The Columbus Blue Jackets will host the New York Rangers in a divisional battle Thursday night from the Nationwide Arena. The Rangers dropped a 4-1 home decision to the Golden Knights on Monday, and the Blue Jackets fell 4-2 at home against the Coyotes on Tuesday night. Columbus went 3-1 against the Rangers last season.
Rangers Gaining Momentum
The New York Rangers have been playing better hockey recently. They own a 4-2 record in their last six games but took a step back with a 4-1 home loss to the Golden Knights on Monday night. Rangers’ point leader Artemi Panarin has been held pointless in two straight games, although he still has eight points in his last six games. Overall, the 28-year old star is having a terrific season in his first year with New York, netting 12 goals along with 21 assists. Panarin is up against his former team in this one.
Ryan Strome is quietly having an outstanding season, posting six goals and 17 assists. The six-year veteran center recorded 13 points last month. Strome logged a goal and an assist in three games against the Blue Jackets last season. Marc Staal is questionable for this game. The Rangers stand at 5-5-1 on the road this season.[embed]https://twitter.com/NYRangers/status/1201700716521410560[/embed]
New York is starting backup Alexandar Georgiev in this one in the first game of a back-to-back set. Georgiev actually has the better stats with a 3.07 GAA and a .912 save percentage accompanied with a 6-4-1 record, while Lundqvist owns a solid .910 save percentage but has a poor 3.21 GAA. The Rangers are scoring an average of 3.3 goals, good for seventh in the NHL. They are allowing an average of 3.3 goals, placing them 25th overall.