Columbus Blue Jackets (26-28-3) at New York Rangers (35-16-6)
|Date & Time||Sunday February 22, 2015, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: New York Rangers -205 / Columbus Blue Jackets +184 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Rangers look to stay red hot and pull to within two points of the division lead with a win at MSG against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Blue Jackets have been one of the league's biggest disappointments this season as many had them pegged to be a playoff contender after their success against the Pittsburgh Penguins in last year's playoffs but through 57 games they are two games under .500 and well back of a playoff spot. Columbus does have the potential to go on a run and sneak into a wild card position as they do have a few games in hand on a lot of teams in the Metro but they could just as easily spiral downward with the trade deadline approaching and put themselves into a position to land a decent draft pick and look towards the future. Columbus does have a decent roster but at the same time they have some glaring holes and with Sergei Bobrovsky still on the shelf and Curtis McElhinney between the pipes I don't see the Jackets doing enough to get into a position where they will challenge for the playoffs. McIlhenny will go up against Cam Talbot in a battle of division rivals.
The Rangers have been among the league's hottest teams as they and their Cup counterparts last year from Los Angeles are on fire at the moment with New York sporting a 7-1-2 mark in their last 10 and have moved to within striking distance of the division lead. New York has a great roster and they have gone on a tear without having Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes so imagine what they can do with one of the league's best goaltenders in the crease and with his return on the horizon the Rangers could not only win the Metro division but take down the three headed monster atop the Atlantic and land the top overall seed in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers are big time favourites here and for good reason as I don't think this one will be close and taking the Blue Shirts in regulation seems to be the safest play.