Longest winning streak in NHL history: 2024 Edmonton Oilers fall just short of NHL record

Longest winning streak in NHL history
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What is the longest winning streak in NHL history? The Edmonton Oilers came close to equaling it this season when they won 16 straight games, one shy of the NHL record.

The Oilers did not lose a game between Dec. 21, 2013 and Jan. 27, 2024. Their epic winning streak ended at 16 games when the lost 3-1 to the Vegas Golden Knights on Feb. 6. That loss also ended Edmonton’s nine-game road winning streak, a franchise record.

Despite falling one win short of the all-time NHL record, the Oilers are just one of three teams in League history to have won as many as 16 consecutive games.

The 16-game run is the longest ever by a Canadian team in NHL history. The previous high-water mark for a Canadian team was 12 straight wins by the Montreal Canadiens during the 1967-68 season. The Oilers surpassed that mark with a 3-1 win against the Calgary Flames on Jan. 20.

Known for their high-octane offense led by superstars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, the Oilers goaltending and defense played a major role in their winning streak. The Oilers allowed two goals or fewer in 14 straight games, a franchise record, before the loss to the Golden Knights.

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Longest winning streaks in NHL history

  • Pittsburgh Penguins (1992-’92) – 17 games (March 9 – April 10)
  • Columbus Blue Jackets (2016-’17) – 16 games (Nov. 29, 2016 – Jan. 3, 2017)
  • Edmonton Oilers (2023-’24) –16 games (Dec. 21, 2023 – Jan. 27, 2024)
  • New York Islanders (1981-’82) – 15 games (Jan. 21 – Feb. 20)
  • Pittsburgh Penguins (2012-’13) – 15 games (March 2 – March 30)

When is the last time the Oilers lost before the win streak ended?

The Edmonton Oilers last lost an NHL game on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 3-1 to the New York Islanders. After the defeat, Edmonton had a 13-15-1 record and was in the midst of a three-game losing streak. The Oilers lost their first game in 2024, when they were defeated 3-1 by the Vegas Golden Knights on Feb. 6.

What is the longest winning streak in NHL history?

Unknown Date; Miami, FL, USA; FILE PHOTO; Pittsburgh Penguins forward Mario Lemieux (66) in action against the Florida Panthers at the Miami Arena during the 1996 season. Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports

The longest winning streak in NHL history is held by the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won 17 consecutive games late in the 1992-93 season. The back-to-back Stanley Cup champions scored six goals or more seven times during the streak, including 10 on two occasions. The record-setting run, which ended in a 6-6 tie against the New Jersey Devils in the final game of the regular season, helped the Penguins win the Presidents’ Trophy with 119 points in 1992-93. However, their bid to win a third straight Stanley Cup championship failed when they lost to the New York Islanders in seven games in the second round of the playoffs.

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12 longest winning streaks in NHL history

13-game winning streaks in NHL

Boston Bruins 1970-71

Philadelphia Flyers 1985-86

New Jersey Devils 2000-01

Florida Panthers 2021-22

New Jersey Devils 2022-23

14-game winning streaks in NHL

Boston Bruins 1929-30

Washington Capitals 2009-10

15-game winning streaks in NHL

New York Islanders 1981-82

Pittsburgh Penguins 2012-13

16-game winning streak in NHL

Edmonton Oilers 2023-24

Columbus Blue Jackets 2016-17

17-game winning streak in NHL

Pittsburgh Penguins 1992-93

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