- New York Rangers have won their last two to move to the top of the Metropolitan Division
- Columbus Blue Jackets have lost their last two games in the NHL and are fifth in the Metropolitan Division
The New York Rangers will be looking for a third straight win in the NHL on Thursday evening, as they travel to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets. The hosts will be looking to end their recent run of two straight defeats.
New York Rangers at Columbus Blue Jackets Schedule
- When: Thursday, January 27th, 7:00 PM ET
- Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus
- How To Watch: ESPN
Rangers Firmly In Playoff Contention
The New York Rangers are firmly in the mix for a playoff finish this season, as they currently sit third in the Eastern Conference standings. New York has picked up 60 points from the 43 games that they have played so far this season, which is just three fewer than the leading Florida Panthers. Recent form is also very solid for the Rangers, as they have won their previous two in the NHL. Only the Pittsburgh Penguins, who have won their last six, are on a better run of form in the East.
The Rangers have been the best travelers in the East so far this season, as they have won 15 games on the road. That is more wins than any other side in the conference at this point. New York have gone 15-8-2 on the road, while they have picked up 13 wins from the 18 games that they have played at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers needed a shootout in their latest fixture to get the win against the Los Angeles Kings. The sides were locked level at 2-2 after regulation time in New York. Barclay Goodrow and Chris Kreider scored the goals for the Rangers in that slender victory.
Blue Jackets Winless In Two
The Columbus Blue Jackets are sitting tenth in the Eastern Conference standings coming into this game against the Rangers. They have picked up 37 points from the 39 games that they have played to this point and will be appeased that this game is back at the Nationwide Arena. Their record on the road to this point has been underwhelming, as they have picked up just seven wins from the 19 games played.
The Blue Jackets have fared better in front of their own fans, as they have won eleven of the 20 games that they have played. However, recent form has been very disappointing for the hosts, as they have lost their last two. They will have an opportunity to amend that before coming up against the Rangers, as they face off against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday evening.
NHL Pick and Prediction
We find it extremely challenging to look past the away form that the Rangers boast this season. For that reason, we feel that they will win this game, and also score more in each period. Also, we like the chances of over 1.5 goals in the second period.
NHL Picks Today:
- New York Rangers
NHL Prop Picks:
- Rangers To Win Most Periods
- 2nd Period: Over 1.5 Goals