Not precisely how New Jersey Devils followers needed the streak to finish. They had not one, not two, however three targets disallowed in a 2-1 dwelling loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday night time. That halted New Jersey’s unimaginable successful streak at 13 video games.
It’s over, however it’s one of many biggest streaks in NHL history, tied for the seventh longest all-time.
It received me considering: what are the NHL’s most amazing team streaks? Here are my picks for the highest 10 ever. For this train, I went with a glass-half-full mentality, ignoring adverse streaks (i.e. the Sabres’ NHL report 11-year playoff drought) and itemizing solely constructive streaks that groups theoretically wish to obtain.
Pittsburgh Penguins’ 17-game successful streak, 1992-93
The 1992-93 Pens are in the dialogue for the best team to not win a Stanley Cup, up there with the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings and 2018-19 Tampa Bay Lightning. Led by Mario Lemieux’s unimaginable return from mid-season most cancers therapy, the Pens have been unstoppable. Lemieux had a hilarious 27 targets and 51 factors through the 17-game streak.
But is it unbeatable? No. The Columbus Blue Jackets have been a recreation away from tying it in 2016-17 once they received 16 straight with a lunchpail squad coached by John Tortorella. The 1981-82 New York Islanders and 2012-13 Pens received 15 in a row. The Devils simply made a strong run on the report. Given how typically the streak has been threatened, it appears prone to fall sometime.
Chicago Blackhawks’ 24-game factors streak to start out the season, 2012-13
The 2012-13 Blackhawks have been a wire-to-wire behemoth. They’re the one team in the final 46 years to complete with a factors share north of .800, and so they captured the Stanley Cup, cementing their standing as one of many biggest groups of all time. The season was shortened to 48 video games due to a lockout, so their season-opening factors streak comprised half their schedule.
But as a result of the present standings format awards loser factors for additional time and shootout losses, a 24-game factors streak to open a season doesn’t really feel utterly unattainable. A team might lose half a dozen instances in a 25-game stretch and nonetheless set the report.
Detroit Red Wings’ 23-game dwelling successful streak, 2011-12
Of all of the Red Wings groups to place a streak like this collectively…who would’ve guessed it was the decidedly forgettable 2011-12 squad? They completed third in their division and bombed out in Round 1 of the playoffs. Yet this team, led by Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, and Nicklas Lidstrom in his remaining season, was a drive at Joe Louis Arena.
No different team has even received 20 straight at dwelling because the 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers, so 23 is kind of the mark. And but…the Colorado Avalanche received 18 straight at dwelling final season, whereas the Boston Bruins have received 11 in a row throughout their lively dwelling successful streak this season. It doesn’t really feel utterly inconceivable to win 24 straight at dwelling.
Montreal Canadiens’ 10 consecutive additional time victories, 1992-93 playoffs
The Habs’ 10-game streak is outstanding however not a lot due to how spectacular it was. To me, it was a contented fluke, and it cracks the listing of biggest streaks as a result of it’s so unlikely to occur once more. Overtime is usually determined by luck – a bounce, a display screen, a deflection, a damaged play brought on by drained legs. The odds of successful the coin flip 10 instances in a row are fairly powerful. And to beat the report, you want no less than 11 additional time video games in a single postseason, which requires making it deep sufficient to search out your self located in additional time no less than 11 instances. The additional time streak has me shaking my head at its improbability fairly than feeling in awe of the team that set it.
Flames’ 264 common video games with out being shut out, 1981-1985
Yes, the Flames scored no less than one aim in each common season recreation from November 12, 1981, to January 9, 1985. The longest non-shutout streak this millennium is 175 video games. Goalies are simply a lot larger and higher than they have been in the Eighties that the thought of beating this report is ludicrous. That stated…scoring reached a 26-year excessive final yr, it’s at the moment monitoring even greater this yr, and the league-wide save share sits at its lowest level since 2006-07. The Florida Panthers went greater than 100 video games with out being shut out between final season and this previous Sunday earlier than their streak ended. So perhaps there’s a glimmer of hope for some team to achieve 265.
Philadelphia Flyers’ 35-game factors streak, 1979-80
In its unique incarnation, this streak would land in the ‘Untouchable’ bin – as a result of it was an unbeaten streak. Ties existed in 1979-80. The Flyers genuinely went 35 video games with out shedding.
But now, after the appearance of shootouts and 3-on-3? It’s categorized by the NHL as a factors streak. That means a team might sprinkle some losses amid a powerful run of victories. It’s nonetheless an extremely excessive bar to clear, with no team even coming inside 10 of it because it was established because the report.
Boston Bruins’ 29 straight playoff appearances, 1968-1996
The Bruins reached the Big Dance 29 instances in a row between 1967-68 and 1995-96, passing the torch from Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito to Ray Bourque and Cam Neely. But the NHL was comprised of 12 groups, eight of which certified for the playoffs yearly, when the streak commenced. The league grew from 12 to 26 groups all through the 29-year run, however it was nonetheless far simpler to earn a playoff seed throughout that interval than it’s immediately. The wage cap generates excessive parity, with the playoff discipline turning over by half a dozen groups seemingly yearly, and solely 50 % of the 32-team discipline competes in the postseason.
The Detroit Red Wings did make the playoffs 25 years in a row between 1990-91 and 2015-16, however greater than half of their streak passed off pre-salary cap. The Pittsburgh Penguins at the moment sit at 16 in a row, courting again to 2006-07, however shall be hard-pressed to maintain their streak going one other 14 years as soon as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang retire. To make it 30 years? No probability immediately. The sport adjustments far an excessive amount of in 30 years.
Montreal Canadiens’ 10 consecutive Stanley Cup Final appearances, 1951-1960
Another Habs report, which you’ll see beneath, will get extra glory, however Montreal reaching 10 Finals in a row will get neglected. No different team in NHL history has greater than 5 straight journeys to the Final! Spending a whole decade in the Final displays their dynastic dominance and the actual fact they’d a stranglehold on recruiting Quebec-based prospects, however it additionally displays the actual fact they performed in a six-team league on the time. If you completed fourth place out of six groups and received a single playoff sequence, increase, you made it to the Stanley Cup Final. This report won’t ever be overwhelmed, interval. It was simply far simpler to perform when it occurred.
Montreal Canadiens’ 5 consecutive Stanley Cup victories, 1956-60
How untouchable are 5 straight Cups? Today, we name it a dynasty should you win two in a row, just like the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2020 and 2021, or should you win three in 5 years, just like the Blackhawks between 2010 and 2015. Not even the powerhouse Habs of the late Nineteen Seventies, the stacked New York Islanders of the early Eighties, and the high-flying Edmonton Oilers of the mid-Eighties might go 5 in a row.
The Habs’ report of 5 straight had the circumstantial benefits of taking part in in a six-team league, and the character of participant recruitment on the time allowed Montreal to construct a team that nobody might dream of matching immediately. The 1955-56 Habs, for example, had Jean Beliveau and Maurice Richard and Henri Richard and Doug Harvey and Bernie Geoffrion, and Jacques Plante. Downright foolish.
New York Islanders’ 19 consecutive playoff sequence wins, 1980-1984
The Isles received 4 straight Cups and reached the 1984 Final in their bid for a fifth straight. Their report trumps Montreal’s 5 straight championships, after all, since you solely wanted to win two sequence a yr through the Original Six days. The Habs received (*10*) 10 playoff sequence throughout their five-year championship dynasty. The Isles nearly doubled that streak. And did so taking part in in a 21-team discipline.
The Isles’ 19 straight sequence victories stand alone as hockey’s biggest team streak – and one of many biggest streaks in professional sports activities history.