The Columbus Blue Jackets reminded fans why they got themselves into contention in the first place with a 7-0 victory over the New York Islanders at Nationwide Arena last night. The club will look to translate the high level of play on the road later this afternoon in Madison Square Garden after playing seven-straight games at home.
The New York Rangers have been moving up in the standings lately, going 8-1-1 in their last ten games, which includes a 3-2 victory over the Jackets at NWA 13 days ago.
As a matter of fact, the Rangers haven’t lost a game at home in regulation since the last day of January when the CBJ defeated them by a final score of 6-4.
Columbus’ captain Nick Foligno is coming off a two-goal performance last night and has scored against the Rangers in each of the previous two times they met.
Right winger Michael Grabner leads the Rangers with 26 goals, five of which have come against the Jackets this season. He’ll be looking to continue his offensive success against the same club after not putting the puck in the back of the net for seven consecutive appearances.
- New York has only scored on one of their previous 23 power-play opportunities.
- The Jackets are equally struggling, only converting on the man advantage in one of their last 24 chances.
- It looks like we’ll see a nice goaltending duel this evening. Sergei Bobrovsky and Henrik Lundqvist are expected to start.
- Both New York and Columbus played last night, so the back-to-back element won’t be as big of a storyline in this one.
Plenty will be on the line when these squads face off. They’re only separated by one point in the Metropolitan Division.