Posted by Darin Hayes on February 1, 2024
The crowd’s roar echoing off the ice after the final buzzer and the electrifying tension of a team on fire – few hockey stories capture the imagination like a prolonged winning streak. From audacious multi-game tears to the grit and determination of the win-stacking rampages, these streaks of Pro Hockey victory etch themselves into the annals of NHL history. But which teams have pushed the limits of dominance, rewriting the record books and engraving their names as the kings of consistency? Buckle up, hockey fans, because we’re diving into the white-knuckled tales of the teams who conquered the ice, one sizzling win at a time. In this post, we will uncover the teams who dared to rewrite the definition of “streak” and etched their names in the frozen pantheon of NHL legends as we search for the NHL record for most consecutive wins.
Multiple teams and franchises have reached double digits of consecutive League Regular season wins, which we present here.
13 Straight and Looked Great
Thirteen might not be the NHL win streak record, but few franchises have reached this milestone. Here are the handful that found the number 13 to be “lucky” and good.
1970-71 Boston Bruins Roster and Statistics
Coach: Tom Johnson (57-14-7)
Primary Arena: Boston Garden
The long winning streak of the 1970-71 Bruins was a thrilling display of dominance during a season already etched in hockey history. This streak, occurring between February 23 and March 20, 1971, showcased the offensive juggernaut that Boston had become and fueled their march towards a record-breaking season. The Bruins averaged an impressive 5.2 goals per game during the streak, led by Phil Esposito’s goal-scoring and Bobby Orr’s impressive assists.
Despite their focus on offense, the Bruins remained disciplined, allowing only 2.08 goals per game during the streak. Their starting goaltender, Eddie Johnston, posted a stellar save percentage during this period.
2000-01 New Jersey Devils Roster and Statistics
Coach: Larry Robinson (48-19-12-3)
Captain: Scott Stevens
Primary Arena: Continental Airlines Arena
Lost Stanley Cup Final (4-3) to Colorado Avalanche
Won Conference Finals (4-1) over Pittsburgh Penguins
Won Conference Semi-Finals (4-3) over Toronto Maple Leafs
Won Conference Quarter-Finals (4-2) over Carolina Hurricanes
Preseason Odds: Stanley Cup +600
Ah, the Devils’ fiery run of 2001! It was a blaze of scoring prowess, defensive dominance, and the undeniable magic of Martin Brodeur between the pipes. This master of the crease shut the door on opposing offenses and single-handedly stole several games, proving himself to be one of the league’s best goalies.
It all began on February 26, 2001, against the Ottawa Senators. A whirlwind of victories followed, each igniting New Jersey fans’ hopes. The Devils weren’t just winning; they were scoring in bunches. Patrik Elias, Alexander Mogilny, and Petr Sykora each lit the lamps consistently to lead the charge, contributing to one of the league’s most potent offenses.
1985-86 Philadelphia Flyers Roster and Statistics
Coach: Mike Keenan (53-23-4)
Captain: Dave Poulin
Primary Arena: The Spectrum
Preseason Odds: Stanley Cup +200
How about the 1985-86 Philadelphia squad and their electrifying 13-game win streak – a time etched in Flyer’s hockey lore! The string of W’s started on October 19, 1985, with a home victory against the Minnesota North Stars. This initial win ignited a fiery run that saw the Flyers dismantle opponents with offensive finesse and defensive grit. This win streak wasn’t a one-man show. The dynamic duo of Tim Kerr and Rick Tocchet tore through defenses while goalie Pelle Lindbergh stood tall between the pipes. Ten games into these victories, on November 17, soon after a nail-biting overtime victory against the New York Islanders, goaltender Lindbergh tragically died in a car accident. This devastating loss cast a shadow over the team, but their spirit remained unbroken as they hammered out three more in honor of their fallen teammate.
2021-22 Florida Panthers Roster and Statistics
Captain: Aleksander Barkov
Primary Arena: FLA Live Arena
Preseason Odds: Stanley Cup +2000; O/U: 101.5
The Sunshine State Cats had a wild ride that propelled them into the NHL spotlight and had fans cheering in the stands. March 29 started the party that included seven shutouts during the streak (most in league history during a winning streak) and five victories in an extra session. This occurred after Joel Quenneville’s early season resignation and Andrew Brunette’s promotion to bench boss. Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau led the charge on offense, while Sergei Bobrovsky was a wall in front of the net.
2022-23 New Jersey Devils Roster and Statistics
Coach: Lindy Ruff (52-22-8)
Captain: Nico Hischier
Primary Arena: Prudential Center
Preseason Odds: Stanley Cup +6600; O/U: 89.5
The Devils had an equally dominating stretch in the 2022-23 season. Rising skating stars Nico Hischier, Jesper Bratt, and Jack Hughes showed their skills. During the streak, Hischier tallied 16 points, Bratt posted 15, and Hughes sizzled with 18 in the 13-game run.
Fourteen and Still Mean
Reaching fourteen wins in consecutive NHL contests is a BIG deal! Creating one of the longest win streaks in NHL history takes talent, skill, teamwork, and a little luck.
1929-30 Boston Bruins Roster and Statistics
Coach: Art Ross (38-5-1)
Captain: Lionel Hitchman
Primary Arena: Boston Garden
The Bruins reached fourteen straight regular-season victories twice in franchise history. The first occurred during the early 1929-30 season.
It sprouted on November 30, 1929, with a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, and spanned eight weeks, concluding on January 9, 1930, with a 4-3 win against the same Pittsburgh team.
