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Tale of Two Home Game Win Streaks

by Bryan Burns / Tampa Bay Lightning

Since the NHL adopted the shootout prior to the 2005-06 season and eliminated ties, the Tampa Bay Lightning have had two separate home winning streaks reach eight games.

The first came late in that same 2005-06 season when the Lightning won eight in a row from March 17 to April 8 at what was known then as the St. Pete Times Forum.

The second is happening right now. Starting with a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on December 11, the Eastern Conference-leading Bolts haven't been beaten in eight games at Amalie Arena.

They'll go for win No. 9 and a franchise record Thursday versus the Detroit Red Wings. But before possibly setting a new high-water mark, let's take a closer look at the similarities and differences between the two streaks.

Game By Game of the Two Streaks
2005-06 2014-15
3/17/06 TBL 6 - PHI 3 12/11/14 TBL 2 - CAR 1
3/19/06 TBL 5 - NYI 2 12/23/14 TBL 4 - PIT 3
3/23/06 TBL 4 - WSH 3 (OT) 12/27/14 TBL 3 - CAR 2
3/25/06 TBL 4 - NYR 3 (SO) 12/29/14 TBL 4 - TOR 3
3/30/06 TBL 4 - ATL 3 1/09/15 TBL 2 - BUF 1
4/03/06 TBL 4 - FLA 1 1/15/15 TBL 3 - EDM 2
4/06/06 TBL 4 - ATL 3 (SO) 1/17/15 TBL 3 - COL 2 (SO)
4/08/06 TBL 1 - PIT 0 1/20/15 TBL 4 - VAN 1
Similarities of the Two Streaks
  • The seventh game in both streaks was decided by a 3-2 Bolts shootout win. 4/6/06 & 1/17/15.
  • Both eight game streaks featured two games against a former Southeast division rival. In 2006 it was the Atlanta Thrashers, in 2015 it was the Carolina Hurricanes.
  • The Penguins have been a victim in both streaks. The Bolts beat them in their eighth consecutive win at home in 2006 1-0, and they started their win streak with a 4-3 win against Pittsburgh in 2015.
  • The Lightning lost the preceding away game before returning home to start both home streaks.
Comparing the Stats
2005-06 2014-15
Goals Scored: 31 Goals Scored: 23
Goals Allowed: 17 Goals Allowed: 13
Goals Per Game: 3.87 Goals Per Game: 2.87
Goals Allowed Per Game: 2.12 Goals Allowed Per Game: 1.62
Top Goal Scorers
2005-06 2014-15
Vincent Lecavalier (5) Nikita Kucherov (4)
Ryan Craig (4) Tyler Johnson (3)
Freddy Modin (4) Alex Killorn (3)
Ruslan Fedotenko (3) Valterri Filppula (3)
Martin St. Louis (3) Steven Stamkos (3)
Pavel Kubina (2) Ryan Callahan (2)
Dmitry Afanasenkov (2) Ondrej Palat (2)
Goaltender Stats
2005-06 2014-15
Wins – John Grahame (5), Sean Burke (3) Wins – Ben Bishop (6), Evgeni Nabokov (1), Andrei Vasilevskiy (1)
Most saves in one game – John Grahame (30) on 3/17/06 Most saves in one game – Ben Bishop (40) on 1/17/15
Highest save percentage – Sean Burke (1.000) on 4/8/06 Highest save percentage – Evgeni Nabokov (.967) on 12/11/15
Total shots faced – 193 Total shots faced – 231
Total saves – 179 Total saves – 218
Combined save percentage - 92.7% Combined save percentage - 94.3 %

Doug Spencer also contributed to this report.

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