Sunday night, Predators back-up goalie Carter Hutton backstopped Nashville to a 3-1 win in Winnipeg.
Doing so, he became just the seventh goalie to record a win for Nashville since the franchise's inception in 1998, joining Mike Dunham, Tomas Vokoun, Chris Mason, Dan Ellis, Pekka Rinne and Anders Lindback (altogether, 13 men have appeared in goal for Nashville).
Stories about the Predators frequently note how stable the franchise has been — coached by Barry Trotz and managed by GM David Poile since Day One (Wikipedia's pages for "List of Nashville Predators' head coaches" and "List of Nashville Predators' general managers" are unintentionally hilarious).
The team's first ever draft pick, David Legwand, is still on the team.
What's rarely mentioned is how consistent the team has been in goal, though "building from the goalie out" has been a benchmark of the franchise from the beginning. Even long-time fans of the team are startled at the low number of people who have picked up wins in a sabre-tooth sweater.
Using Hockey Reference's historical data, here's a ranking of every NHL team by the number of goalies who have recorded a win for them since the Predators joined the league for the 1998-99 season (three teams — the Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild and Winnipeg Jets/Atlanta Thrashers joined the league after the Predators). The average number of winning goalies per team in the NHL since 1998-99 is 16.47 (16.8 for the 29 non-Nashville teams).
Also included is the season in which the seventh goalie earned his win during that period.
1. Tampa Bay Lightning 28 1999-00
2. New York Islanders 24 2000-01
3. St. Louis Blues 22 2001-02
T4. Phoenix Coyotes 21 2001-02
T4. Toronto Maple Leafs 21 2002-03
T6. Edmonton Oilers 19 2000-01
T6. Florida Panthers 19 2000-01
T8. Calgary Flames 18 2001-02
T8. Chicago Blackhawks 18 2002-03
T8. Los Angeles Kings 18 2002-03
T8. Ottawa Senators 18 2002-03
T8. Pittsburgh Penguins 18 2000-01
T8. Vancouver Canucks 18 2000-01
T14. Boston Bruins 17 2002-03
T14. Columbus Blue Jackets 17 2006-07
T14. Winnipeg Jets 17 2001-02
T17. Carolina Hurricanes 16 2002-03
T17. Dallas Stars 16 2005-06
T17. Washington Capitals 16 2003-04
T20. Anaheim Ducks 15 2006-07
T20. Colorado Avalanche 15 2003-04
T22. New York Rangers 14 2003-04
T22. Philadelphia Flyers 14 2003-04
24. Detroit Red Wings 13 2002-03
25. Montreal Canadiens 12 2005-06
T26. Minnesota Wild 11 2009-10
T26. New Jersey Devils 11 2007-08
29. Buffalo Sabres 10 2007-08
30. Nashville Predators 7 2013-14
A couple of observations:
* For the St. Louis Blues, seven goalies notched a win in one season (2002-03)
* Predictably, the New Jersey Devils rank low on the list. Martin Brodeur has been (but for injury) the No. 1 starter for the Devils for twenty years.
* The three teams that were part of the Predators cohort during expansion — the Blue Jackets, Wild and Jets (nee Thrashers) — averaged 15 different goalies with wins, despite all three entering the league after the Preds (the Jets/Thrashers the next year, the Wild and Jackets two years later).
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