Florida Panthers’ win streak is over but appreciation goes on

The Florida Panthers pushed their amazing win streak to 12 games before losing a 3-2 overtime killer at Vancouver on Monday night.

Now maybe they’ll start a new streak Wednesday night at Calgary or maybe they’ll revert to their wishy-washy ways, as one Sports Illustrated expert suggests on the basis of hockey analytics.

Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr congratulates center Aleksander Barkov on his goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Ottawa, Ontario. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)
OTTAWA, Ontario -Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr congratulates center Aleksander Barkov (16) on his goal during a game against the Ottawa Senators on Jan. 7, 2015. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

I don’t know anything about hockey analytics. Truth is, I barely comprehend how a Zamboni works.

All that’s certain is the Panthers deserve a ton of credit for flirting with NHL history. The league’s record winning streak is 17 games set by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins, a team featuring Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr.

Hey, wait a minute. Jagr is still playing all these years later at the age of 43, and for the Panthers, no less.

Whether there is more magic coming for the Panthers franchise this season is up to the Nordic gods, I suppose. If nothing else we must pause to compare what this team accomplished against the other major league outfits in our area.

As you might guess, the Marlins don’t measure up very well in this category heralding consistent success.

Longest win streaks for South Florida teams

Team                                     Streak                             Year       

Miami Heat                           27 games                              2013

Miami Dolphins                   18 games                       1972 plus 1 ’73 game

Florida Panthers                   12 games                             2015-16

Miami Marlins                         9 games                       4 times, last in 2006