Saturday, February 23, 2013
Chicago Blackhawks Set New NHL Record
The win gives the Hawks a new NHL record for most successful start to a season by not losing in regulation time in their first 17 games this year, breaking the old mark of 16 straight without a regulation loss set by the Anaheim Ducks back in the 2006-07 season. Anaheim went on to win their only Stanley Cup title that season.
Chicago has 31 of a possible 34 points so far this season, which is only 48 games long due to the NHL lockout which ended last month.
The least amount of losses ever in a full season schedule (of 80 games or more) is held by the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens, who lost only eight games (60-8-12 for a record 132 points) that season in the midst of a dynasty that saw them win four consecutive Stanley Cup titles.
The Blackhawks continue to to roll through the Western Conference so far this season and will not see a team from the Eastern Conference (due to irregular scheduling as a result of the lockout) unless they reach the Stanley Cup Finals, which appears to be a lock at this point.