New York Rangers (1-3-0) at Columbus Blue Jackets (2-1-0)
|Date & Time||Friday October 13, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -128 / New York Rangers +104 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The New York Rangers look to shake out of an early season swoon as they take to the road to face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.
The Rangers have struggled mightily at times this season and we are only four games into the campaign which should send off some red flags for the boys on Broadway but there is still plenty of time to turn things around and a road win against an up and coming Blue Jackets side that has one of the league’s top goaltenders would be a good place to start. New York has lost their only game on the road this season and their record against the Metro division of late hasn’t been strong as they have lost seven of their last nine against their divisional foes and against Columbus who continues to fly under the radar despite a strong season a year ago they are going to be in tough to reverse course on this night. Henrik Lundqvist is expected to get the start as he will face off against Sergei Bobrovsky who has a couple Vezina trophies on his resume and is among the top goalies in the entire NHL.
The Blue Jackets are a team that seems to defy the odds as to me they don’t have the best roster on paper but they seem to play a very strong team game and have really silenced the critics over the last couple of seasons as they have a great back end and great goaltending. If the Jackets can continue to get balanced scoring and maybe bring in a piece at this year’s trade deadline, if not before hand, they should be right in the mix for top spot in the Metro division and they are a very impressive 30-12 in their last 42 home games. The Jackets also seem to enjoy playing on Friday night as they are 13-3 in their last 16 games heading into the weekend and against a Rangers side here they are favoured to continue that trend.
The Rangers are 1-5 in their last six overall and winless in their last five Friday games while the Jackets are 1-4 in their last five following a win and 14-3 in their last 17 playing on two day's rest. The Jackets are playing the better hockey right now and they extend New York's misery with a home win to head into the weekend.