Tonight in Washington, the Columbus Blue Jackets will look to match the longest winning streak in NHL history — 17 games, set by Pittsburgh in ’92-93.
The Caps, meanwhile, will try to keep it from happening.
Heck, forward Andre Burakovsky is already predicting how good it will feel to put an end to it all.
“Obviously they’re on a huge winning streak right here,” Burakovsky said, per the Washington Times. “It’s going to be a fun moment for us to end.”
Burakovsky’s remarks aren’t much, but it is interesting he’s doing this kind of talking. The former first-round pick’s had a disappointing year, with just four goals through 34 games, and has been parked as a healthy scratch this season.
His remarks also stand out given what teammate T.J. Oshie said on Thursday.
“I think a lot of teams have wanted to break [Columbus’ streak] along the way,” Oshie explained, per the Washington Post. “So, we’re not going to be too focused about that. If the guys need that to motivate them, that’s fine.
“But I think right now, we’re getting our game going in a pretty positive direction, and we’re going to focus on that and hopefully that’ll be enough to break it.”
One thing aiding the Capitals’ cause? Verizon has been a difficult place to get results lately.
Washington is 6-1-1 in its last eight at home, with its lone regulation loss coming against Montreal on Dec. 17. The team also seemed to get a serious shot in the arm from Tuesday’s wild 6-5 OT win over the Leafs, in which the Caps came back from being down 2-1, 4-2 and 5-4.
Know what else the Caps did on Tuesday? They snapped Toronto’s winning streak. Sure, it only sat at five games, but it was a streak broken nonetheless.