The Chicago Blackhawks' 24-game unbeaten-in-regulation streak was exemplary.
While it is difficult to imagine that another team could put together a similar streak in the second half of the season—especially considering the level of parity in today’s NHL—I believe there are three teams that could.
Granted, the chances of this happening are very slim, but the Boston Bruins, Anaheim Ducks and Pittsburgh Penguins have the best chance of matching this incredible feat in the final part of the season.
The Boston Bruins boast one of the most complete rosters in the NHL.
They have three lines that are a threat to score, along with a supporting cast that is both tough and testy. The Bruins defensive corps is one of the best in the NHL. Along with the excellent play from Tuukka Rask in net, the team does not give up many quality scoring chances or goals against.
Given the Bruins' depth—and ability to wear down opponents on most nights—they just might go on an unbeaten streak in March and April that rivals the Blackhawks' recent streak.
The Anaheim Ducks have quietly fashioned an excellent record over their first 25 games.
They have only three losses in regulation this season.
Led by Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, the Ducks have dominated most teams they have faced. Veterans Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu have also contributed with timely goals.
The Ducks’ offense has been lethal, while their team defensive play—featuring goaltenders Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth—has been very stingy in giving up goals.
Bruce Boudreau has the Ducks playing extremely well. It is not inconceivable that they could go on an extended unbeaten-in-regulation streak over the coming weeks.
The Pittsburgh Penguins boast one of the top duos in today’s NHL. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have been virtually unstoppable.
Crosby is running away with the scoring title and when Malkin is healthy, he has been brilliant. Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang and James Neal have provided excellent offensive support to these two superstars.
The Penguins can outscore every team in the league and this gives them a chance to win every night.
Despite the inconsistencies of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, the high-flying Penguins have the best chance of matching the Blackhawks’ unbeaten-in-regulation streak this season.