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Game Preview #58 - Range Finder

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The Jackets' brutal stretch of games continues, as they turn right around and face another tough test in the Big Apple.

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Rangers

February 22, 2015 - 7:30 pm EST
Madison Square Garden - New York, New York
Radio - WBNS 97.1 - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponent's Blog: Blueshirt Banter

Guh. I thought the Jackets played pretty well last night. But, once you spot a defensively amazing team like Montreal a lead, you're basically pissing into the wind trying to come back. The let-down of giving up an empty-net shorty while up 6-on-4 was about the most fitting way for that game to end.

As for tonight, who knows what to expect? I'm done trying to prognosticate. This team plays well when I don't expect them to, and craps out when I expect them to play well. So, I've got nothing. It's like in golf, when you have no idea what club to hit, you break out the range finder to see exactly how far away from the green you are. And then you pick your club.

And then you shank it into the woods.

No morning skate today, so this is just a guess (i.e., repeat of last night).

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(26-28-3, 55 Points; 7th division, 13th conference)

Scott Hartnell Ryan Johansen Alexander Wennberg
Matt Calvert Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Marko Dano Artem Anisimov Nick Foligno
Corey Tropp Mark Letestu Jared Boll
Jack Johnson David Savard
Kevin Connauton James Wisniewski
Fedor Tyutin Cody Goloubef
Curtis McElhinney
Anton Forsberg

New York Rangers
(35-16-6, 76 Points; 2nd Division, 4th Conference)

Rick Nash Derick Brassard Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider Derek Stepan Martin St. Louis
Carl Hagelin Kevin Hayes J.T. Miller
Tanner Glass Dominic Moore Lee Stempniak
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Kevin Klein
John Moore Dan Boyle
Cam Talbot
Mackenzie Skapski

Season Series

NYR - 1-1-0
CBJ - 1-1-0

10/11/14 - Rangers 2 at Columbus 5
01/16/15 - Rangers 2 at Columbus 1
02/22/15 - Columbus at New York
04/06/15 - Columbus at New York

Head to Head Stats

New York Columbus
3.14 (2) GPG 2.56 (22)
2.40 (4) GAPG 3.07 (26)
18.9% (11) PP% 21.6% (6)
82.7% (10) PK% 80.6% (18)
Rick Nash, 37 G leader Nick Foligno, 23
Derick Brassard, 34 A leader Ryan Johansen, 31
Rick Nash, 58 Pts leader Nick Foligno, 53
Chris Kreider, 84 PIM leader Jared Boll, 79
17-7-5 Home/Road 14-14-1
7-1-2 Last 10 5-5-0
2/20 @ Buffalo, W 3-1 Last Game 2/21 @ Montreal, L 3-1