February may be one of the coldest times of the year (tonight's low is a frigid 63 degrees), but folks, the Cats are hot.
The trip out west has done wonders for the Panthers, who are riding a hot streak and suddenly find themselves back in the thick of the playoff race, with just 25 games to go in this season's slate. Let's dive into the numbers and see just how good the Panthers have been lately in the first edition of Sunday Stats.
1: Number of times the Cats have ever swept the California stretch of the schedule. Last night's win marked the first time in franchise history that the Panthers have swept their left-coast opponents, and the first win at STAPLES Center since 2002.
Oh, and that California sweep? The Panthers are the only team to achieve that so far this season.
7: Number of wins in the last eight games. That's 14 out of 16 possible points in that stretch, the best run of the season so far for the Cats. That's with a four-game active win streak, too.
5: Number of goals per game on this road trip for the Cats (20 goals in four games), who lit the lamp a season-high seven times in the first game of the trip in Nashville.
Video: Panthers' offense erupts in 7-4 win vs. Preds
120: Number of wins that Nashville, San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles have combined for this season. All four of those teams have winning records, with three of them sitting in playoff spots. More impressively, these four teams have also gained 58% of their available points this season.
1.25: Jonathan Huberdeau's points per game production since being activated off of injured reserve. While six games is obviously a small sample size, that comes out to a 103 point pace over a full season, showing that Huberdeau's offensive chops haven't gone anywhere since we last saw him. He's also got two game-winning goals in that span - putting him in a five-way tie for fourth place among his team's leaders in that category.
80: Number of points that Aleksander Barkov has in his last 82 games played. He and Huberdeau have dominated, combining for a 9-7-16 line in six games since being activated off of injured reserve.
3: Number of skaters to ever suit up at the age of 45: Gordie Howe, Chris Chelios and, now, Jaromir Jagr, who turned 45 on Wednesday. We could write an entire book on Jagr-specific stats, so we'll just save time for now and say that he's got a lot of huge numbers on his resume. Like 1,902 points and 760 goals, good for second and third, respectively, all-time in the league's history.
Video: FLA@ANA: Jagr steals puck and scores after nice dekes
$175.50: Amount of money you could've saved ordering one large one-topping pizza after every Panthers win this season with #WINCATS on PapaJohns.com. That's 27 wins, and 27 half-off pizzas.
56%: Percentage of games left on the schedule on home ice. That's right, you've got 14 chances to come see the Cats at home before the end of the regular season schedule (and 11 on the road). That's also the same percentage of opponents left on the schedule that currently sit in playoff spots. Needless to say, the stretch run is going to be one for the ages.