Blue Jackets-Capitals Game Preview: Caps Look for 10th Straight

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IJanuary 9, 2009

The last nine times the Caps have taken the ice in Northwest D.C., the result has been identical—a win. The Columbus Blue Jackets stand in the way of a game that could equal a franchise-best in consecutive home wins.

In addition to going after their 10th straight home victory and sweeping the homestand, the Capitals (27-11-3) are looking for their eighth straight win. It would be the first time in nearly two decades Washington has won that many in a row.

The Caps, who are currently riding a seven game streak, won the final seven to conclude last year's regular season. They made the playoffs because of it.

Friday's game against Columbus also begins the second half of the season for Washington. Their 57 points are a franchise-best for the first half of the season. The Blue Jackets will be tough; they defeated the Caps earlier this season on the road.  However, they are without Rick Nash for tonight's game.

Sergei Fedorov and Tomas Fleischmann are likely to return to the ice tonight. With everybody back, who will stop the Caps? I guess we will have to wait and see. If you can't make it to Chinatown for the game, then tune into Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic tonight.