %/100)
Bold numbers denote largest values for the table column
Table updated through Fall 2014

games (Prelim) A W L Frc.
Cleveland Cavaliers 12 9 3 0.750
Colorado Avalanche 36 21 15 0.583
Detroit Pistons 16 9 7 0.563
Pittsburgh Penguins 59 33 26 0.559
San Antonio Spurs 29 16 13 0.552
Tampa Bay Lightning 20 11 9 0.550
San Jose Sharks 51 28 23 0.549
New Jersey Nets 13 7 6 0.538
Oklahoma City Thunder 13 7 6 0.538
Detroit Red Wings 74 39 35 0.527
Montreal Canadiens 59 30 29 0.508
Vancouver Canucks 50 25 25 0.500
Carolina Hurricanes 16 8 8 0.500
Seattle Supersonics 2 1 1 0.500
New York Rangers 48 23 25 0.479
Indiana Pacers 23 11 12 0.478
Boston Bruins 61 29 32 0.475
Edmonton Oilers 40 19 21 0.475
Dallas Stars 36 17 19 0.472
Washington Capitals 60 28 32 0.467
Ottawa Senators 39 18 21 0.462
Anaheim Mighty Ducks 11 5 6 0.455
Phoenix Suns 16 7 9 0.438
Washington Wizards 14 6 8 0.429
Brooklyn Nets 7 3 4 0.429
St. Louis Blues 59 25 34 0.424
Philadelphia Flyers 57 24 33 0.421
New Jersey Devils 60 25 35 0.417
Phoenix Coyotes 24 10 14 0.417
Anaheim Ducks 17 7 10 0.412
Los Angeles Lakers 27 11 16 0.407
Toronto Maple Leafs 45 18 27 0.400
Miami Heat 25 10 15 0.400
Minnesota Timberwolves 5 2 3 0.400
Los Angeles Kings 48 19 29 0.396
Buffalo Sabres 51 20 31 0.392
Boston Celtics 24 9 15 0.375
Orlando Magic 19 7 12 0.368
Minnesota North Stars 14 5 9 0.357
Chicago Blackhawks 51 18 33 0.353
Calgary Flames 42 14 28 0.333
Los Angeles Clippers 12 4 8 0.333
Winnipeg Jets 20 6 14 0.300
Golden State Warriors 10 3 7 0.300
Minnesota Wild 17 5 12 0.294
New York Islanders 31 9 22 0.290
Dallas Mavericks 32 9 23 0.281
Nashville Predators 18 5 13 0.278
Philadelphia 76ers 18 5 13 0.278
Houston Rockets 22 6 16 0.273
Chicago Bulls 26 7 19 0.269
Memphis Grizzlies 19 5 14 0.263
Portland Trailblazers 16 4 12 0.250
Utah Jazz 18 4 14 0.222
Florida Panthers 9 2 7 0.222
Atlanta Hawks 23 5 18 0.217
Milwaukee Bucks 15 3 12 0.200
New Orleans Hornets 15 3 12 0.200
New York Knickerbockers 10 2 8 0.200
Sacramento Kings 10 2 8 0.200
Columbus Blue Jackets 5 1 4 0.200
Hartford Whalers 19 3 16 0.158
Denver Nuggets 29 4 25 0.138
Quebec Nordiques 9 1 8 0.111
Toronto Raptors 9 1 8 0.111
Atlanta Thrashers 2 0 2 0.000
Charlotte Bobcats 4 0 4 0.000
Grand Total 1791 733 1058 0.409