New York Rangers at Columbus Blue Jackets
|Date & Time||Sunday January 13, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New York Rangers +195 / Columbus Blue Jackets -235 -- Over/Under: 6
The New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Sunday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.
The New York Rangers have a chance to win back-to-back games for the second time since November 23. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Kreider leads New York with 20 goals, Mika Zibanejad has 23 assists and Kevin Hayes has 89 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 75.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 97 goals on 1,043 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 40 goals on 390 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets look to keep the puck rolling after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 14.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 24 goals, Artemi Panarin has 32 assists and Pierre-Luc Dubois has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 86 goals on 912 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 42 goals on 387 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in 12 of their last 15 games.
The Rangers are 15-36 in their last 51 road games, 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-12 in their last 14 Sunday games. The Blue Jackets are 4-1 in their last 5 home games, 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 8-3 in their last 11 overall. The Rangers are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings. The over is 3-1-1 in Blue Jackets last 5 overall. The over is 12-5-1 in Rangers last 18 overall.
The Columbus Blue Jackets should win this game when you consider the form of both teams and the fact the New York Rangers haven't been able to string wins together at all in the last two months. The problem is the price to back the Blue Jackets is quite steep. The over seems like a better wager for a cheaper price, as seven of the last 10 meetings between the Rangers and Blue Jackets have produced at least seven goals. The two meetings this season between the Rangers and Blue Jackets have averaged eight goals. So, to avoid the insane price with the Blue Jackets, I'll take the over for far less juice.