Sure, it’s not as long as the Chicago Blackhawks‘ point streak was and it hasn’t broken any NHL records to date, but for the Columbus Blue Jackets, nine straight games with at least one point is surprising–and enough to create a new franchise record for point streaks.
They started this streak at the very end of February and if they manage to get at least one tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes, who they’ll be seeing less often next season when they bid goodbye to the Western Conference and go east, they’ll make it 10 in a row with at least one single point per game to show for it. The previous record was eight in a row back in the early months of 2001, the first year the Blue Jackets were in the league (2000-01).
Three games in a row have gone into a shootout for the Blue Jackets, and they’ve lost two of them, so trying to actually end this one in regulation and get two points from the occasion is key.
When these two teams last met back in February before the streak began, there were four goals scored–two from each side–before the midway point of the first period, including Jared Boll‘s first of the year and Matt Calvert‘s second. But in the end, Columbus lost 5-3, the second loss to the Coyotes this season where Phoenix scored five goals.
Sergei Bobrovsky will most likely be in net tonight if coach decides to ride the hot hand. His record against the Coyotes is not long at all, but his past 10 record is a good one: 6-1-3, 1.48 goals-against average and a .948 save percentage.
See if the NHL’s perhaps unlikeliest team to be on a streak like this can keep it alive again this evening at 7 p.m.