Going streaking: Blackhawks, Capitals maintain winning ways as NHL's hottest

Geoff Burke / USA TODAY Sports

Ho hum, more wins for a pair of longstanding NHL powerhouses.

Following Saturday's busy schedule, the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals are tied for the longest win streaks in the NHL, but we'll forgive you for not noticing.

In recent years, both clubs - winners of five in a row - have become synonymous with success to varying degrees, and while one has translated that into championships, regular-season dominance, at the very least, has become an expectation in Chicago and Washington.

Here's how both teams put together their current runs.

Blackhawks Capitals
@ NJ 3-2 (OT) @ VAN 5-2
vs. LA 3-0 @ CGY 3-1
vs. CGY 5-1 @ WPG 3-2
vs. COL 4-0 vs. WPG 4-3 (OT)
@ DAL 3-2 vs. FLA 4-2

The streaks have put the Blackhawks and Capitals in a tie for the third-highest point total in the league (17), four behind the first-place Montreal Canadiens, and behind only the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins, both of whom sit on 18 points.

The scary thing is Washington's offense has yet to really start clicking, and the Blackhawks still have the NHL's worst penalty kill, and by a wide margin, meaning both teams have yet to perform at their highest levels.

At the end of the day, what matters most to both teams is stringing together wins when it matters most, but rest assured they won't be slowing down anytime soon.

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