Blue Jackets vs. Rangers - 4/4/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Rangers (43-25-9) at Columbus Blue Jackets (31-39-8)
NHL Hockey: Monday, April 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +135 / New York Rangers -163 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG, FSOH
The New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Monday night at the Nationwide Arena.
The New York Rangers could use a win after losing eight of their last 13 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19.2 percent of their power plays. Derick Brassard leads New York with 27 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 33 assists and J.T. Miller has 127 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 77.9 percent of their power play chances. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 149 goals on 1,858 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 41 goals on 491 shots. Lundqvist has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets could also use a win after losing 10 of their last 15 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17.2 percent of their power plays. Boone Jenner leads Columbus with 30 goals, Brandon Saad has 20 assists and Cam Atkinson has 216 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their power play chances. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 92 goals on 996 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has given up 74 goals on 905 shots. Bobrovsky has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
The Rangers are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Metropolitan and 16-6 in their last 22 games playing on 1 days rest. The Blue Jackets are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record and 3-7 in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference. The Rangers are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Columbus and 6-0 in the last 6 meetings overall.
The Blue Jackets are just waiting for the regular season to come to an end, while the Rangers are trying to build some momtuem heading into the postseason. New York has also owned Columbus as of late. Give me the road team.