2009-10 Washington Capitals Roster and Statistics
Coach: Bruce Boudreau (54-15-13)
Primary Arena: Verizon Center
Preseason Odds: Stanley Cup +1200
The 14-game win streak of the 2009-10 Washington Capitals was a stretch of pure dominance, a display of offensive firepower and defensive lockdown. The streak included nine in regulation, four in overtime, and even a shootout win.
Some incredible highlight reel moments transpired during the run, like Alexander Ovechkin’s game-winning overtime goal against the Montreal Canadiens and Nicklas Backstrom’s four-goal outburst against the Florida Panthers.
2020-21 Florida Panthers Roster and Statistics
Coach: Joel Quenneville (37-14-5)
Captain: Aleksander Barkov
Primary Arena: BB&T Center
Preseason Odds: Stanley Cup +4000; O/U: 59.5
Technically, the Panthers accomplished the feat of fourteen regular-season victories, hitting the plateau by stringing together six wins at the end of the 2020–21 season, coupled with eight more at the start of the 2021–22 NHL year. In the middle of the run was a first-round playoff series defeat at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning, two games to four.
15 Wins in a Row
Streaks like these place the word “legendary” in front of them. Special teams with memorable and talented people make this list.
2006-07 Buffalo Sabres Roster and Statistics
Coach: Lindy Ruff (53-22-7)
Primary Arena: HSBC Arena
Preseason Odds: Stanley Cup +1200
The Sabres added five 2005–06 regularly scheduled season-ending W’s along with the fast start of ten victories to initiate the 2006–07 campaign to hit the lofty number fifteen in their streak. The 2005-06 season was the first 100–point season in 23 years for Buffalo as team leaders Daniel Briere, Ryan Miller, Maxim Afinogenov, and Chris Drury helped the franchise achieve the feat.
2012-13 Pittsburgh Penguins Roster and Statistics
Coach: Dan Bylsma (36-12-0)
Captain: Sidney Crosby
Primary Arena: CONSOL Energy Center
Preseason Odds: Stanley Cup +700; O/U: 61.5
In 2013, the Pittsburgh Penguins unleashed an unstoppable force. Fueled by Sidney Crosby’s brilliance and Evgeni Malkin’s power, they ripped through 15 straight games, a dazzling mix of comebacks, overtime thrillers, and shutouts. The Penguins devoured opponents, from Montreal’s wild 7-6 opener to a dominant sweep of Boston’s vaunted defense. Though stopped just shy of the record, their 15-game waltz stands as a testament to their dominance and a legend whispered through the halls of hockey history.
1981-82 New York Islanders Roster and Statistics
Coach: Al Arbour (54-16-10)
Captain: Denis Potvin
Primary Arena: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
1981-82 Stanley Cup Champions
Won Stanley Cup Final (4-0) over Vancouver Canucks
Won Conference Finals (4-0) over Quebec Nordiques
Won Division Finals (4-2) over New York Rangers
Won Division Semi-Finals (3-2) over Pittsburgh Penguins
The 1981-82 Islanders unleashed a hockey blizzard, burying opponents under a 15-game avalanche from January to February. Fueled by Bryan Trottier’s magic touch and Billy Smith’s brick-wall goaltending, they outscored everyone in their path, rewriting the record books.
Above the Blue Line Wins
There are a couple of teams so far that went beyond the fifteen game win streak.
2016-17 Columbus Blue Jackets Roster and Statistics
Coach: John Tortorella (50-24-8)
Captain: Nick Foligno
Primary Arena: Nationwide Arena
Preseason Odds: Stanley Cup +6600; O/U: 84.5
In the frigid winter of 2017, the Columbus Blue Jackets defied expectations with a scorching 16-game win streak, rewriting franchise history and captivating the hockey world. Fueled by clutch offense and stingy defense, they climbed the ranks, silencing doubters and igniting fan frenzy. Though they fell one game short of matching the NHL record, their fiery run remains a testament to their grit and forever burns bright in Jackets lore. It was a genuine team effort, as Cam Atkinson was the only Jacket to score more than 30 goals that season.
1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins Roster and Statistics
Coach: Scotty Bowman (56-21-7)
Captain: Mario Lemieux
Primary Arena: Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Preseason Odds: Stanley Cup +400
In the spring of ’93, the Pittsburgh Penguins unleashed a firestorm on the ice. Mario Lemieux, healthy and hungry, led the charge as they ripped through 17 straight wins, a franchise record, and the NHL’s gold standard. Opponents withered under the Pens’ offensive onslaught from Boston to Vancouver, culminating in a record-setting 96 goals while silencing doubters and propelling them toward another Stanley Cup run.
Other Long Streaks
Speaking of the Penguins, the Pittsburgh Club holds an NHL-record total of 14 straight playoff game wins. That streak started in the 1992 post-season and concluded in the 1993 playoffs.
A record for ties included in win streaks brings us the longest in the NHL’s over one-hundred-year history! The 1979–80 Philadelphia Flyers hold an unbeaten streak of 35 straight games.
As you can see, hockey doesn’t get much better than these ice squads reeling off win after win.
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ 17-game streak is at the top of the list right now.
The Red Wings had a 23-game home winning streak in 2011 through early 2012
Early in Wayne Gretzky’s career, he had a 51-point streak with Edmonton.
Two teams have had 18-game losing streaks; The Penguins in 2003-04 and the Sabres in 2020-21