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Friday, January 9, 2009

Gaining ground

Courtesy of Greg Innis, here are the franchises with the most victories in NHL history (through Jan. 8) ...

1. Montreal 3,004
2. Boston 2,699
3. Toronto 2,551
4. Detroit 2,549

As you can see, the Red Wings aren't far behind Toronto for third. With the way things have gone over the past decade for both franchises, once Detroit passes Toronto, the Wings could put some distance between the two teams.

The list looks as you'd guess except for Boston. Given the Bruins' less-than-stellar history, I'm surprised they're the No. 2 team.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The list is kind of meaningless seeing that Montreal and Toronto have played the most games. More interesting would be the percentage of games won versus games played.

January 9, 2009 at 8:41 PM 
Anonymous TStar said...

Actually Boston isn't all the suprising. They were a dominant team in the regular season back with Eddie Shore, but not so much in the playoffs. They also had a stretch of dominance with the Orr/Esposito tandem. Throw in the fact that they have the NHL record for most consective seasons making the playoffs and it makes alot of sense. Boston hasn't gotten many Cups, but they haven't really ever been an NHL bottom feeder like Detroit and Toronto were for long stretches of their history.

January 10, 2009 at 3:17 AM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

Gotcha TStar. Knew about the stretches of brilliance with Shore and my favorite player, Orr.
But Boston has been a bottom feeder. During the Original Six era, Boston was in the bottom half of the league, trailing Det/Tor/Mon. And during the pre-Orr stretch, the Bruins were really bad. The Bs were either last or second-last in the league for eight straight years (59-60 through 66-67). But the long playoff run does outweigh that.

January 10, 2009 at 12:17 PM 
Blogger Jeff said...

Does the total include playoff games?

January 10, 2009 at 11:41 PM 
Blogger Rob said...

Bruce,

Are you okay? Did you take a January vacation? It's been a while since you last posted.

January 23, 2009 at 7:09 AM 
Blogger Chris Moore said...

come back Bruce!

January 23, 2009 at 4:34 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bruce, where in the world are you?

January 26, 2009 at 12:24 AM 

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