The 5 Detroit Red Wings Records That Will Be Most Difficult to Break

Isaac SmithAnalyst ISeptember 20, 2013

The 5 Detroit Red Wings Records That Will Be Most Difficult to Break

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    With an Original Six team like the Detroit Red Wings come both team and individual records that for all intents and purposes may never be broken.

    While records are made to be broken, some feats are simply too extraordinary to match.

    Here are five Detroit Red Wings records that will never be broken.

    Note: These records are either unattainable under current circumstances or too downright time-consuming to break.

1. Career Games Played with Detroit: Gordie Howe,1687

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    While Steve Yzerman played 23 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, Gordie Howe was able to two-up him by playing 25 seasons in a Red Wings uniform.

    Yzerman suited up for 1,514 regular-season games in his NHL career—all of which came with Detroit. Howe suited up for his first 1,687 regular-season games with the Red Wings before finishing his career elsewhere.

    Simply put, players do not play for 20-plus seasons anymore on a regular basis. A player would have to be virtually an iron man (not missing any games) for over 20 seasons to break Howe's record. 

2. Career Plus-Minus: Nicklas Lidstrom's Plus-450

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    Nicklas Lidstrom is 10th all-time in plus-minus, having had just one season where he was a "minus" player.

    The reason no Detroit Red Wings player is ever going to touch that mark is because no Red Wings player or prospect thinks the game like Lidstrom did while also possessing the skill to act on those thoughts.

    Lidstrom's ability to mentally remain three or four steps in front of opponents allowed him to make the right play when he needed to.

    The former Detroit captain also benefited from an extremely talented cast of forwards in front of him—Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov and Brendan Shanahan to name just a few. 

3. Consecutive Home Wins: 23

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    The NHL record of consecutive home wins fell in 2012 when the Red Wings rattled off 23 in a row.

    How unlikely is that in the modern-day NHL? Well, Chicago was able to go undefeated for 24 games to start 2012-13, but their home winning streak was nowhere close to Detroit's record.

    Expect this to stand for a long, long time.

Career Penalty Minutes: Bob Probert, 2,098

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    Bob Probert (rest in peace) put up 3,300 PIMs in the NHL over 16 seasons. A total of 2,098 of those minutes were with the Detroit Red Wings. Probert's 2,098 penalty minutes were put up in an even more astonishing fashion, however, as he played just nine seasons with the Red Wings.

    Considering no Red Wings player has surpassed 100 penalty minutes in a season since Aaron Downey in 2007-08, the record seems pretty safe. Red Wings coaches have called for players to play smart brands of hockey. Taking over 100 PIMs in a season on a regular basis wouldn't qualify for the "smart" way to play.

    Although Probert may not be alive anymore (having died in 2010), his penalty minutes record will live on. 

5. Current Longest Postseason Appearance Streak: 22 (and Counting)

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    Making the playoffs every year for 22 years is impressive, but will it ever happen again with the parity in the NHL and the turnover among playoff teams?

    After Detroit, the current longest streak is nine years for the San Jose Sharks. With the Red Wings in control of their playoff streak (chasing the all-time playoff streak of 29 by the Boston Bruins), the chase is on for the rest of the teams in the NHL.

    Will another team ever come close to 20 or more consecutive seasons of making the playoffs? The cards are on the table in places like Pittsburgh and Chicago, but everything has to go right to make the playoffs.

    Hockey fans may have seen the last of two-decade playoff streaks once Detroit's eventually ends.

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