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.
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