The oldest team in the NHL is on track to potentially set another league standard this season.
The Pittsburgh Penguins failed to score on three power play opportunities during Friday night’s 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers, including a late shot at a 6-on-4 with the potential to tie the game.
On the Penguins’ last 37 attempts, the power play is now 0-for-37.
According to Florida Hockey Now’s George Richards, the reported record for the most consecutive power plays without a goal is 0-for-51, a standard set by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
At what StatMuse reports is a rate of 2.85 power-play opportunities per game so far this season, the Penguins only need five more games without fixing the power play’s myriad problems to match that record.
That feels like a very real possibility after Friday’s loss, during which an attempted solution hinged on placing Vinnie Hinostroza, formerly a healthy scratch, on the top unit.
One must go all the way back to November 11, when Erik Karlsson wired in a wrist shot from the point during a 4-0 shutout of the Buffalo Sabres, to find the last time the Penguins were able to do any damage on the man advantage.
By the time the Pens return to the ice to welcome the Arizona Coyotes to PPG Paints on Tuesday, it will have been a full calendar month without seeing the power play score a goal.
The Penguins’ power play is now operating below a 10 percent success rate over the season so far, beating out only the St. Louis Blues (9.5 percent) and the Washington Capitals (9.0 percent) as the least effective unit in the NHL.
Despite their current four-game losing skid the 11-12-3 Penguins currently sit just four points out of the last wild card playoff spot in the East.
This season is not yet unsalvageable— but it might get that way if the team does not solve this power play before it sets the new NHL record.