With 11 games of the season behind them, the Chicago Blackhawks boast the league’s best record at 9-0-2 and with 20 points they have a four point lead on their closest competitor. They are off to a terrific start, and they are closing in on putting their names in the record books.
Two teams in NHL history have gotten off to 12-0 starts (2006-07 Anaheim Ducks & 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers), and the Blackhawks have a legitimate shot at not only reaching that mark, shooting past it, thereby shattering the record.
The reason for such confidence in their ability to rewrite history is simple; Chicago is one game away from a seven game home stand, and as dominant as the Blackhawks have been on the road, it is scary to think of what they could be able to do in front of their home crowd.
Nine of Chicago’s first eleven games have been on the road and seven of those have been victories on their opponent’s ice. It is hard to believe that they have played all but two games away from home and yet have not lost a single game in regulation. This just makes the thought of them on their home ice extremely scary.
The Blackhawks have outscored their opponents 35-22 on the road this season and with seven of the next eight games to be held at the United Center, it would seem like the sky is the limit for this extremely talented bunch. Such was the case for those other two teams with the record setting starts; both of them finished the season by winning the Stanley Cup.