Columbus Blue Jackets (9-5 SU, 8-6 PL, 8-6-0 O/U) vs New York Rangers (6-9 SU, 8-7 PL, 9-6-0 O/U)
When: 7:05 PM EDT, Monday, November 6, 2017
Where: Madison Square Garden in New York, New York
Lines: New York -109/ Columbus -101
Tonight on the ice, a pair of foes from the Metro Division will square off as the Columbus Blue Jackets rumble with the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. The Blue Jackets are off a 5-4 shootout loss to Tampa Bay on the road, while the Rangers are off a 5-4 win in OT over the Panthers on the road. Goalie Probables: The Blue Jackets will send out Sergei Bobrovsky, while the Rangers will send out Henrik Lundqvist.
Jackets Take A Tough Loss In Tampa
The Columbus Blue Jackets are off to a nice start to their year after finishing with the 2nd most points in the Eastern Conference last year. The Blue Jackets had won four of the previous five-game when they went into Tampa Bay on Saturday night, but they couldn’t keep it going as they fell by a score of 5-4 in the game, which went to a shootout. The Blue Jackets were down 4-2 as the game went to the 3rd period, but scored twice to tie and send it to OT. The Bolts eventually won the game in a shootout. Scoring for Columbus in the loss was Seth Jones, which was his 3rd of the year, Zach Werenski, which was his 4th of the year, Markus Hannikainen, which was his 2nd of the year and Brandon Dubinsky, which was his 2nd of the year. The Blue Jackets are 4-3 on the road so far. Taking the loss against the Lightning was Sergei Bobrovsky and he has now gone 8-3 with a 2.23 GAA and a .927 save percentage on the year, including 3-1 with a 2.89 GAA and a .907 save percentage on the road. In his career, he has gone 91-65 with a 2.46 GAA on the road and 34-25 with a 2.42 GAA during the month of November, plus he is 44-33 with a 2.39 GAA against the Metro Division, while against the Rangers in his career he has gone 6-11 with a 2.78 GAA.
The Blue Jackets have been an average offensive team so far as they come in ranked 9th in the league in scoring at 3.36 gpg, while also ranking 3rd in shots taken (36.5 spg) and 31st in power play conversions, converting on 11.6% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been solid as they come in ranked 7th in goals allowed, giving up 2.64 gpg, while also ranking 12th in shots allowed (31.5 spg) and 8th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 16.7% of their chances.
The Rangers Have Turned It Around
The New York Rangers had a very slow start to their year, but they have since turned things around as they have won their last three games in a row and five of their last seven, after starting the year at 1-6. Their offense has been big for them of late as they have averaged 4.4 gpg over their last five games, after putting up just 2.5 gpg through their first 10 games. They come in off a very nice 5-4 road win over Florida in OT on Saturday, but their level of competition will be much tougher in this one as the Panthers are really struggling right now. Kevin Shattenkirk scored twice in the game, including the game-winner just 1:08 into the OT period. He now has four goals on the year. Also scoring in the win was Nick Holden, which was his 1st of the year, Michael Grabner, which was his 5th of the year and Rick Nash, which was his 3rd of the year. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 of the 34 shots that he faced in the win over the Panthers and is now 5-6 with a 3.08 GAA and a .902 save percentage on the year overall, while at home he has gone 3-5 with a 2.87 GAA and a .902 save percentage. In his career, he has gone 231-169 with a 2.23 GAA here at the Garden and 69-45 with a 2.28 GAA during the month of November, plus he is 50-41 with a 2.49 GAA against the Metro Division, while against the Blue Jackets in his career he has gone 10-7 with a 2.82 GAA.
The Rangers have been a bit above average on offense so far as they come into this game ranked 13th in the league in scoring at 3.13 gpg, while also ranking 9th in shots taken (33.1 spg) and 9th in power play conversions, converting on 21.1% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have not been that good as they come in ranked 25th in goals allowed, giving up 3.40 gpg, while also ranking 13th in shots allowed (31.6 spg) and 15th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 19.2% of their chances.
- 5-11 in their last 16 road games
- 3-11 in their last 14 games playing on one days rest
New York is:
- 35-16 in their last 51 when their opponent allows five goals or more in their previous game
- 5-2 in their last seven after scoring five goals or more in their previous game
This should be a dynamite game between a couple of teams that should be in the postseason this year.The Blue Jackets are off a tough loss in Tampa Bay, while the Rangers have won their last three games in a row and have been very good on offense of late. The Rangers are the play here for me as they have the momentum and their offense is clicking, plus we note that Bobrovsky is just 6-112 with a 2.78 GAA in his career against the Rangers. The Blue Jackets are just 4-9 their last 13 games here at the Garden and that seals the deal for me.