DeCock

Futility on the road

Staff WriterDecember 1, 2009 

Hard to believe it's December and the Carolina Hurricanes are still looking for their first win on the road. At 0-10-3, the Hurricanes are flirting with NHL history, although there's a long way to go.

The NHL record for fewest road wins is one, by two expansion teams: the 1974-75 Washington Capitals and 1992-93 Ottawa Senators. The worst road record in franchise history came way back in 1982-83, in the Hartford Whalers' fourth season in the NHL, 6-32-2.

Even if the Hurricanes continue to struggle on the road, not all is lost. For some perspective, here are the five non-expansion teams that had the toughest time on the road in NHL history yet thrived (or came close) anyway - Tuesdays' Top Five.

5. 1980-81 Boston Bruins: At Boston Garden, the B's were a solid 26-10-4, which was just about enough to put them second in the Adams Division despite an 11-20-9 mark on the road.

4. 1972-73 Pittsburgh Penguins: Current Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford was the starting goalie on a team that was a solid 24-11-4 at the Igloo and a dismal 8-26-5 elsewhere. The Penguins missed the playoffs by three points.

3. 2006-07 Calgary Flames: The Flames opened the season 3-7-2 and won only two of their first eight road games but went 30-9-2 at home to balance a 13-20-8 road record and make the playoffs.

2. 1953-54 Montreal Canadiens: A sterling 27-5-3 at the Forum, the defending champs stumbled to an 8-19-8 record on the road but made it to the Stanley Cup Finals nonetheless - where they lost the decisive Game 7 on the road.

1. 1960-61 Chicago Blackhawks: A 9-18-8 record outside Chicago Stadium wasn't enough to stop the Hawks from winning the Stanley Cup, going 3-3 on the road in the playoffs.

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