Game 22: Battle in the Big Apple

One regulation loss in their last 10. Second in the Central. Powerplay ranked second in the NHL. Penalty kill improving. The Jackets seem to have figured things out, and after a string of poor play, the ship seems to have been righted. The Rangers on the other hand are struggling. They aren't putting up offense, and for a team coached by John Tortorella this is a huge concern. The Jackets have simply dominated the Eastern Conference over the last couple of seasons, so this game has the makings of a big win for the C, B and J.

I had been o-fer in my fearless predictions until last game, when I predicted RJ to have a big game and get off his snide. Hopefully that was the start to a run of correct predictions. I've predicted that Mase has a huge game and gets a doughnut, so here's hoping it comes true!

Same lineup as last game, with Sestito and Russ the healthies. Mike Blunden looked very good playing with Sammy and Chimmer, and I look for him to have another solid game. I wonder if Hitch will match the Pahlsson line or Nasher's line up against Prospal and Garborik?

Regardless- this should be a fun one at MSG. Go Jackets!

Fearless Prediction- Mason takes advantage of the Rangers scoring woes, and gets rewarded with his strong play of late. SHUTOUT!

Game Time: 7:00pm ET

Opponent's Blog: Blueshirt Banter

Game Page: Blue Jackets vs Rangers Coverage

TSN Preview: Blue Jackets vs Rangers Preview

TV: FSN Ohio

Radio: WBNS-AM (1460); WWCD-FM (101.1)

More after the jump...

From the Columbus Dispatch:

These are two teams going in opposite directions. The Jackets have only one regulation loss in their last 10 games. The Rangers have lost three straight and are struggling to score goals. They have been held to two goals or fewer in eight of the last 10 games.

Jackets Links:

Columbus Blue Jackets / Columbus Blue Jackets Schedule

Columbus Blue Jackets Roster / Columbus Blue Jackets Stats

Here are the lineups for tonight's tilt:

Columbus Blue Jackets

Kristian Huselius
Antoine Vermette
Rick Nash
R.J. Umberger
Derick Brassard
Jakub Voracek
Jason Chimera Samuel Pahlsson
Mike Blunden
Raffi Torres
Derek MacKenzie
Jared Boll

Fedor Tyutin Anton Stralman
Rostislav Klesla
Jan Hejda
Marc Methot
Mike Commodore
Steve Mason
Mathieu Garon

EXTRA: Kris Russell, Tom Sestito

INJURED: Fredrik Modin, Andrew Murray, Derek Dorsett

New York Rangers

Christopher Higgins
Vaclav Prospal
Marian Gaborik
P.A. Parenteau
Ryan Callahan
Enver Lisin
Sean Avery
Artem Anisimov
Ales Kotalik
Donald Brashear
Brian Boyle
Aaron Voros
Marc Staal
Daniel Girardi
Wade Redden
Matt Gilroy
Michael Del Zotto
Michal Rozsival
Henrik Lundqvist
Stephen Valiquette

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