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Minus three forwards, Columbus looks to end road trip with exclamation point.

NHL: New York Rangers at Columbus Blue Jackets Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Columbus Blue Jackets conclude their three-game road trip tonight at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers.

Columbus has earned three of four points so far, beating the Panthers last Thursday night and earning a hard-fought point in a shootout loss Saturday night in Tampa. It was a good test against the top team in the league. Said John Tortorella, "I thought that was probably the fastest we played through the game."

With Tampa threatening to pull away late, the Jackets scored two goals in the third period to force the equalizer and push things to the shootout before the Lightning won it there. The comeback speaks to Columbus' resiliency, but regardless, Monday night is a game the Jackets want to have.

The Rangers have struggled so far, occupying the latter rung of the Metropolitan since the start of the season, and enter Monday's contest against Columbus five points back.

Alain Vigneault's seat has gotten warm, but his bunch has won three-straight, including at Tampa last Thursday night.

Though it sounded like Cam Atkinson might be ready to play at home Tuesday against Nashville, Columbus placed him on IR Sunday, activating defenseman Gabriel Carlsson. Matt Calvert will also miss this game with injury.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Artemi Panarin Nick Foligno Josh Anderson
Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky Tyler Motte
Markus Hannikainen? Alexander Wennberg Oliver Bjorkstrand
Sonny Milano Pierre-Luc Dubois Zac Dalpe?
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Jack Johnson David Savard
Ryan Murray Markus Nutivaara
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo
New York Rangers
Chris Kreider Mika Zibanejad Pavel Buchnevich
Rick Nash Kevin Hayes Mats Zucarello
Jimmy Vesey Paul Carey J.T. Miller
Michael Grabner Boo Nieves Jesper Fast
Marc Stall Ryan McDonagh
Brady Skjei Kevin Shattenkirk
Nick Holden Brendan Smith
Henrik Lundqvist
Ondrej Pavelec