New York Rangers at Columbus Blue Jackets Matchup Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, and the New York Rangers will do battle against Artemi Panarin, Zach Werenski, and the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena in a Metropolitan Division showdown. Fox Sports Ohio will showcase the matchup, which gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 10.

New York Rangers at Columbus Blue Jackets Odds

Columbus is 9-7 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.9 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 16 regular season outings, eight of its games have gone under the total, while seven have gone over and none have pushed. The team’s 4-4 SU at home this year.

The Blue Jackets have converted on just 14.5 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that places them in the bottom-5 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 23rd overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 75.9 percent of all penalties.

Averaging 28.0 saves per game with a .909 save percentage, Sergei Bobrovsky (5-6) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Jackets this year. Bobrovsky did just play last night, however, so head coach John Tortorella may choose to give him a breather and turn to Joonas Korpisalo instead (4-2-2 record, .884 save percentage, 3.80 goals against average).

On the other hand, New York is 7-9 straight up (SU) and has earned 1.5 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 16 regular season matches, nine of its games have gone under the total, while six have gone over and none have pushed. As an away team this season, the Rangers are 2-6 SU.

The Rangers have converted on 19.2 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 20th overall and it’s successfully defended 77.8 percent of all penalties.

Henrik Lundqvist (.921 save percentage and 2.65 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for New York. Lundqvist is averaging 31.3 saves per game and has five wins, eight losses, and two overtime losses to his credit.

New York Rangers at Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Predictions

Free Prediction: SU Winner – Blue Jackets, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in four of Columbus’ last five games.
  • New York has managed 27.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Columbus has been attempting 36.4 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • 55.6 percent of Columbus’ wins have come by two or more goals (the team is 5-6 overall in such games) while 42.9 percent of New York’s wins have come by two goals or more (3-4 overall in games decided by at least two goals).
  • New York skaters have given out the 10th-most hits in the league (23.0 per game).