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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Pittsburgh Penguins 2008 Year In Review

2008 was a great year for Penguins hockey. The year began with the memorable Winter Classic. In the first outdoor regular season NHL game played in the United States, Sidney Crosby scored in a shootout to win the game for the Penguins. The team went on to win the Atlantic division title, their first division title in 10 years. They then became Eastern Conference Champions, dispatching of the Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers with relative ease. They played in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1992. It was one of the most memorable years in Penguins history.

Over the next few days, as the results of our survey come in, we will examine the Best of 2008.

However, today we will look at an in depth statistical breakdown of the year that was.


These numbers start with the Penguins/Sabres game on January 1st, 2008 and end with the Penguins/Bruins game on December 30th, 2008 and only include regular season games.

All data is taken from

Pittsburgh Penguins 2008 Regular Season Record:

Pittsburgh Penguins 2008 Regular Season Home Record:

Pittsburgh Penguins 2008 Regular Season Road Record:

Regular Season Goals For in 2008:

Regular Season Goals Against in 2008:

Regular Season Home Goals For in 2008:

Regular Season Home Goals Against in 2008:

Regular Season Road Goals For in 2008:

Regular Season Road Goals Against in 2008:

Longest winning streak in 2008:
Six games (Nov. 1 - Nov. 15)

Longest losing streak in 2008:
Three games (Twice: Oct. 25 - Oct. 30 and Dec. 6 - Dec. 10)

Longest home winning streak in 2008:
Seven games (Mar. 12 - Apr. 2)

Longest home losing streak in 2008:
Four games (Dec. 12 - Dec. 30)

Longest road winning streak in 2008:
Five games (Nov. 1 - Nov. 26)

Longest road losing streak in 2008:
Three games (Oct. 25 - Oct. 30)

Most goals scored in one game in 2008:
Nine (Nov. 12 versus New York Islanders)

Most goals allowed in one game in 2008:
Seven (Dec. 20 versus Toronto Maple Leafs)

Pittsburgh Penguins 2008 Regular Season Record VS. Eastern Conference:

Pittsburgh Penguins 2008 Regular Season Record VS. Western Conference:

Pittsburgh Penguins 2008 Regular Season Record VS. Atlantic Division:

Pittsburgh Penguins 2008 Regular Season Record VS. Northeast Division:

Pittsburgh Penguins 2008 Regular Season Record VS. Southeast Division:

Pittsburgh Penguins 2008 Regular Season Record VS. Pacific Division:

Pittsburgh Penguins 2008 Regular Season Record VS. Central Division:

Pittsburgh Penguins 2008 Regular Season Record VS. Northwest Division:

Pittsburgh Penguins 2008 Regular Season By Opponent:
VS. Anaheim Ducks: 0-0-0
VS. Atlanta Thrashers: 3-1-1
VS. Boston Bruins: 1-3-0
VS. Buffalo Sabres: 5-2-0
VS. Calgary Flames: 0-0-0
VS. Carolina Hurricanes: 3-1-0
VS. Chicago Blackhawks: 0-0-0
VS. Colorado Avalanche: 0-0-0
VS. Columbus Blue Jackets: 0-0-0
VS. Dallas Stars: 0-0-0
VS. Detroit Red Wings: 1-0-0
VS. Edmonton Oilers: 1-0-0
VS. Florida Panthers: 3-1-0
VS. Los Angeles Kings: 1-0-0
VS. Minnesota Wild: 0-0-1
VS. Montreal Canadiens: 2-1-0
VS. Nashville Predators: 0-0-0
VS. New Jersey Devils: 5-1-2
VS. New York Islanders: 6-1-0
VS. New York Rangers: 2-1-3
VS. Ottawa Senators: 1-3-1
VS. Philadelphia Flyers: 5-3-0
VS. Phoenix Coyotes: 0-1-0
VS. San Jose Sharks: 0-1-1
VS. St. Louis Blues: 1-0-0
VS. Tampa Bay Lightning: 3-2-0
VS. Toronto Maple Leafs: 2-1-0
VS. Vancouver Canucks: 0-1-0
VS. Washington Capitals: 1-1-1

What can we learn from these numbers? Well, first of all, the Penguins only lost ten home games in regulation in 2008. Unfortunately five of those ten losses have taken place in the last month.

The Penguins longest home losing streak also took place this month, and it may carry on into the new year. The Mellon Arena, which was once a very friendly building for the Penguins, is no longer doing the team any favours.

Still, the Penguins 2008 campaign was a very successful one, but what went in like a lion has definitely gone out like a lamb. The Penguins opened the year with a five game winning streak and ended it with two straight losses.

Over the next few days we will be revealing the results of the Best of 2008 Survey as we continue our wrap up of 2008.

Happy New Year from Penguins Experience!

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