We don’t talk much hockey around here, but man, when a team wins 23 straight home games — as the Detroit Red Wings did on Sunday with their 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks — then it becomes impossible to ignore.
The win set a new NHL record, breaking the previous mark of 22 straight held by the Boston Bruins in 1929-30, back when none of us were even alive.
In case you’re wondering: A $100 bettor that let his winnings ride on each Red Wings home game during the streak would be up $3,982,169.
Oddly enough, Detroit has only had three overtime games, including two shootouts, during the stretch. So it’s not like the Red Wings are sneaking by the competition. They have also outscored opponents 92-34, and 10 of 23 opponents have been held to one goal or less.
Only twice has an opponent scored more than two goals.
In the process, 11 of the last 13 games have gone under the total.
Detroit’s next home game is Thursday night against Vancouver. Earlier this week, if you wanted to place a wager on Detroit finishing the season without another home loss, Bovada.lv had the odds listed at 75-to-1.
They’ve since been taken down.
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Here is a breakdown of Detroit’s 23-game win streak