March 7th, 2013, 03:30 PM #1
NHL defines Chicago Blackhawks’ record chase as single-season; last season doesn’t co
The Chicago Blackhawks are chasing history.
How close they are to making it is a matter of interpretation.
The 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers hold the NHL record for most consecutive games without a regulation loss: 35 games, beginning on Oct. 14, 1979 and continuing until March 2, 1980.
The Blackhawks have opened this season with 24 straight games with at least a point, itself a record for the most successful start in NHL history. But if you take it back to last season, Chicago has actually gone 30 regular-season games without a regulation loss, spanning back to March 27, 2012.
So are they six games away from breaking the record, using the combined mark from 2011-12 and 2012-13? Or is the Flyers’ record only attainable in a single season?
According to the NHL Guide and Record Book, the only team records – winning, losing and undefeated streaks – that the League officially recognizes are the ones compiled within single season.
The League designates those streaks from the start of the season, like the Blackhawks’ current points streak that blew away that of the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers.
So if there’s any debate about how to tabulate the Blackhawks’ record, the NHL confirms this is how it sees things: If Chicago plays 36 games this season without a regulation loss, they own the record. But it has to be within a single season.
With that, we can all get back to debating whether the streak’s validity is threatened because of three ties, right ESPN?