Rangers vs. Blue Jackets - 2/29/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Columbus Blue Jackets (26-29-8) at New York Rangers (36-20-6)
NHL Hockey: Monday, February 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers -165 / Columbus Blue Jackets +149 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, MSG
The Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers meet Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Columbus Blue Jackets look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.7 percent of their power plays. Brandon Saad leads Columbus with 24 goals, Boone Jenner has 13 assists and Scott Hartnell has 119 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their power play chances. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 67 goals on 753 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has given up 58 goals on 714 shots. Korpisalo has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The New York Rangers look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.5 percent of their power plays. Derick Brassard leads New York with 22 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 26 assists and J.T. Miller has 99 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 77.7 percent of their power play chances. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 117 goals on 1,540 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 27 goals on 291 shots. Lundqvist has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Blue Jackets are 6-0 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 Monday games. The Rangers are 48-23 in their last 71 home games and 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Blue Jackets are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in New York and 0-5 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Rangers have beaten the Blue Jackets in five straight meetings and continue to play lights out hockey at home. So, while Columbus is playing solid hockey in its own right, the Rangers should be able to take this contest.