As good as the Blackhawks have been, it takes a bit of good fortune to play 24 games in the NHL, and accumulate a point in every single one. But how much good fortune?

Stephen Stigler, PhD, professor of statistics at the University of Chicago since 1979, says it's a matter of determining how good the Blackhawks really are, but their run is not as improbable as it sounds.

"They are not violating the laws of nature in the probability of what's been happening," said Dr. Stigler.

As Stigler explained, with all things being equal, the chance of an average team getting a point in a single game is .75 (or 75 percent). Under those circumstances, "the chance of getting a point in 24 straight games, well then it's one-in-1000."

Obviously, the Blackhawks are not an average team and Stigler acknowledged that this model was too simple for figuring out how unlikely their run has been.

To dig deeper, Stigler started by determining the probability of a team winning 18 out of 24 games in regulation. For an average team, Stigler calculated that the chances of winning 18 out of 24 to be one-in-100. Stigler then adjusted the formula to "correspond to data on top teams" and changed the probability in his formula that the Blackhawks would win any game to 60 percent. With that assumed, Stigler calculated the probability of the Blackhawks winning 18 out of 24 as one-in-10.

"Not that extraordinary," Stigler said. "What makes it a bit more extraordinary is if you factor in also the chance that of the non-wins, they were all ties."