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The New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Thursday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena. The New York Rangers look for a win after winning five of their last six games. The Columbus Blue Jackets look to snap a three-game losing streak.
The New York Rangers are averaging 3 goals per game and are scoring on 24.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Kreider leads New York with 30 goals, Adam Fox has 39 assists, and Mika Zibanejad has 124 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 84.1 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Alexandar Georgiev has given up 47 goals on 481 shots, and Igor Shesterkin has allowed 52 goals on 823 shots.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 15.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Boone Jenner leads Columbus with 16 goals, Jakub Voracek has 26 assists and Zach Werenski has 117 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 79.1 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 68 goals on 769 shots faced, and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 55 goals on 462 shots.
The Rangers are 2-6 in their last 8 Thursday games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Blue Jackets are 1-5 in their last 6 home games and 6-15 in their last 21 overall. The under is 12-5-1 in Rangers last 18 overall. The over is 36-17-2 in Blue Jackets last 55 overall. The Rangers are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are having a rough week, and them being on the end of a back to back likely doesn’t help things. The New York Rangers are piling up the wins again, they’ve been one of the better road teams in the league, and they’ve won four of the last five meetings in Columbus. I have to side with the Rangers, and I’ll take the PL for max betting value.