No other team in NHL history has ever accomplished what the 2011-12 Detroit Red Wings did last night.
Win 21 straight games at home.
In front of a home crowd that has seen its team lose just three times at the Joe–twice in regulation and once in overtime–the Wings have been nearly flawless.
I’ll admit it–I was the crazy Wing nut caught screaming like her team had just won the Stanley Cup. In all of the things the Wings have accomplished in the time I’ve been a fan since the 1996-97 season, this was something entirely different.
I feel incredibly confident that the Wings have what it takes to win the Stanley Cup this season–with Jimmy Howard returning from a fractured right index finger this Sunday and the Wings playing nearly perfect hockey in Hockeytown.
But also, the 1929-30 Boston Bruins and 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers, who previously held the record with 20 straight wins, went on to the Stanley Cup Finals those years.
They lost, yes, but the Wings have already broken the home-winning streak. I see no reason why they can’t break that one, too.