Since the NHL expanded to 12 teams in 1967-68, thirty-one franchises have played 908 total seasons. If you had to guess, what percentage of those seasons do you think included a 10-game stretch like the Leafs just had, with only one win in regulation? Would you believe 541, or 60%? And how many teams had a 13-game stretch, like the Colorado Avalanche, where they only lost one game or less in regulation? Still a very high 32%. And the number of seasons in which a team did both?! 10.5%.
That seems amazing to me – 1 out of every 10 teams has a stretch that’s as bad as the Leafs just had and as good as the Avs just had – in the same season! Even more amazing – six of the last sixteen Stanley Cup winners had both stretches during their championship season.