We have spent quite a bit of time talking about the Columbus Blue Jackets of late when it comes to betting hockey. Why not, seeing as they are now on amazing 15-game winning streak. Will history be made this week?
The Columbus streak was made all that more much impressive by 4-2 victory at Minnesota on New Year's Eve, ending the Wild's compelling 12-game winning stretch.
The Blue Jackets are now tied for the second-longest single-season winning streak (Penguins 2012-13 and Islanders 1981-82), and this week could claim Pittsburgh's all-time record of 17 consecutive wins from the 1992-93 campaign.
The Jackets look for No. 16 at home against Edmonton (19-12-7, 19-19 SU) on Tuesday. The Oilers are an emerging force with loads of young talent led by the best young player in all of hockey, Connor McDavid, and they are one of three teams besides the Jackets to be in the Top 10 in scoring and goals allowed. The NHL odds have Columbus at -165.
After that, it gets really tough for head coach John Tortorella's squad with three games in four days. First stop Thursday is Washington, which is 13-7 SU at home and with that a division game, which the Capitals would want anyway, but backed with a frenzied crowd, it should be quite an atmosphere and no simple choice for NHL picks.
If Columbus wins those two, it goes for the record at home in taking on the New York Rangers on Saturday and Philadelphia on Sunday. If the Jackets reach 17 straight wins, it would be really hard to go against them betting hockey at home, where they are 14-4 SU (as of Jan. 3). However, if the Jackets were to lose to the Rangers, they would be play-against material vs. the Flyers or if they tumbled in any contest the next game after suffering their first defeat since the Saturday after Thanksgiving.