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Blackhawks set dubious record for failing to lead over 1st 6 games

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The Chicago Blackhawks find themselves in the NHL record books for the wrong reasons.

The Blackhawks fell to 0-5-1 on the season with a 6-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, during which time they've never held a lead. At 360:57, it's the longest streak without holding a lead to begin a season since at least 1979-80, Sportradar told The Associated Press' Jay Cohen.

Season Team Game time
2021-22 Blackhawks 360:57
2000-01 Capitals 350:25
2015-16 Devils 308:07
1995-96 Canadiens 300:57
2019-20 Sharks 284:47

Chicago made a flurry of offseason splashes to try and get the franchise back on track after four mediocre years, acquiring Seth Jones, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Tyler Johnson, among others.

However, the moves haven't panned out, as the Blackhawks have been outscored 27-12 and sit dead-last in the league standings in terms of points percentage.

To make matters worse, Chicago's 2022 first-round pick belongs to the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of the Jones deal, although it's lottery protected.

The Blackhawks' next chance at picking up their first win of the season comes Wednesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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