The sports world is filled with numbers. They measure the success and failure of both teams and athletes. Some of those numbers can be measured across generations while others reflect the times and the quality of the play of that era.
The NHL, like the other major sports, is chock full of hallowed numbers that are used to measure greatness. In the early 1980's a frail 20-year-old rewrote almost every offensive record in the book and set the bar. It is likely that the bulk of Wayne Gretzky's scoring feats will remain forever.
The evolution of the sport helped Gretzky's numbers dwarf almost every other great scorer of their generation. Conversely, as scoring numbers began to rise, the standards set for defense and goaltending seemed to become nearly impossible to match.
Team accomplishments can also be addressed considering that the NHL consisted of only six teams for 25 years before expansion watered down the talent pool and added more parity to the league. The accomplishments of the Montreal Canadiens certainly can't be diminished, but it will be a long time before any team approaches their championship total.
I'm a firm believer that some statistics, actually most are useless when it comes to the enjoyment of the game. I love to enjoy sports for the ongoing competition rather than what has occurred in the past. Just because Steven Stamkos scores on every Tuesday night game with a full moon, doesn't mean I expect him to do the same next week.
That said, there are some incredible streaks and numbers in the NHL that are worth noting. Stamkos' full moon, Tuesday streak is not among them. I promise. Enjoy now!