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Game #50 Preview: Blue Jackets look to extend winning streak, PDO domination against New York Rangers

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New York Rangers v Columbus Blue Jackets Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Rangers
Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 7:00 EST
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
TV: Fox Sports Ohio - Radio: WBNS FM
Opponent’s blog: Blueshirt Banter

Columbus Blue Jackets, 25-16-8, 58 points, 4th Metro, 6th East
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New York Rangers, 23-19-4, 50 points, 7th Metro, 13th East

After last night’s stunning 5-0 win over the New Jersey Devils, the Columbus Blue Jackets hit the road to take on the New York Rangers and Artemi Panarin in Madison Square Garden tonight.

The Jackets will get some reinforcements tonight, though.

Not sure why Kevin Stenlund was sent down and not Jakob Lilja, but whatever.

Player to Watch

Mika Zibanejad

Zibanejad is currently playing top line center and has posted an 18-19-37 line this season next to Artemi Panarin. Zibanejad has seven power play goals this season and has six points in his last five games.

Jackets Notes

The Jackets have allowed 142 shot attempts in the last two games and have just 79 to their credit over the last two games ... Elvis Merzlikins has allowed just 15 goals in his last ten starts ... Alexander Wennberg is 3-6-9 in his last ten games

The Other Bench

Artemi Panarin posted a five point game earlier this week ... The Rangers have the worst expected goals against at 5v5 per sixty minutes in the league at 2.72

Season Series

12/05/2019 NYR 3 @ CBJ 2
01/19/2020 CBJ @ NYR
02/14/2020 NYR @ CBJ
03/24/2020 CBJ @ NYR

Stats

New York Rangers Columbus
3.37 (6) GPG 2.69 (24)
3.28 (26) GAPG 2.53 (3)
21.0% (10) PP% 17.2% (23)
79.3% (19) PK% 82.3% (9)
54.80% (1) 5v5 Corsi % 48.93% (20)
54.46% (1) 5v5 Fenwick % 50.91% (10)
7.47% (24) 5v5 Shot % 6.87% (27)
.918 (15) 5v5 Save % .929 (6)
Artemi Panarin, 26 G Leader Pierre-Luc Dubois, Zach Werenski, 15
Artemi Panarin, 42 A Leader Seth Jones, Gustav Nyquist, 21
Artemi Panarin, 68 P Leader Pierre-Luc Dubois, 34
Brendan Lemieux, 87 PIM Leader Nick Foligno, 52
13-8-2 Home / Road 10-7-6
6-4-0 Last 10 8-2-0

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Gustav Nyquist Pierre-Luc Dubois Cam Atkinson
Nathan Gerbe Boone Jenner Nick Foligno
Emil Bemstrom Alexander Wennberg Oliver Bjorkstrand
Jakob Lilja Riley Nash Eric Robinson
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Vladislav Gavrikov David Savard
Scott Harrington Markus Nutivaara
Elvis Merzlikins
Veini Vehvilainen
New York Rangers
Artemi Panarin Mika Zibanejad PAvel Buchnevich
Chris Kreider Ryan Strome Jesper Fast
Brett Howden Filip Chytil Kaapo Kakko
Micheal Haley Greg McKegg Steven Fogerty
Jacob Trouba Brady Skjei
Tony DeAngelo Mark Staal
Adam Fox Ryan Lindgren
Alexandar Georgiev
Henrik Lundqvist