SUNRISE, Fla. - With the Florida Panthers 4-3 shootout win tonight over the New York Rangers at BB&T Center, the club has won its franchise-record eighth consecutive home game. The Panthers surpass the previous franchise record of a seven-game home winning streak set during the club's 2015-16 Atlantic Division title season.
The Panthers currently stand two points away from the second Stanley Cup Playoff wild card position (Columbus Blue Jackets) and three points away from the first (New Jersey Devils).
Over the eight-game home winning streak, the Panthers have earned victories over the Washington Capitals (3-2), the back-to-back Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins (6-5), Toronto Maple Leafs (3-2 OT), New Jersey Devils (3-2), Buffalo Sabres (4-1), Philadelphia Flyers (4-1) and New York Rangers (4-3, shootout).
Since Feb. 22, the Panthers have played and won the most home games in the NHL (8), producing a League-best 31 goals at home, 25 of which were scored at even strength. Over the eight-game winning streak, Panthers forwards Aleksander Barkov (5-7-12) and Evgenii Dadonov (6-6-12) lead the team in points, while Dadonov leads the team with six goals. Defenseman Keith Yandle leads the Panthers in assists (9) and the NHL over the winning streak. Over the streak, 19 of 21 Panthers skaters have recorded at least one point.
The Cats' goaltenders have permitted only 16 goals on 284 shots faced over the club's home winning streak at BB&T Center. Roberto Luongo owns a 7-0-0 record, a 2.10 goals against average, a .942 save percentage and one shutout. In his 990th NHL game on March 8 against the Montreal Canadiens, Luongo registered his 75th NHL shutout, placing him one shy of tying Hockey Hall of Famers Ed Belfour and Tony Esposito for ninth all-time. James Reimer produced a .960 save percentage in his March 2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres, making 24 saves on 25 shots.
The eight-game home winning streak is part of a 19-game stretch since the NHL All-Star Break in which the Panthers rank tied for first in the NHL for wins (15), while owning a 10-1-0 home record. Over the 19 games since the NHL All-Star Game, three different Panthers have recorded their first NHL Hat Tricks: Vincent Trocheck (Feb. 12 at Edmonton), Evgenii Dadonov (Feb. 24 vs. Pittsburgh) and Nick Bjugstad (March 6 at Tampa Bay).
Barkov, a 2018 NHL All-Star, has produced 25 points (10-15-25) since the All-Star Break, ranking him tied for fourth in the NHL and third in the Eastern Conference over that span. He was voted the NHL's third star of the week, for the week ending March 4, after registering five goals and six points in four games.
The Panthers can continue to add to their franchise-record home winning streak with three games remaining on their five-game homestand: March 12 vs. Ottawa (7:30 P.M.), March 15 vs. Boston (7:30 P.M.) and March 17 vs. Edmonton (2 P.M).
Fans can purchase a Playoff Hunt 4-Pack at FloridaPanthers.com/PlayoffHunt to catch all of the action of the remaining regular-season home games at BB&T Center. Build a four-game package to enjoy special benefits including playoff pre-sale access, best available seat locations and discounted prices from single game pricing.
This is Panthers Territory. We unite on Monday when the Florida Panthers host the Ottawa Senators at BB&T Center (7 P.M.). Join our territory and become a Season Ticket Holder to enjoy exclusive savings on select BB&T Center concessions, 25th Anniversary Discount at Pantherland store and priority access to Stanley Cup Playoff tickets. Visit FloridaPanthers.com/TicketCentral or call 954-835-PUCK (7825) for more information.