Thursday, March 28, 2013
Inside the Penguins' 13-game win streak
By ESPN Stats & Information
Now that the Miami Heat win streak is over ...
The Pittsburgh Penguins will try and extend their win streak on Thursday to 14 games when they host the Winnipeg Jets, a team the Penguins have beaten 11 straight times at home.
During the Penguins’ 13-game win streak, 52 percent of their goals have come in areas directly around the net or in the slot. Before the streak, the Penguins had more success scoring from the edges of the offensive zone -- more than 60 percent of their goals came from around the faceoff circles or point.
Pittsburgh has outscored its opponents 19-4 in the third period during its win streak, the highest differential in the NHL the month of March. (In the first two periods combined they have outscored their opponents by just three goals.) In their first 21 games the Penguins outscored their opponents by six goals in the third period.
Sidney Crosby has led the charge for the Penguins, notching 23 points during the win streak. He’s the only Penguin with at least 20 points during the streak, and his 17 assists are the most in the NHL in the month of March.
The 13-game win streak is the longest of Crosby’s career and is now tied for the fifth longest single-season streak in NHL history. (The 1992-93 Penguins own the NHL single-season mark with 17 straight wins.)
Eight teams in NHL history have had a single-season win streak of at least 13 games, but only the 1981-82 New York Islanders (who won 15 in a row) went on to win the Stanley Cup that season.