Detroit Red Wings Home Win Streak Not Better Than 1975-1976 Philadelphia Flyers

Jason SapunkaCorrespondent IIFebruary 15, 2012

DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 14: Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings salutes fans as the first star of the game after the Red Wings NHL record breaking 21st consecutive home victory defeating the Dallas Stars 3-1 at Joe Louis Arena on February 14, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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On Tuesday night the Detroit Red Wings managed to break* an NHL record.

The team is on a 21-game home winning streak, bettering the 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers' streak of 20 games.

Though Detroit has technically won more games, their work is not nearly as impressive as what the Broad Street Bullies were capable of.

The Flyers streak started on January 4 1976; the team had already won 16 of 20 home games, with two losses and two ties.

The 20-game streak only ended because the regular season ended. The Flyers actually went on to win their first four home playoff games after. So, including regular season and postseason, the team had a win streak totaling 24 games.

Furthermore, the team had been on an eight-game home winning streak before losing one game to Boston on December 28, their last home loss of the regular season. From November 16, 1975 to April 27, 1976 the Flyers lost just once at home.

Once out of 33 games.

The Red Wings have already lost three home games this season—three out of 27. The Flyers lost five total home games the entire season, including the playoffs.

The Flyers rarely squeaked out wins at home; in the 20 game streak, just three wins were one-goal games. Twelve of the wins were by margins of three goals or more.

The team's average margin of victory during the streak was 3.65 goals.

Detroit's performances at home are hardly as dominant. Six of the wins were one-goal games. Their average margin of victory during the streak is 2.48 goals.

Finally, the most important reason; Detroit has the modern-day benefit of overtime and the shootout. In 1976, games could have ended in ties. There was no overtime.

The Flyers won all those game before the third period ended.

Four of the Red Wings' wins in their streak have come from the overtime or shootout. These games would have been ties in the Flyers' days. The first shootout game was the 13th win of the streak.

Detroit would have been done at 12 by 1975-76 NHL rules.


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