The Columbus Blue Jackets set a franchise record Thursday, winning eight consecutive games for the first time in team history. The record-setting win was a 5-2 triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers in which the Blue Jackets scored the final four goals of the game.
Columbus has been dominant during the eight-game streak, winning five games by multiple goals, while outscoring opponents 33-17. The fantastic hockey has coincided with the return of right winger Nathan Horton, who missed the first three months of the season with a shoulder injury after signing a seven-year, $37.1 million deal with Columbus in July. Since returning to action, Horton has seven points in 10 games, including six points during the ongoing eight-game winning streak.
Now in their 13th season of existence, the Blue Jackets are hoping to make the playoffs for just the second time in franchise history. Columbus currently slots in as the Eastern Conference's No. 7 seed, but the standings don't provide much cushion. Nine of the conference's 15 teams have between 52-59 points this season, and only Buffalo is truly out of the playoff picture. The Blue Jackets face the last-place Sabres on Saturday, so there will be no excuses if the winning streak ends at eight games.