Columbus leads the NHL with 58 points, seven ahead of the Capitals. Not surprisingly, the Blue Jackets have the league’s top offense, averaging 3.46 goals per game. That team stat is partially the result of a standout first half of the season by right winger Cam Atkinson (17 goals, 20 assists). Atkinson is on pace to smash his previous season high of 53 points, which he set last season.
The Capitals (23-9-5 SU, 12-25 ATS), meanwhile, are third in the Eastern Conference and are currently riding a three-game winning streak of their own, most recently defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-5 in overtime on Tuesday. Their success is largely due to team defense; they sit first in the NHL for defense, giving up a miniscule 2.06 goals per game. Goaltender Brayden Holtby (1.98 goals against average, .929 save percentage) will look to continue his solid 2016-17 campaign and end the Jackets’ run one win short of the record.
NHL Odds: Ovechkin and the Capitals Look to End Jackets’ StreakThe Columbus Blue Jackets (27-5-4 SU, 24-12 ATS) are on a historic run. Winners of 16 straight games, they will take on Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals (23-9-5 SU, 12-25 ATS) on Thursday night in a game that could see Columbus tie the longest winning streak in NHL history, at 17 games.
Thursday’s game (7 PM ET on FOX) will see a battle of the NHL’s top goaltenders, as the Jackets’ Sergei Bobrovsky (1.95 goals against average, .934 save percentage) faces off against Brayden Holtby (1.98 goals against average, .929 save percentage). This game will feature many of the NHL’s top players and could turn into a historic night for Ohio’s only NHL franchise.