Columbus Blue Jackets (27-5-4) at Washington Capitals (23-9-5)
|Date & Time||Thursday January 5, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Washington Capitals -125 / Columbus Blue Jackets +113 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Columbus Blue Jackets look to tie an NHL record with their 17th win in a row as they head into the Verizon Center to take on the Washington Capitals.
The Blue Jackets continue to defy the odds as it is incredibly tough to go on a winning streak as lengthy as the 16 game mark they are currently at but even more unbelievable for a group that was expected to be in the league basement again this season before taking the NHL by storm. Columbus is a win away from tying the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins who won 17 games in succession but the Jackets have a very tough task ahead of them as the Caps are not only one of the most dangerous teams in the league, they are very tough to beat on home ice. Sergei Bobrovsky will look to keep the magical run afloat as he will get the call in the Columbus crease as the former Vezina winner will face off against last year’s recipient in Braden Holtby.
The Capitals meanwhile look to build on a high scoring overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in their last outing and be the team to take down the league’s hottest team and keep their arch rivals from Pittsburgh in the history books by themselves. Washington has a very dangerous team and are loaded in the offensive zone which is going to be a struggle for a Jackets team that needs a bit of help behind their top defense pairing, but if Bobrovksy can continue to play the way he has been this season even the best shooters in the league can’t slow him down. Washington has won 10 of their last 14 games and should be in the mix for the Metro division title despite this ridiculous run that Columbus is currently on.
The Jackets are 22-4 in their last 26 overall and 10-1 in their last 11 road games while the Caps are 7-2 in their last nine following a win and 9-4 in their last 13 against the Eastern Conference. I have been fading the Jackets as this type of winning streak is very hard to accomplish and to me they are still an overrated bunch and while it may come back to bite me I think their streak ends on the road against the Caps.