When the game begins at the MTS Centre tonight, the Blue Jackets will have gone over a month without a loss.
Columbus has won multiple ways during the streak, but it’s goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky who’s been the steadiest force. Bobrovsky leads all goalies in the National Hockey League with 22 victories and ranks in the top three in both save percentage and goals against average.
Their opponent, the Winnipeg Jets, have won four of their last five games and feature some young offensive firepower.
Center Mark Scheifele is 23 years old and leads the team with 32 points. Not too far behind him are right wingers Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers who each have 30 points.
Laine is only 18 and leads the team with 19 goals.
Ehlers is between Scheifele and Laine at the age of 20 and has set his teammates up with plenty of opportunities, racking up 21 assists so far.
The Blue Jackets continue to own the best power-play percentage in the NHL and have scored on nine of their previous 27 opportunities. The Jets, on the other hand, haven’t been nearly as efficient on the man advantage. They’ve only scored on three of their previous 25 attempts.
We’ll see if special teams play a big role in the final outcome. If so, the edge clearly goes to the visiting team.
Columbus has only one regulation loss on the road in the last two months and is 9-1-2 in their last 12 games away from Nationwide Arena.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will attempt to remain perfect in December and extend their winning streak to 14 games.