Mar 8, 2013, 8:54 PM EDT
The 2013 Chicago Blackhawks are gaining ground on the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers.
The Blackhawks have gone 24 games without a regulation loss to begin the regular season, and dating back to last March, have gone 30 games without a regulation loss. The Blackhawks are now five back of the record – held by the aforementioned Flyers – as they visit the Colorado Avalanche tonight.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, who played for Philadelphia in those record-setting days, can’t help but be amazed at what the Blackhawks are doing.
“It’s probably a more difficult task now because of the parity in the League,” Holmgren told NHL.com.
“There were teams [in 1979-80] that weren’t great. The parity in the League today makes it very difficult to do what they’re doing and makes it more incredible than anything.
“It’s a different era. I think what they’ve done … it’s a more difficult thing to do today.”
Even more difficult, perhaps, given the injury situation in Chicago.
Marian Hossa, who was a late scratch in Wednesday’s game against Colorado, will be back in the lineup tonight, amid speculation he was held out of the game with a concussion.
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