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These NHL Records May Stand The Test Of Time

from John Kreiser of NHL.com, 

...there are some records that don’t figure to be broken for a long time, if ever. Here are a few of them.

Most consecutive complete games by a goaltender: Glenn Hall, 502

Hall took the ice for the Detroit Red Wings on opening night in 1955-56 and played all 70 games. He did the same thing the following season. The Wings sent him to Chicago in the summer of 1957, and he played all 70 games for the Hawks for five consecutive seasons, leading Chicago to a Stanley Cup in 1961.

Hall’s streak of playing every minute grew to 502 games. It showed no signs of ending until Nov. 7, 1962, when he had to be lifted in the first period against Boston due to a back injury. ...

Most consecutive top-five finishes in the scoring race: Gordie Howe, 20

To watch clips of Howe on the NHL Network today doesn’t do Mr. Hockey justice. From 1949-50, when he was a 21-year-old in a six-team League dominated by defense, through 1968-69, when he was a 40-year-old in an expanded 12-team League, Howe was one of the NHL’s top five scorers. Every year. It’s a record of consistency that no player in hockey—or any other sport—figures to match any time soon….

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I actually think the 5 goals by a D is attainable. It only requires a one-game outburst, and of course thousands of games are played each season.

Some of Gretzky’s records are, IMO, way more likely to go unbroken. Off the top of my head, fastest ever to 50 goals… was it 39 games? That’s absurd. Or how about more career assists than any other player has career points?

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 07/24/12 at 06:46 PM ET

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Some of Gretzky’s records are, IMO, way more likely to go unbroken. Off the top of my head, fastest ever to 50 goals… was it 39 games? That’s absurd. Or how about more career assists than any other player has career points?

I think you’re mostly correct, as always, but also just slightly too naive.  Gretzky’s records seem unbeatable in the current NHL but there was a time when it seemed like some players might could come close (specifically Mario, though a bit of a nod to Hull and Neely) to doing the things he was doing.  Then the game changed and the records now appear completely out of sight. 

One only has to look at baseball to see that impossible records can become possible with the slightest tweaking of a rule here and there.  The reason I call you too naive is that I think it’s well within the realm of possibility for the NHL to overreact to the lack of scoring, at some point, after years of ignoring it, and change rules dramatically enough that scoring rises to 80s level again, if they think it will sell tickets.  If the NHL were to go into a quasi-juiced ball era Gretzky’s records could be in danger but barring that they should stand up for a long, long time.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 07/24/12 at 09:22 PM ET

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502 !

Keep in mind Hall was maskelss for most of his career.  Hall practiced and warmed up against Bobby Hull and the curved stick of Stan Makita during his Chicago tenure.

This is not just a NHL record that likely will never be broken, it is one of sports;’ all time great records.

Posted by Cubanpuckstopper on 07/25/12 at 12:15 AM ET

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The scoring record are really dependent on rules and the style of play, so one game records are most likely, but the team records are some of the hardest.

19 straight playoff victories in a row won’t happen any time soon, take it one step further playing in 20 straight playoff series, twice the equivalent of the Habs record 5 straight Cups.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 07/25/12 at 05:13 PM ET

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I actually think the 5 goals by a D is attainable. It only requires a one-game outburst, and of course thousands of games are played each season.

Yeah, for that to happen would just require one freak night by a guy with a bomb at the point. Wouldn’t even need to be some great defenseman, or even a defenseman with an incredibly accurate shot. Just a guy with a bomb and Hell of a lot of luck.

Sort of like Sittler’s 12 points. He wasn’t the best guy ever, but of all the guys as good as him or better, he’s the one who, by randomness, just happened to have a night where everything went in.

Posted by larry from pitt on 07/25/12 at 06:47 PM ET

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