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How this epic Devils winning streak stacks up all-time

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This heater may not be unprecedented, but it is fast approaching this territory.

After defeating the Oilers on Monday, the New Jersey Devils extended their winning streak to 13 games, becoming the fifth-longest in NHL history and just four games behind the record.

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A winning streak of at least 13 wins has only been achieved 10 times, with the last time the Panthers reached that mark just last season before rival Lightning put an end to it. The Devils also achieved 13 consecutive wins in 2000/01 before being eliminated in the Cup final after winning it all year before.

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Another double from the depleted Maple Leafs on Wednesday night would have tied the Devils for fourth all-time and within striking distance of the Penguins’ 1992-93 record of 17 consecutive wins. As New Jersey gets closer to the top spot, let’s take a look at where this series stands in history and how the teams the Devils are chasing on the all-time list ultimately finished.

The Devils currently have the fifth longest winning streak in National Hockey League history (via
The Devils currently have the fifth longest winning streak in National Hockey League history (via

Pittsburgh Penguins, 1992-93 (17 games)

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The two consecutive champion Penguins entered the season with three wins and looked like a juggernaut heading into the 1993 playoffs after going 18 consecutive games unbeaten, including a 17-win streak midway through the season. run.

However, that season-end burner may have emptied all of Pittsburgh’s remaining gasoline as the two-time champions, which included Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Ron Francis, Larry Murphy and others, were shockingly upset by the New York game. Islanders in the second round that spring.

Columbus Blue Jackets, 2016-17 (16 games)

The second longest winning streak in NHL history belongs to… uh, the Columbus Blue Jackets? We’ll forgive you for not remembering the Jackets’ 16-game dominance a few seasons ago because, frankly, it’s pretty hard to remember anything about this team.

Coached by John Tortorella and backed by that year’s Vezina winner Sergei Bobrovsky, this version of the Blue Jackets essentially used a tight defense and hot goalkeeping to a mid-season frenzy before losing to the Penguins in the first round of everything. for five games. .

New York Islanders, 1981-82 (15 games)

The 1981-82 Islanders were the best of those early 80s dynasties and one of the greatest teams ever to come together, dominating from start to finish with 54 regular season wins and 118 points in 80 games for the best campaign in stories. franchise history.

After exhausting everyone and posting a 15-game winning streak midway through the season, the Isles won their third of four straight Stanley Cups that spring.

Pittsburgh Penguins, 2012-13 (15 games)

In March 2013, the Pence finished in the top five for the second time in a 14-game streak. Pittsburgh, led by the best Crosby, Malkin, Letang and Fleury, led their competition all year and finished in the East in the regular season. wins and points in a campaign shortened due to the lockout.

Like most of the teams on this list, the Penguins failed to become champions that season – they were swept by the Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Boston Bruins, 1929-30 (14 games)

I mean, who could forget this legendary team that included Cooney Weiland, Dit Clapper and Dutch Gaynor up front, Eddie Shore and Lionel Hitchman on the blue line and Tiny Thompson between the pipes.

Unfortunately, there was no championship for this upstart team either, as the Bruins ended up losing to the Canadiens in the Cup Final.

Washington Capitals, 2009-10 (14 games)

Alex Ovechkin and Nick Backstrom have been in top form throughout this season with the Capitals, who, along with their two-star blue line forward Mike Green, have an incredible 54 wins and 121 points in the regular season, easily capturing the President’s Trophy. as the NHL’s best regular season roster.

However, this could have been another case of mid-season burnout as they suffered perhaps the most disappointing playoff loss (among many) to the eighth-seeded Canadiens in the first round.

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