The Chicago Blackhawks are one of the best teams in professional sports right now and they’re far and away the best team in hockey at the moment. Chicago’s win against the San Jose Sharks on Friday not only improved them to 14-0-3 on the season but it set a new NHL record for season-opening points.
Previously, the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks held the record for most consecutive points to begin a season. For the record, that team started out 12-0-4 and went on to win the Stanley Cup, so keep that in mind when watching this Blackhawks team while they’re on their run.
Despite going to over time three times, the Blackhawks have yet to lose in regulation, a streak that is starting to make itself known in more than just the NHL. The Houston Rockets started 15-0 in 1993-94, both the 1982 Atlanta Braves and 1988 Milwaukee Brewers started 13-0 and the Miami Dolphins finished their 1972 season without losing a game.
The Blackhawks will eventually lose but the question is when, and to be honest we have absolutely no idea. Chicago is white hot at the moment and they seem to be unable to lose in regulation. If they continue to play the way they’re playing, the Blackhawks are a serious threat to make another run at a Stanley Cup or at the very least make another trip to the Western Conference Finals.
For the record, the Blackhawks win on Friday was their 17th straight win which ties the current record held by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins for the longest NHL winning streak. Chicago can claim yet another record this season when they play the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday.