Since the start of the 2018-2019 season, the New York Islanders have the third-longest point streak. We look at the longest in NHL history.
So far this year, the Islanders have the longest point streak of the season at 14 games. For reference, I wanted to go back in recent history and see how long these point streaks have gone on for.
Last year, only two teams had more than a 14 game point streak. The Bruins had a 19 game point streak (13th longest all-time) and the Tampa Bay Lightning had a 16 game point streak (40th all-time).
Apparently, point streaks go on for longer than I remember. Since 2010, 12 teams have reached a 15 game point streak (the Islanders are one game away from that at the moment). The most recent win streak in the top-five is the 2012-2013 point streak from the Chicago Blackhawks.
They went 24 games in a row with a point, that’s even more impressive when you realize that they only played 48 games in the lockout-shortened 2012-2013 season. Yes, they essentially had a point streak for half their season, they finished 36-7-5.
Ironically, the longest point streak in NHL history comes from the Philadelphia Flyers, they hold the record with 35 games in a row with a point. Why is this ironic, it happened in 1979-1980, the year the Islanders beat them in the Stanley Cup Final.
While having regular-season success is great, what does this all mean for the Islanders playoff chances. Well, looking at last year seven teams went on a point streak of 10 games or more. Of those seven teams, five made the playoffs. That’s a 71 percent chance of making the playoffs right there.
Two of those teams made it to the Stanley Cup Final. That’s 29 percent, and obviously one out of seven is 14 percent for winning the Stanley Cup. That’s just last year, what if we did the last three years.
Over the last three years, 24 teams have gone on a double-digit point streak. Of those 24 teams, 20 have made the playoffs. That’s roughly 83 percent of those teams making the playoffs, great odds for the Islanders.
Of those 24 teams, four of them have gone to the Stanley Cup Final. That’s 17 percent for those who like to look at the numbers in that way. Two of those teams have won the cup which means, it’s seven percent of those teams.
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That seven percent doesn’t look all that promising but when you realize that four of the last six teams in the Stanley Cup Final have gone on a 10 game point streak or more and then two of the last three teams to win the thing went on a 10 game point streak or more really puts things into perspective. May the odds be in the Islanders’ favor.