How do the Blues three separate 7-game winning streaks stack up with other championship seasons?
“Alright you guys, let’s listen up. We won a game yesterday. We win one today, that’s two in a row. We win one tomorrow, that’s called a winning streak. It has happened before. So let’s see some hustle! Let’s jack it up a little! I got a feeling things are about to turn around for us!”-Cleveland Indians Coach Lou Brown from Major League 2 released in 1994.
Winning streaks can be an essential piece to any team’s success throughout a season. As this current Blues roster continues to battle each team, they have seemingly separated themselves from any NHL team with regard to winning streaks over the last ten seasons. After watching the Blues defeat Dallas 4-3 in OT Saturday evening John Kelly made the statement that the St. Louis Blues have 3 seven-game win streaks during this current year which sets a Blues franchise record.
One 7 game win streak alone is impressive let alone 3. This information stewed in my mind about any other teams who have hoisted the Stanley Cup with stringing together winning streaks. I decided to peel back the layers and look at the last 10 years of Stanley Cup winners and peer inside any of their winning streaks to determine if there was, in fact, a pattern. I wanted to see if streaks played into a team truly meshing on all cylinders. After researching the last 10 Stanley Cup Champions I found their winning streaks. It should be noted that I only counted a winning streak when the team won 4 in a row. I also peeled back the layers a bit to highlight the goals for versus goals against during a streak.
Below you will find the teams since 2010 with winning streaks, featuring GF & GA which will be touched on afterward.
2010 Blackhawks: Winning streaks of 4, 8, 4, 5, 4, & 6. During their streaks GF 133 GA 61
2011 Bruins: Winning streaks of 4, 11. During their streaks GF 32 GA 17
2012 L.A. Kings: Winning streaks of 4 & 6. During their streaks GF 33 GA 13
2013 Blackhawks: *shortened season* Winning streaks of 6, 4, 11 & 7 GF 95 GA 49
2014 L.A. Kings: Winning streaks of 4, 6, 8, & 6 GF 76 GA 38
2015 Blackhawks: Winning streaks of 8, 4 & 4 GF 56 GA 25
2016 Penguins: Winning streaks of 6, 4, 6 & 8 GF 98 GA 51
2017 Penguins: Winning streaks of 4, 7, 5, 5, & 4 GF 111 GA 57
2018 Capitals: Winning streaks of 4, 4, 5, 4, & 5 GF 92 GA 50
2019 St. Louis Blues: Winning streaks of 11 & 4 GF 62 GA 24
2020 Currently St. Louis Blues: Winning streaks of 7, 4, 8, 4, & 7 GF 116 GA 59
There is so much information to digest after looking at all of these statistics. The common thread which should be highlighted is the anomaly of how these streaks can really showcase a team’s true performance. Essentially, The 3 outliers in this statistical category would be the 2011 Bruins with only 2 win streaks, the 2012 L.A. Kings with 2 win streaks and the 2019 Blues with 2 win streaks. All other Stanley Cup Champions over the past ten years have had 3 or more win streaks. Looking at the last 10 year’s worth of data, the St. Louis Blues are the only team with 3 seven-game win streaks during their defending Stanley Cup defending campaign.
Digging deeper, the Blues current win streak with regards to GF & GA differential during this season is a +57. Those numbers are comparable to the 2016 Penguins differential +47 & the 2017 Penguins differential + 47 during the course of their combined win streaks. To highlight how important the win streak is with a team firing on all cylinders we need to look all the way back to the 2010 Blackhawks with their 6 win streaks of at least 4 or more wins during any such stretch. That Blackhawks roster had a goal differential of +72 over the course of 6 win streaks.
When looking at the next 16 games it is clear Colorado and Dallas are not going away without a fight. Our boys finding their groove of late has certainly kept them in the forefront of potentially becoming….well, I won’t say it yet.
I don’t have any plans for June. However, if statistics help to play a part as they did for the Penguins in 2016 & 2017 then I am certainly excited to see how these playoffs…play out.
This team is more than fun to watch. Each game allows us to see which player or players will step up and play the role of the hero. While this team may have many heroes, every one of these gentlemen will always digress to their teammate as the one who helped to make the play. These boys are selfless and their play on the ice shows that in how well they communicate and ultimately pummel an opponent to play “their game.”
Our boys certainly hit a skid in their first 7 games after the All-Star Break but seemed to regain their composure over the last 7 games. Only 16 games remain in this season before the NHL unveils the teams which once again compete for the ultimate trophy in all of sports. As always, I appreciate you taking the time to read. Take care of yourselves and each other.