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Anaheim Ducks in Historical Perspective

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If you’ve been to Honda Center recently, and chances are you have – it’s been standing-room only during home games lately – you know it’s been nothing but excitement watching the 2013-14 Anaheim Ducks play. As much as I’d love for the team to win out the rest of the season, I can dig deep to find an ounce of reason that says they will eventually lose. But, while they are winning, let’s look how the current run stacks up against history.

With last night’s (Jan. 13) win, the league-leading Ducks become the fifth team in NHL history to win 17+ games in an 18-game span (17-1-0). Anaheim is 9-0-0 at Honda Center and 8-1-0 on the road during the stretch, including a league-high seven-game winning streak overall.

TEAMS TO WIN 17+ GAMES IN 18-GAME STRETCH, NHL HISTORY*

Year Team GP Wins
2013-14 Anaheim Ducks #

18

17

2009-10 Washington Capitals #

18

17

1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins ^

18

17

1981-82 New York Islanders

18

17

1967-68 Montreal Canadiens

18

17

* Stats Inc.

# Coached by Bruce Boudreau

^ NHL Record 17-game winning streak

The Ducks are the fifth team in 40 NHL seasons (since 1973-74) to record points in each of their first 21+ home games of a season (19-0-2). The Ducks’ 21-game streak is also their longest home standings point streak in club history at any point during a season (previous best was 14 games).

 LONGEST HOME POINT STREAKS TO START NHL SEASON – SINCE 1973-74

Team Year GP Record
Philadelphia Flyers 1979-80 26* 19-0-7
New York Islanders 1978-79 23 19-0-4
San Jose Sharks 2008-09 22 20-0-2
Anaheim Ducks 2013-14 21 19-0-2
Boston Bruins 1973-74 21 19-0-2

* NHL Record (Elias Sports Bureau)

This marks Anaheim’s third winning streak of at least seven games this year (9, Dec. 7-28; 7, Oct. 5-20). The last team to record three separate winning streaks of seven games-or-more in a single season was the Detroit Red Wings during the 2007-08 season (9, Oct. 18-Nov. 9, 2007; 8, Jan. 17-Feb. 5, 2008; 7, Nov. 27-Dec. 10, 2007)

This is also Anaheim’s ninth consecutive win at Honda Center. This is the second time the Ducks have had a HOME winning streak of eight-or-more games this year (the other was an eight-game streak from Oct. 10-Nov. 10). The last team to record two separate such streaks was the Calgary Flames in 2006-07 (10, Nov. 7-Dec. 12, 2006 and 8, Jan. 4-Feb. 3, 2007).

The Ducks improved to 35-8-5 (75 points) overall. The 35-8-5 record for 75 points is Anaheim’s best ever start to a season through 48 games, besting the previous mark of 30-10-8 for 68 points in 2006-07.

Jonas Hiller extended his club-record and career-high winning streak to 14, which ties the second-longest in NHL history in a single season. The last NHL goaltender to win 14 consecutive decisions in a single season was Pittsburgh’s Tom Barrasso, who won 14 straight from Mar. 9-Apr. 9, 1993.

CONSECUTIVE WINNING DECISIONS, SINGLE-SEASON ALL-TIME*

Goalie Team Wins Start End
Gilbert, Gilles Boston 17 12/26/1975 2/29/1976
Hiller, Jonas Anaheim 14 12/6/2013 Current
Beaupre, Don Minnesota 14 2/6/1986 3/19/1986
Brooks, Ross Boston 14 10/31/1973 2/28/1974
Thompson, Tiny Boston 14 12/3/1929 1/9/1930
Barrasso, Tom Pittsburgh 14 3/9/1993 4/9/1993

*Elias Sports Bureau

 

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