Don't tell the Hawks the odds

March 04, 2013|By Ted Gruber | For RedEye

To put it mildly, the Blackhawks' current streak is impressive. Through 22 games, they have earned at least a point in each one. And they've done it all sorts of ways, including Sunday's win over Detroit, which required late-game heroics from Patrick Kane.

In addition to a Stanley Cup title, the Hawks are chasing the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers, who went 35 straight games with a point. And Chicago is doing this with only a week of training camp, which makes their run even more amazing.

So how tough is it to keep this going? RedEye got help from DePaul mathematics professor Jeffrey Bergen to break it down.

1 in 440

Odds of tying the 1979-80 Flyers' record. Comparably, the chances of a baseball player hitting for the cycle in one game are 1 in 550.

1 in 30,000

Odds of an NHL team going undefeated in regulation for its first 22 games this season. You have a better chance of being dealt only four cards and having those be four of a kind.

1 in 200,000

Odds of the Hawks going unbeaten in regulation in all 48 games this regular season now that they've done so in their first 22.

1 in 6 billion

Odds of an NHL team going unbeaten in all 48 regular-season games from the start of the season.

1 in 10,000

Odds of a potentially devastating asteroid hit on Earth in the next 100 years, according to NASA.

1 in 12,500

Odds of an amateur golfer making a hole in one on a par-3 hole, according to insurance provider U.S. Hole in One.

1 in 1 million

Odds of being struck by lightning in a given year, according to the National Weather Service.

1 in 175,711,536

Odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot, according to cnn.com.

Ted Gruber is a RedEye special contributor.

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