Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 26 games Sunday night. Though Wayne Gretzky’s streak of 51 is a ways away, we put Kane’s streak in perspective.
By William Chase
Another game, another point.
Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks continues to add to the record books of his already historical MVP campaign. Though it’s taken until almost the very end of games recently for Kane to light the lamp, or add a helper to extend the streak, Kane wasted little time in last night’s Hawks victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
For fun, when thinking of the historical streaks across sports history, it’s hard to forget the likes of Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak for the New York Yankees in 1941. Who knows if anyone will ever come close to breaking that record, and who could have thought anyone would be on the pace that Kane is?
While there’s an element of luck involved, you also have to be extremely good, and Kane has certainly been that. While NHL teams are scoring 2.66 goals per game, Kane is averaging 1.56 points per game.
When Wayne Gretzky set his point streak of 51, NHL teams were scoring four goals per game- the ninth highest scoring season in NHL history.
Kane already has the record among U.S.-born players, and his 26-game scoring streak is the league’s best since Mats Sundin‘s 30-game streak in 1992-93 with the Quebec Nordiques.
At 26 games, Kane still has quite a ways to go before reaching Gretzky’s streak of 51.
Still, it’s fun to think about.