The 2016-17 NHL regular season has brought many things to the table, but nothing more interesting then the winning streaks multiple teams have put together. The Capitals, Flyers and Blue Jackets all have stretches of success that have flirted with history. In recent years we haven’t seen nearly the amount of winning streaks as teams have this season. This raises an eyebrow to what each and every one of these hockey clubs did to create a streak of success. The Washington Capitals are in a midst of a current 9-game winning streak, both Flyers and Blue Jackets winning streaks are now a part of the past. Are winning streaks the new normal?
WASHINGTON CAPITALS: 9 GAMES (DEC. 31ST 2016 – CURRENT)
The Washington Capitals have been riding a 9-game winning streak dating back to December 31st, 2016, 6-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. The Cap’s continue on an absolute offensive tear, scoring 40 goals in their winning streak. The Cap’s have outscored their opponents 40-11 in those 9 games, opponents include Columbus, Ottawa, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Chicago, New Jersey, Toronto and Philadelphia. They have won three games by at least five goals, while six of them have posted a multiple goal margin.
The Cap’s currently sit pretty at the top with the best record in the NHL, 29-9-5 (63 points), a point in front of the Columbus Blue Jackets. During the Caps streak they have beaten both the Flyers and Blue Jackets. Sound familiar? The teams featured in this article appear because of their success this year. The Cap’s handed the Blue Jackets a loss just one game shy of achieving the NHL record. After Washington spoiled the Jackets streak, it now seems Washington has taken the winning ways away for Columbus which has kick-started their own success. The Cap’s look to extend their streak when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at 7:00.
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS: 16 GAMES (NOV. 29TH 2016 – JAN. 3RD 2017)
The Columbus Blue Jackets flirted with NHL history, unfortunately falling one game short of the NHL all-time record. The Jackets put together a boiling 16-game winning streak. The Jackets streak started when they beat Tampa Bay 5-1 on November 29th, 2016. The Blue Jackets probably were a team that nobody would have guessed was going to come one game shy of the record and put together some really solid hockey over this stretch.
The Blue Jackets streak defiantly beefed up their record, as they sit second best in the NHL with a record of 29-9-4 (62 points) but also have a game in hand against leading Washington. Columbus outscored opponents 64-27 during their streak, while Sergei Bobrovsky’s performance has peaked. Some may wonder what this means for Columbus and their future this season? Personally, I think they have proven they are among the best in the NHL and set themselves up nicely for the rest of the season.
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: 10 GAMES (NOV. 27TH, 2016 – DEC. 14TH 2016)
The Flyers reeled in a 10-game winning streak that was snapped by Dallas in the middle of December. The Flyers outscored their opponents 34-20 during their winning streak. The Flyers sit in 5th place in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 22-18-6 (50 points) and hold the last wild card spot in the Eastern Conference by one point. The Flyers winning streak surprised many people with a roster nowhere nearly as strong as those of Washington and Columbus.