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By The Numbers: Back-To-Back Road Wins

It's not exactly easy to win back-to-back games on the road but the Panthers did that against Pittsburgh and Buffalo.

Wednesday, 01.22.2014 / 2:30 PM ET / News
By Patrick McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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By The Numbers: Back-To-Back Road Wins
It\'s not exactly easy to win back-to-back games on the road but the Panthers did that against Pittsburgh and Buffalo.
The Panthers celebrate one of their five goals in a 5-1 victory in Pittsburgh Monday night. (Getty Images)

The Florida Panthers outlasted the Buffalo Sabres last night 4-3. The win was their second straight on the road and it came just 24 hours after thrashing the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 the previous night.

With the win in Buffalo, the Panthers completed their first sweep of road games on back-to-back nights since February 11-12, 2012 when they downed the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders on back-to-back nights. That may seem like a long time between winning road back-to-backs, but it is actually not abnormal. A look at the numbers from the last few seasons tells us that winning on consecutive nights on the road is one of the toughest feats to accomplish in the NHL.


Consider this, from 2011-2014 NHL teams have played 362 sets of back-to-back road games and only 64 times has that team won both games. That is only 17.7% of the time. During the past three seasons, seven teams have failed to sweep a single back-to-back road series and seven more teams have accomplished the feat only once.

If we factor in the Panthers beating the Pittsburgh Penguins as part of the two victories, the numbers get even more impressive. In the past three seasons, teams have played back-to-back road games that include a trip to Pittsburgh 23 times. Of those 23 instances, only three teams have emerged from the back-to-back with two victories under their belt. The Anaheim Ducks did it in February of 2012, the Philadelphia Flyers did it this November and the Florida Panthers completed the task on Monday and Tuesday with wins in Pittsburgh and Buffalo.

To put it simply, the Penguins are a tough team to play regardless of the venue or schedule. When you factor in playing the Pens in Pittsburgh as a part of two games in two nights on the road, well let’s just say things can get hopeless pretty fast.

Winning back-to-back road games in Pittsburgh and Buffalo is just another example of impressive wins this season that indicate that the Panthers have the ability to hang with the NHL’s elite. Beating the Penguins twice, taking the Blackhawks to OT, and beating the Ducks, Avalanche and Canucks in a span of seven days are just a few of the statement wins the Cats have pulled off this season.

If Florida’s accomplishments over the last two games are any indication of what is to come, those wins may cease to be statement wins and start to become business as usual.

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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