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How does Detroit’s 20-game home winning streak measure up?


Now that Detroit has won 20 straight home games and tied the NHL record also held by the 1929-30 Boston Bruins and 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers, it’s worth asking: Is Detroit’s run just as impressive as the two that came before it?

It’s a purely academic question, but it is worth pointing out, as Brian Hedger did for the NHL.com, that the Boston Bruins 20-game home winning streak came at the end of their season and they won their first two home matchups in 1930-31. So if you want to get technical, the Bruins actually won 22 straight home games – but the NHL only counts streaks that span over a single season. Additionally, while Detroit and Boston had the benefit of overtime – and in Detroit’s case the shootout – the 75-76 Flyers were forced to win all 20 of their contests in regulation time.

So does that mean that the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins home winning streaks are more impressive? Maybe, but that doesn’t mean that what Detroit has accomplished is any less remarkable. Their record tying performance on Sunday is the latest high note of one of the most persistent dynasties in NHL history. Detroit hasn’t missed the playoffs since 1989-90 and despite some fierce competition, it looks like they will not only continue that trend, but they might do so in style by winning the Central Division for the 10th time in 11 seasons. That high seed would certainly be great for the Red Wings because – as we’ve all seen – they really know how to make the most of home ice advantage.

Habs claim Byron off waivers from Flames

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Montreal added some forward depth on Tuesday, acquiring diminutive forward Paul Byron off waivers from Calgary.

Byron, 26, is a veteran of nearly 150 career NHL games, most coming with the Flames. Despite fairly solid production over the last two years — 40 points in 104 games — he was exposed to waivers on Monday, along with fellow forward Mason Raymond.

(Calgary does have a logjam of players at forward, hence parting ways with Byron and Raymond.)

Byron can play both wing and center but, at 5-foot-7, 153 pounds, is one of the most undersized skaters in the league. Thankfully for him, Montreal has an affinity for undersized forwards, with the likes of Brendan Gallagher (5-foot-9, 184 pounds) and David Desharnais (5-foot-7, 174 pounds) already on the active roster.

Byron could also fill Zack Kassian‘s roster spot. Kassian is currently suspended without pay while undergoing Stage 2 of the NHL’s Substance Abuse program.

Isles claim goalie Berube off waivers

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The New York Islanders have claimed goalie Jean-Francois Berube off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings, the club announced today.

Berube won the Calder Cup last season with AHL Manchester, but the 24-year-old has yet to appear in an NHL game.

That the Isles claimed Berube could be evidence that Jaroslav Halak will not be ready to start the season after all.

If that’s the case, Berube would back up Thomas Greiss, with Stephon Williams expected to go to the AHL.

The Isles open their regular season Friday at home versus the Blackhawks, then play the next day in Chicago.