The first week in 2022 has started the same way it finished from the Pittsburgh Penguins: winning. The franchise won their 10th straight game in the NHL regular season.
The last one was against Philadelphia Flyers, at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday 6, in a 6 – 2 victory. Bryan Rust and Jake Guentzel scored twice, and Evan Rodrigues and Brian Boyle completed.
Cam Atkinson and Oskar Lindblom scored for the Flyers in the second and third period, respectively, which has now three straight losses and are in 6th place from Metropolitan Division.
As a result, the Pittsburgh Penguins reached their 10th straight win. This is the longest by any team in 2021-22 and ties their fifth-longest win streak in franchise history. The other time the Pens had a 10-win streak was in the 98-99’s season. But the bigger streak still was in 92-93, with 17 victories.
During the current streak, the Pens have outscored opponents, 17-1, in the first period. In these matches, they had 45 goals for and 20 against.
In the past three challenges, the franchise finished over 5.5 goals. Considering all the 33 games played at this regular season, 18 ended over 5.5.
Take a look below at all the results from the win streak:
- Pittsburgh 4 @ Vancouver 1
- Pittsburgh 6 @ Seattle 1
- Pittsburgh 4 @ Washington 2
- Anaheim 0 @ Pittsburgh 1
- Montréal 2 @ Pittsburgh 5
- Buffalo 2 @ Pittsburgh 3
- Pittsburgh 3 @ New Jersey 2
- San Jose 5 @ Pittsburgh 8
- St. Louis 3 @ Pittsburgh 5
- Pittsburgh 6 @ Philadelphia 2
Despite all these victories, The Penguins need to keep winning for climbing more positions on the standing. The team is only the 7th in the Eastern Conference, with 45 points. But as they have fewer games than New York Rangers and Washington Capitals, with 48, the franchise can overcome both in the future.
Even with the 7th place, Pittsburgh has interesting numbers in the season. Their offense and defense is the 5th better from the Conference, with 133 and 86 goals, respectively, resulting in 2,6 goals against per game.
Their results playing away also call attention since they had only three until the third period.
And all the players have an essential job in this team since the franchise has no skater among the top five in the main stats. Jake Guentzel leads them in goals and points, with 18 and 33 in 27 games played, resulting in more than one point per game.
Evan Rodrigues is also doing a great job, with 15 points and 15 assists, while Kris Letang has incredible 26 assists.
Pittsburgh will play again on Saturday 8 when they will face Dallas Stars, which are only the 13th in the Western Conference, with 34 points but come from three straight wins. So it must be a levelheaded game. On Bovada, the Stars may be lightly favorite for the winner.