Streaking Blue Jackets chase NHL history Thursday at Capitals

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The Columbus Blue Jackets are certainly the biggest surprise of this 2016-17 National Hockey League season.

The Jackets are riding a 16-game winning streak and will look to move into a tie for the all-time league record Thursday night when they visit the Washington Capitals. The current NHL record for consecutive wins is 17 by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins.

If hockey bettors wagered $100 on each of the 16 games via the Blue Jackets’ moneyline odds, they would be up $1,242.68 heading into Thursday’s contest.

Columbus extended their streak to 15 on New Year’s Eve with a 4-2 victory over the host Minnesota Wild. Coming into Saturday’s game the Wild were riding a 12-game streak of their own and the game marked the first time in major North American sports history (NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS and WNBA) that two teams squared off with active winning streaks of 12 games or longer.

On Tuesday night, the Blue Jackets climbed to within one win of the record with a 3-1 victory over the formidable Edmonton Oilers.

Columbus will face a very tough task in their attempt to equal the powerhouse Penguins team from the early-90’s when they travel to D.C. to take on the Capitals. The Caps own a 23-9-1 overall record, including an impressive 14-5 on home ice, and are coming off an exciting 6-5 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday.

Thursday’s betting line is currently OFF.

John Tortorella’s Blue Jackets are currently listed at 10/1 (Westgate LV Superbook) to hoist the Stanley Cup this summer, after opening the season at 30/1.

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