The Columbus Blue Jackets (32-12-4) will take on the New York Rangers (31-17-1) at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. In their first game after the All Star break, the Jackets will look to get the stretch run off to a hot start against their divisional foes. Puck drop is scheduled for shortly after 7:00 PM ET.
Here are 11 things to get you ready for the game:
- The New York Rangers rank second in the National Hockey League in goals scored per game (3.4). The Blue Jackets rank third (3.3 GPG).
- With nine goals and 29 assists, right winger Mats Zuccarello leads the Rangers in both assists and points.
- The New York Rangers have not scored once in their last 14 power-play attempts. Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets have allowed the opposition to score only four goals in their last 37 attempts on the man advantage.
- Rick Nash, who missed their last matchup with the Jackets due to injury, should suit up for Tuesday’s game. In his seven games played since returning, Nash has one goal and three assists.
- Henrik Lundqvist, who has started the last 11 games for the Rangers, has not allowed more than two goals in their last four games (1.5 goals allowed per game during that stretch).
- Cam Atkinson has three goals in his last three appearances. He leads the CBJ with 24 goals this year.
- After scoring in the last game before the break, Brandon Saad now has 99 career goals.
- In their last seven games on the road, the CBJ are 2-5-0.
- The Rangers and Jackets have split their first two games of the season. After Tuesday’s game at MSG, they’ll play one final time at Nationwide Arena in a couple weeks.
- Michael Grabner, who leads the Rangers with 21 goals, has scored four times in the previous two games between these two teams.
- Joonas Korpisalo will get the start in net for the Jackets tonight. His last start was just over a week ago, in a wild game that ended in a 7-6 overtime victory for Columbus.
A victory over Rangers in New York on Tuesday night would keep them right in the mix for best team in the Eastern Conference. A loss, on the other hand, would only heighten the sense of urgency after losing seven of their last 12 games (won the previous 16 before that stretch).