The Florida Panthers are officially the winners of the 2021-22 season of the Presidents Trophy.
The Panthers clinched the award Thursday night with a 4-0 win over the Ottawa Senators and a 5-4 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche against the Nashville Predators. The Panthers win the prize with two days of games left on the NHL schedule, although Sunday’s second day is right between the Winnipeg Jets and the Seattle Kraken, two teams well outside the playoff spot. playoffs, with the match only taking place due to a rescheduling.
The Presidents’ Trophy is awarded to the team that finishes the season with the most points in the regular season and also guarantees them home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. It was introduced in the 1985-86 season and has been won by 17 different teams over 35 seasons. Eight teams have won the award and won the Stanley Cup, with the most recent winner being the 2012-13 Chicago Blackhawks. However, seven teams have won the award and lost in the first round, with the most recent team being the 2018-19 Tampa Bay Lightning.
This is the first time the Panthers have won this award in their history. The only other times the team came close to winning the award were the 2020-21 season, where they finished three points behind the winner, and the 2011-12 and 2015-16 seasons, when the team won its division.
At that time, the Panthers’ 58 wins put them third among Presidents’ Trophy winners, and their 122 points at that time put them at fourth. They have one more game Friday night against the Montreal Canadiens to potentially move into sole possession of third in wins and tied for third in points.