Blue Jackets face the Rangers on 3-game losing streak

Posted2/14/2020 7:00 AM

New York Rangers (29-23-4, seventh in the Metropolitan Division) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (30-17-11, fourth in the Metropolitan Division)

Columbus, Ohio; Friday, 7 p.m. EST


BOTTOM LINE: Columbus will try to break its three-game losing streak when the Blue Jackets take on New York.

The Blue Jackets are 10-5-3 against the rest of their division. Columbus averages only 3.1 penalties per game, the least in the league. Pierre-Luc Dubois leads them averaging 0.4.

The Rangers are 10-5-0 against Metropolitan Division opponents. New York is seventh in the NHL averaging 3.3 goals per game, led by Artemi Panarin with 29.

Columbus took down New York 2-1 in the last meeting between these teams on Jan. 19. Oliver Bjorkstrand scored two goals for the Blue Jackets in the victory.

TOP PERFORMERS: Dubois leads the Blue Jackets with 43 points, scoring 17 goals and registering 26 assists. Bjorkstrand has totaled six goals and two assists over the last 10 games for Columbus.

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Panarin leads the Rangers with a plus-28 in 55 games played this season. Mika Zibanejad has scored six goals over the last 10 games for New York.

LAST 10 GAMES: Rangers: 6-4-0, averaging 2.9 goals, 4.8 assists, 2.8 penalties and 5.9 penalty minutes while giving up 2.4 goals per game with a .920 save percentage.

Blue Jackets: 6-1-3, averaging 2.4 goals, 3.4 assists, 2.3 penalties and 5.6 penalty minutes while giving up 1.7 goals per game with a .940 save percentage.

INJURIES: Blue Jackets: Cam Atkinson: out (lower body), Joonas Korpisalo: out (lower body), Alexander Wennberg: out (upper body).

Rangers: None listed.


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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