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Game #58 Preview: Blue Jackets visit Rangers

Nov 12, 2023; New York, New York, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski (8) and New York Rangers left wing Alexis Lafreniere (13) chases the puck in the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 – 7:00 PM EST
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
TV: Bally Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Site: Blueshirt Banter

Columbus Blue Jackets (19-28-10, 48 points, 8th Metro, 16th East)


New York Rangers (39-17-3, 81 points, 1st Metro, 3rd East)

Somehow the Blue Jackets have taken 5 out of 6 possible points in their series against the Rangers this season. They clinched the season series with their win on Sunday, but can they make it 7 points out of 8 tonight?

Player to Watch

Artemi Panarin

Erstwhile Blue Jacket Panarin is having the best season of his already great career. His goal in Columbus on Sunday was his 33rd, which set a career high in just 59 games. He has 79 points already, which would already be tied for the 3rd most points in a season in CBJ franchise history (Rick Nash, 2008-09, behind Panarin’s 82 and 87 point seasons here).

Season Series

10/14/2023 NYR 3 @ CBJ 5
11/12/2023 CBJ 3 @ NYR 4 (SO)
02/25/2024 NYR 2 @ CBJ 4
02/28/2024 CBJ @ NYR


NY RangersColumbus
3.32 (8)GPG2.95 (22)
2.73 (6)GAPG3.67 (31)
24.9 (6)PP%14.6 (29)
82.9 (4)PK%76.7 (25)
49.3 (20)5v5 Shot Attempt %48.2 (22)
49.9 (19)5v5 Unblocked Shot Attempt %48.4 (21)
8.5 (16)5v5 Shooting %9.4 (8)
91.5 (12)5v5 Save %90.9 (19)
Artemi Panarin, 33G LeaderBoone Jenner, 18
Artemi Panarin, 46A LeaderJohnny Gaudreau, 34
Artemi Panarin, 79P LeaderJohnny Gaudreau, 42
Jacob Trouba, 48PIM LeaderErik Gudbranson, 57
9-1-0Last 104-5-1

Projected Lines

Columbus Blue Jackets

Johnny GaudreauBoone JennerJack Roslovic
Yegor ChinakhovDmitri VoronkovKirill Marchenko
Kent JohnsonCole SillingerAlex Nylander
Justin DanforthSean KuralyMathieu Olivier
Zach WerenskiAdam Boqvist
Ivan ProvorovDamon Severson
Jake BeanErik Gudbranson
Daniil Tarasov
Elvis Merzlikins

New York Rangers

Chris KreiderMika ZibanejadKaapo Kakko
Artemi PanarinVincent TrocheckAlexis Lafreniere
Will CuyleJonny BrodzinskiJimmy Vesey
Adam EdstromBarclay GoodrowMatthew Rempe
Ryan LindgrenAdam Fox
K’Andre MillerJacob Trouba
Erik GustafssonBraden Schneider
Igor Shesterkin
Jonathan Quick