The Columbus Blue Jackets (11-7-1) are back at Nationwide Arena to welcome in the New York Rangers (9-8-2) on Friday. These two teams have met twice this season, once in Columbus and once in New York, and the home team’s won both times. The puck is scheduled to drop shortly after 7:00 PM ET.
The CBJ are coming off two straight overtime/shootout victories on the road against the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens. Sergei Bobrovsky allowed only one goal in each game and is single-handedly the reason why the Jackets secured those four points.
Special teams have been a hot topic recently, and the power play and penalty kill units appear to be trending in opposite directions.
The CBJ power play has registered two goals on the man advantage in their last 10 games (30 chances). The PK, on the other hand, has shut down seven consecutive opposition power plays.
Despite losing their last game on Wednesday, the Rangers are coming into tonight hot as of late, winning of six of their last seven games, with Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist starting in all seven of those recent contests.
Rick Nash has been impressive during his team’s recent hot stretch, registering eight points, with five goals and three assists in the seven-game stretch.
Only four points separate the first-place New Jersey Devils and the sixth-place Rangers in the Metropolitan Division (CBJ second with 23 points), so every matchup between these divisional foes will be of utmost importance. Sergei Bobrovsky has been playing out of his mind the last couple games, so fans could be in for a treat at NWA on Friday night.