If any NHL fans out there predicted that, soon after the end of the Chicago Blackhawks‘ point streak, the Columbus Blue Jackets would emerge as one of the league’s current longest streak-holders, I think those fans should also be called upon for advice on lottery numbers.
It’s pretty much as unlikely as it gets, but the Blue Jackets started going on a streak as soon as they lost 4-3 in overtime to the Blackhawks. They dispatched the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks in a shootout and overtime respectively before completely blanking the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 despite the fact that pigs were not flying. A rematch with Detroit required a shootout, but the Blue Jackets won again, pushing their win streak to five.
Last night, they met the Canucks again and once again needed to settle this with a shootout, though they fell 2-1 thanks to one lone shootout goal from Mason Raymond that seems somewhat questionable. Did he come to a complete stop or did he continue at the same rate of speed? Regardless of that question, his goal stood and was what it took for the Canucks to win.
Still, the Blue Jackets earned a point. Just as it was for Chicago, the points, not the wins, are the thing. That’s because Columbus has now earned a point in eight straight games, which ties a franchise record. Of course, as the youngest franchise in the league (the Winnipeg Jets don’t count because they inherited the Atlanta Thrashers’ records and the Thrashers were established in 1999, a year before the Blue Jackets), and one that is often among the worst in the league, their franchise records may not be very storied. But still, every point matters.
Sergei Bobrovsky has been especially good for his new team and was even recognized recently as one of the league’s weekly three stars. His most recent span of nine games saw him put up a 6-1-2 record, a .946 save percentage and a 1.55 goals-against average.
Up next for the surprising Jackets, though, is a chance to make it nine games in a row with at least a point against–who else?–the Blackhawks. That’s on March 14 at 7 p.m. and it should prove to be an interesting game.