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The Noon Number: It Comes With The Territory?

Perhaps a little adversity in the short-term has long-term benefits

NHL: Washington Capitals at Anaheim Ducks Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

5 - Current consecutive full-season Stanley Cup champions that have endured losing streaks of four games or more during their championship seasons. In fact, since the 2004-05 lockout, eight of the ten full-season champs have gone through such streaks en route to their ultimate goal. Here’s a list of those post-lockout clubs and their longest winless stretches:

  • 2016 Penguins (five straight losses, December 11 - 19)
  • 2015 Blackhawks (four straight losses, April 5 - 11)
  • 2014 Kings (five straight losses, December 23 - January 2)
  • 2013 Blackhawks (two straight losses, four times; lockout-shortened season)
  • 2012 Kings (five straight losses, October 29 - November 7 and December 3 - 13; four straight losses, February 16 - 22)
  • 2011 Bruins (four straight losses, March 5 - 11)
  • 2010 Blackhawks (three straight losses, three times)
  • 2009 Penguins (five straight losses, December 27 - January 5)
  • 2008 Red Wings (six straight losses, February 7 - 17)
  • 2007 Ducks (four straight losses, December 29 - January 5 and January 13 - 19)
  • 2006 Hurricanes (three straight losses, three times)

As you may have noticed, the Capitals currently sport a four-game regulation losing streak, their longest since October 26 - November 2, 2014. But, contrary to what you might be inclined to think or read online, that doesn’t mean their season is over.