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Just Another Game For The Wings?

from Brian Hedger at NHL.com,

The purists have already spoken up.

They say that even if the Detroit Red Wings beat the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night at Joe Louis Arena for their 20th straight victory on home ice – tying the NHL record shared by the 1929-30 Boston Bruins and 1975-76 Flyers – it should come with an asterisk.

They argue that because neither of those old Bruins and Flyers teams had the advantage of winning games in overtime or shootouts, their home winning streaks are still more impressive and more “legit” than the current run the League-leading Red Wings are riding.

If that logic bothers the Wings, however, it’s near-impossible to tell – not because they’re so focused on joining the NHL’s history book yet again, but because they seem so nonchalant about the whole ordeal.

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SYF's avatar

I think the technicality must be differentiated between an unbeaten streak vs. a winning streak.

But yeah, I absolutely LOVE the Wings attitude about it:  nonchalant.  Wings have the Cup to win not a regular season record.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/12/12 at 04:19 AM ET

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Well, it is a winning streak but it would be simply an unbeaten streak under the old rules.

The Wings are playing great hockey but they’ve definitely had some luck with the shootouts this year, which is something that has worked against them in the past.

I would expect results in shootouts to normalize over time, almost like HR/FB% in baseball. So the Wings should just enjoy it while it lasts and hopefully they can parlay it into a #1 overall seed.

Posted by Eric H. on 02/12/12 at 11:20 AM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

competition-level anyone? In my opinion all those records pre 1990, are kind of not compareable. how many good players were there in the 30ies, 40ies, 70ies? 10? 20? today? 300? 400? how many elite teams back then now and?  This record is pretty impressive if you ask me. Post-Lockout, CAP World. no other team did it….

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 02/12/12 at 11:33 AM ET

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It’s extremely impressive. During this 19-game streak, they’ve outscored opponents 80-27 (+53!!) including four shutouts.

However, they do have three shootout wins during the streak, so under the old rules, it would be 16-0-3 and merely an unbeaten streak.

Posted by Eric H. on 02/12/12 at 11:40 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Let them put an asterisk on it. Let them put it on the 19 games right now.

The 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers played 10 road games outside of their own time zone (Including one Western trip to play against the Canucks (x2), Golden Seals, & Kings.)

The Red Wings have played 20 road games outside of their own time zone during their 19-game streak, including THREE separate trips out west.

Or, these idiots could realize that something that’s done so rarely IS the feat and unless home win streaks regularly start approaching the mid-teens, there’s no need to piss and whine about how it’s easier to do it now when that doesn’t seem to actually be the case.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/12/12 at 11:43 AM ET

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The NHL has changed the game so significantly that all achievements would be asterisked. 50 goals in a season? But there’s no red line anymore and the defense can’t clutch/grab. Goaltender shutouts? The goalie can’t play the puck outside the trapezoid. Consecutive games? The season is 82 games now, not 60. Remember at one point, forward passing in the offensive zone was not allowed.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/12/12 at 01:46 PM ET

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Put an asterisk beside it.  Fine.
Or just leave it out of the record book altogether, for all I care.

The Red Wings have picked up 38 of a possible 38 points in their last 19 home games and 45 of a possible 50 altogether at home this season.  THAT is all I care about right now.

Posted by Garth on 02/12/12 at 05:58 PM ET

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