Streaking hasn’t been this in vogue since the ’70s.
This weekend saw the Chicago Blackhawks start the season with a 22nd straight game without a regulation loss and the Miami Heat win their 14th straight. And they aren’t the only ones who are red-hot right now. Louisiana Tech is the hottest team in college hoops after picking up its 18th win in a row by beating San Jose State on Saturday.
All of three of these teams will lose eventually. But whose streak will live the longest?
Last loss: March 25, 2012 at Nashville
Upcoming Schedule: Vs. Minnesota (Tuesday), Vs. Colorado (Wednesday), at Colorado (Friday), Vs. Edmonton (Sunday)
About the streak: The Hawks have already set the NHL record for most consecutive games with a point. Going back to last season, they’ve had 28 straight games with a point. The only record remaining is the all-time mark of the 1979-80 Flyers, who went 35 straight games without a regulation loss. (When the Flyers finally did lose, they made sure to do it big with a 7-1 loss at Minnesota).
And to think, Gary Bettman could have prevented all of this from happening.
Predicted end: The Hawks will build their season-starting streak to 24 games and overall streak to 30 before falling at Colorado on Friday. Winning back-to-back games against the same opponent is never an easy task, and that seems like the only way this train can be stopped right now.
Last loss: Feb. 1 at Indiana
Upcoming Schedule: At Minnesota (Tonight), Vs. Orlando (Wednesday), Vs. Philadelphia (Friday), Vs. Indiana (Sunday)
About the streak: LeBron James has put up ridiculous numbers and the Heat haven’t lost since getting drubbed by the Pacers. The next reachable goal for the Heat is the second-longest NBA winning streak of all-time — 22 games by the 2007-08 Rockets. But they still aren’t even halfway to the all-time mark of 33 held by the 1971-72 Lakers.
Predicted end: The Heat will win 21 straight before falling at Milwaukee on March 15. Don’t laugh. The Bucks took the Heat to overtime in Miami and blasted them by 19 at the Bradley Center earlier this season.
LOUISIANA TECH BULLDOGS
Last loss: Dec. 12 at McNeese State
Upcoming Schedule: At New Mexico State (Thursday), At Denver (Saturday)
About the streak: I can promise you no one in attendance at Louisiana Tech’s 80-72 loss at McNeese left the building thinking “I bet that will be the hottest team in the country come March.”
But that is how things have worked out for the Bulldogs, who have already wrapped up a share of the WAC title with two games to play. However, those two games happen to be against the teams currently sitting at second and third in the conference standings.
Predicted end: Las Cruces, New Mexico seems like it would be a pretty good place for dreams to die. I think the Bulldogs are deserving of an at-large bid if they finish a spotless 20-0 in WAC play regardless of what happens in the conference tournament, but the Aggies will make sure that doesn’t happen.