ricthefirst wrote:Just a comment on the Wings winning streak, as remarkable as it is, I think that we should look at how many home games without loosing as opposed to winning home games, to give justice to the pre-overtime record.
34 home games without loosing in 76-77 for habs.
That would be the "unbeaten at home in regulation time" streak I was talking about.
The fact that the Red Wings have won all their overtime games only means that this new record cannot really be equated to any old record (for instance, you can't be sure the 76-77 Habs would have won all their overtime games if they had to play them).
The fact is, no record can be compared to any other record from another era. Take goals scored. You can say that that "scoring is scoring", and make an argument that based on goals scored, Gretzky is greater than Howe. But you have no idea how Gretzky would have held up in a rougher era, nor how greater strides in fitness, and a watered-down over all talent pool would have helped Gordie's game. Who was the better goalie, Terry Sawchuk, or Patrick Roy? Better defenseman, Bobby Orr, or Nick Lidstrom? There will always be debates, and the fact is, because you cannot compare these players head-to-head, there will never be a definitive way to say who's greater. But that is just part of what makes sports fun. In fact, arguments rage from annually over who the best players are in any given year.
The Wings have taken advantage of modern day rules, and set a record. Can we accurately compare them to previous eras? Not at all. But in this modern era, no one comes close, and that on it's own is impressive.