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1 Federko scored at least 90 points in seven of the eight seasons between 1978 and 1986, and became the first player in NHL history to record at least 50 assists in 10 consecutive seasons.

2 - First player to get 50 assists in 10 consecutive seasons in NHL history.

3 However, thereafter, from 1983–84 to 2015–16, they made the playoffs 30 times in 32 seasons, including 25-straight from 1990–91 to 2015–16 (not counting the cancelled 2004–05 season), in 2006 this became the longest active streak of postseason appearances in all of North American professional sports and finished tied for the third longest streak in NHL history.

4 By his second season, Howe was paired with Sid Abel and Ted Lindsay to form what would become one of the great lines in NHL history: the "Production Line".

5 This was the first time in NHL history a game had been postponed due to an injury.

6 Yzerman retired with the additional distinction of having been the longest-serving team captain in NHL history.

7 On January 1, 2009, the Red Wings played the Chicago Blackhawks in the second NHL Winter Classic at Chicago's Wrigley Field, defeating them 6–4. Although they finished second in the conference to the San Jose Sharks, the Wings became the first team in NHL history to top 100 points in nine straight seasons.

8 After losing the first three games of the series, the Red Wings won three consecutive games to force a Game 7, becoming just the eighth team in NHL history to accomplish the feat.

9 There have been four league-wide work stoppages in NHL history, all occurring after 1992.

10 There have been four league-wide work stoppages in NHL history, all occurring after 1992.

11 Although 1993 first overall draft choice Alexandre Daigle wound up being one of the greatest draft busts in NHL history, they chose Radek Bonk in 1994, Bryan Berard (traded for Wade Redden) in 1995, Chris Phillips in 1996 and Marian Hossa in 1997, all of whom would become solid NHL players and formed a strong core of players in years to come.

12 The Senators later became the first team in modern NHL history to overcome a 14-point deficit at any juncture of the season to qualify for the playoffs.

13 Gretzky is the leading scorer in NHL history, with more goals and assists than any other player.

14 The season still stands as the highest point total by a first-year player in NHL history.

15 Later that season, Gretzky broke Esposito's record for most goals in a season (76) on February 24, 1982, scoring three to help defeat the Buffalo Sabres 6–3. He ended the 1981–82 season with records of 92 goals, 120 assists, and 212 points in 80 games, becoming the only player in NHL history to break the two hundred-point mark.

16 Using this approach, the Oilers, led by Gretzky, became the highest scoring team in NHL history.

17 In 1997, prior to his retirement, The Hockey News named a committee of 50 hockey experts (former NHL players, past and present writers, broadcasters, coaches and hockey executives) to select and rank the 50 greatest players in NHL history.

18 "Wayne Gretzky was one of the most accurate scorers in NHL history", said one biography.

19 The next season, 1977–78, the team had a 28-game unbeaten streak, the second-longest in NHL history.

20 The Canadiens became the first team in NHL history to reach 3,000 victories with their 5–2 victory over the Florida Panthers on December 29, 2008.