New York Rangers at Columbus Blue Jackets
|Date & Time||Friday February 14, 2020, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Nationwide Arena, 200, West Nationwide Boulevard, Seagrave, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, 43215, USA
Columbus Blue Jackets -137
The New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Friday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.
The New York Rangers look for a win after winning six of their last eight games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Artemi Panarin leads New York with 28 goals, Pavel Buchnevich has 22 assists and Jacob Trouba has 138 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 78.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 79 goals on 852 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 70 goals on 765 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or less goals in five straight games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win here to snap a three-game losing streak. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads Columbus with 18 goals, Pierre-Luc Dubois has 26 assists and Seth Jones has 126 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 83.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 78 goals on 901 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 52 goals on 740 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 11 games.
The road team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. The Rangers are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
The New York Rangers continue to find ways to win, and they're going to be a team to watch as I said yesterday, as long as that defense holds up. The problem here is that the Columbus Blue Jackets are due for a victory to end their three-game losing streak, and their defense has been sharp enough to trust them in a meeting with both teams on the end of a back to back. The Columbus Blue Jackets have also won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Rangers. I'll lay the cheap price with the home team.