This heating may not be unprecedented, but it is fast approaching that territory.
With a win over the Oilers on Monday, the New Jersey Devils extended their winning streak to 13 games, tying the fifth-longest run in NHL history and just four games behind the all-time record.
A win streak of at least 13 has only been achieved 10 other times, with the Panthers last reaching that goal that last season before the rival Lightning put an end to it. The Devils also achieved 13 straight wins during the 2000–01 season before falling out in the Cup Final after winning it all year before.
Another dub over the depleted Maple Leafs on Wednesday night would put the Devils tied for fourth all-time and within striking distance of the 1992–93 Penguins’ record of 17 straight wins. With New Jersey moving inches closer to first place, let’s see where this run ranked historically and how the teams chasing the Devils finished on the all-time list.
Pittsburgh Penguins, 1992-93 (17 games)
The back-to-back champion Penguins entered the season with a three-peat in their sights and looked like a juggernaut heading into the 1993 playoffs after finishing the campaign undefeated in 18 straight games, including a 17-match win streak in the midst of it. run.
That late-season heat wave may have drained whatever gas Pittsburgh had left, as the two-time champions — laden with the likes of Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Ron Francis, Larry Murphy and others — were shockingly upset by New York’s Islanders in the second round that spring.
The second longest win streak in NHL history belongs to… the, uhh, Columbus Blue Jackets? We’ll forgive you for not remembering the Jackets’ 16-game dominance from a few seasons ago, because it’s honestly pretty hard to ever remember anything about that team.
This version of the Blue Jackets, coached by John Tortorella and backed by that year’s Vezina winner in Sergei Bobrovsky, essentially drove stingy defense and hot goalkeepers to a mid-season wild run before blasting to the Penguins in the first round in just five games. .
New York Islanders, 1981–82 (15 games)
The ’81-82 Islanders were the best of those early 1980s dynasty teams and one of the greatest teams ever assembled. They dominated from start to finish with 54 regular season wins and 118 points in 80 games for the best campaign in franchise history.
After transporting everyone and putting on a mid-season 15-game win streak along the way, the Isles captured their third of four straight Stanley Cups that spring.
Pittsburgh Penguins, 2012-13 (15 games)
The Pens appear in the top-five for the second time with their 14-game run in March 2013. Pittsburgh, led by Premier Crosby, Malkin, Letang and Fleury, rocked their competition throughout the year, finishing top of the East in the regular season wins and points in the lockout-shortened campaign.
Like most squads on this list, the Penguins didn’t come up for a championship that season – they were swept by the Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Boston Bruins, 1929–30 (14 games)
I mean who could forget this legendary squad with Cooney Weiland, Dit Clapper and Dutch Gainor leading the way, Eddie Shore and Lionel Hitchman on the blue line and Tiny Thompson between the pipes.
Unfortunately, there was no championship for this starting side either, as the Bruins eventually fell to the Canadiens in the Cup Final.
Alex Ovechkin and Nick Backstrom have been in top form this season for the Capitals, who rode their two-star forward, along with offensive juggernaut Mike Green, to a ridiculous 54 wins, 121 points in the regular season, while easily clinching the President’s Trophy. as the NHL’s top regular season team.
However, this may have been another case of mid-season burnout as they suffered perhaps their most disappointing playoff loss (of many), falling to the eighth-place Canadiens in the first round.
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