Some Clever Title Involving the Number 21

Last night, the Red Wings set an NHL record with 21 straight home wins.  The record had previously been held jointly by the 1929-30 Bruins and the 1975-76 Flyers.  There has been a lot of chatter on the internets about how the Wings’ record does not mean as much because the two other teams that made it to 20 straight wins did it without overtime or shootouts.  That’s bogus . . . 21 straight wins at home is 21 straight wins at home, however you cut it.  The record wasn’t “number of wins at home in a row without overtime or a shootout.”  It’s just “number of wins at home in a row.”  There are also compelling arguments for why the Red Wings’ winning streak is equally as or more impressive than the ones rattled off by the Flyers and Bruins, such as the fact that the salary cap-era NHL features significantly more parity and the fact that the Red Wings continued this streak amidst several trips to and from the west coast.  In the end, the Wings should be happy about this accomplishment, but not too happy because I still expect to be flying back to Detroit for a parade in June.

1 thought on “Some Clever Title Involving the Number 21

  1. Mitch Albom, hair and all, agrees:

    “The 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers had no overtime or shoot-outs, true, but they also didn’t face the same high level of competition as today’s teams. And the 1929-30 Boston Bruins never traveled farther than Chicago and only played 44 games the entire season; the Wings on Tuesday were already on Game 57, and three times during the streak they had to win a home game after a road game the day before.”

    http://www.freep.com/article/20120215/COL01/202150442/Mitch-Albom-21-Red-Wings-make-NHL-history-?odyssey=mod

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