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(37-16-5) Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New York Rangers (38-19-2)
Date: Sunday February 26th
Time: 2:00 PM
Venue: Madison Square Gardens in New York, NY
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Rangers -167
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NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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Despite a slide in the standings for the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team has still managed to remain in favorable rankings in many of the major team categories.
The Jackets now sit 3rd in the Metro, just slightly ahead of their opponents, the New York Rangers.
Columbus Blue Jackets
After rattling off a 16-game win streak that spanned through all of December, the Blue Jackets have reverted back to some .500 hockey their last 10 games.
They still have a firm grasp on a playoff spot, but will look to recapture some of the earlier season magic entering the final stretch of the season and into playoffs.
Cam Atkinson has been a surprise stand-out this season, netting 27 goals and 50 points through 58 games and earning his first All-Star game nod in the process. Atkinson currently sits in a tie for 7th overall in goals scored this season.
On the blueline, Zach Werenski sees himself in the Rookie-of-the-Year conversation, leading his squad in defensive scoring with 36 points in 58 games played. He, along with Seth Jones and Ryan Murray, combine for an excellent young trio that the Blue Jackets can build around for now and the future.
Sergei Bobrovsky is having a stellar year in net, with a 2.21 GAA and a .925 SV% on the year. Bobrovsky is tied with Edmonton’s Cam Talbot for 2nd in the NHL in Wins, with 31, just one behind leader Devan Dubynk.
New York Rangers
The Rangers 78 points on the season, good for 4th in the Metro Division but also 4th overall in the East. The Rangers have the talent to make a deep playoff run and will likely be buyers at the trade deadline.
Many rumors are linking the Rangers to current St. Louis Blues’ defenseman, Kevin Shattenkirk, which would be a huge addition to the blueline.
New York currently ranks 10th overall in goals against, at 2.6 per game, though the offensive-minded Shattenkirk may not help improve that rate, but rather the 15th ranked powerplay.
On offense, the Blue Shirts have been led by J.T. Miller, who has scored 18 goals and registered 46 points on the season.
The Rangers have five forwards with 40+ points on, which doesn’t include their leading goal scorer, Michael Grabner, who has 26 goals and 36 points.
Henrik Lundqvist has struggled this season… at least for his elite standards. Lundy owns a .912 SV% and a 2.63 GAA on the year.
Back-up, Antti Raanta, has appeared in 20 games and registered a .920 and 2.32, respectively.
NHL Betting Trends:
- The Blue Jackets rank 5th in both goals per game and goals against on the year
- Columbus is 4-4-1 in February
- Columbus is 16-7-4 on the road this year
- The two teams have split the season series to date, 2-2
- New York is 19-11-2 at home
- New York and Columbus have goal differentials of plus-43, and plus-44, respectively
Free Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New York Rangers NHL Hockey Prediction:
These two teams have battled close this season, seeing Columbus outscore New York 16-14 total across the four games in the books. Two of the four games played have resulted in a one goal game, with the other two playing to a two-goal win.
This matchup will have a big impact on the Metro Division standings, with 4-point games seeming even more crucial at this time of year.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Columbus +1.5
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NHL Free Score Prediction: Columbus 2 – New York 3
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