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‘Hawks aim to match NHL record Tuesday vs. Vancouver

Feb 18, 2013, 8:39 PM EDT


One more win, and the ‘Hawks make history.

That’ll be the story on Tuesday in Chicago, as the Blackhawks take on the Canucks with a special mark in their sights — 16 games to start a season without a regulation loss.

Chicago is 12-0-3 thus far and one of just three teams in NHL history to start the season by getting points in each of the first 15 games of the year.

One was the 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers, who had their streak stop at 15 — the other was the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks, who ran their streak to 16 before finally suffering a regulation loss.

The ‘Hawks can match the Ducks’ mark tomorrow evening, but apparently aren’t focusing on it.

“What’s important to us is getting home-ice advantage, making the playoffs,” Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said (as per the Associated Press). “Those are our goals. Once you get there, the real season starts.

“When you get to that point, no one really cares or remembers those streaks at the start of the season.”

That said, Toews might want to take a closer look at the 2006-07 season.

Anaheim’s red-hot start paved the way for a dominant campaign. The team won its first-ever Pacific Division crown on the strength of a 48-20-14 season (110 points, the most in franchise history), then blew through the playoffs, going 16-5 en route to its first Stanley Cup championship.

Toews also might want to look at the ’84-85 Oilers. After starting the year 12-0-3, they went on to win the Stanley Cup with a 4-1 series win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

  1. canucks30 - Feb 18, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    • bigtganks - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      How Burrows Game 7 OT clincher in 2011 doesn’t even make the top 10 is beyond me…

  2. elvispocomo - Feb 18, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    But, but the regular season means nothing!…

    Good on them for their streak, but one of their losses was from the Canucks and it’ll be a challenge at least to beat the Canucks this time as well. Nothing’s easy in Bettman’s NHL.

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 19, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      Regular season means very little. It’s nice to have the headstart, but Hawk fans have what happened against the North Stars to remind them that the President’s Trophy doesn’t mean anything if you faceplant in the playoffs.

      • elvispocomo - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        Agreed. My comment was mostly tongue in cheek about how people dig on the Canucks for being President’s Trophy winners. It’s still a worthwhile thing to be very good (if not the best) in the regular season, but it all comes down to playoff success.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Feb 19, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      Every single team that has started with a streak similar to theirs went on to win the cup that year. At least I believe that’s what NBC said on Sunday when they showed the top-5 starts to the season list. One of them was Anaheim (2007), I think two of them were Edmonton (Gretzky Era), one of them was the Blackhawks (this year), and I think the other was maybe the Penguins or Detroit back in the early 90’s? I can’t remember the 4th team exactly. But if that’s true then at this point I think it is extremely relevant to playoff expectations. If they beat that record, history says they are the SIGNIFICANT favorites to win the cup solely based on what the other teams in their position did in years past. If they get bounced in the first or second round of the playoffs it’ll be a huge letdown. I think with this start, the expectations have immediately become a Cup or bust year for them.

      • elvispocomo - Feb 19, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        Good to know if something happens a few times it absolutely means it will happen again every time after.

        Like when Minnesota and Edmonton got off to those great starts last season, look how it turned out for them. Or I already mentioned how Montreal and Calgary both had won the cup the year after hosting the Olympics, so it was great the Canucks could rely on that to seal the deal in their cup win as well.

  3. jpat2424 - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Why would it

  4. bensawesomeness - Feb 18, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Just couldn’t live with yourselves after the Wings had that home-wins record last season, huh Hawks?

    Hope it’s a good game

  5. loinstache - Feb 18, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Their first match up was bizarely tame. Having Kesler and Booth back in the line-up should inject some passion and the Canucks openly admit to getting excited for games against opponents on a streak

  6. chasestern - Feb 19, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Both of the other teams in history that have done this (84/85 Oilers & 06/07 Ducks) won the Cup in that year.

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 19, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      That’s a cool stat to be enjoyed the next summer–if you win it all.

      Otherwise, you’re “that team that didn’t.”

      • elvispocomo - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        Yup, the Canucks have been there too, with the history of an NHL city hosting the Olympics and then winning the cup the following year (Montreal and Calgary had done it previously). Vancouver was one win away, but it didn’t happen – law of averages tends to frown on streaks.

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