Tonight's game marks the third time this season the Rangers and Blue Jackets have met. The Blue Jackets to the first meeting in Chicago, with the Rangers taking the next at Madison Square Garden.
The Blue Jackets enter tonight's game winners of two straight over Montreal and Detroit. Artemi Panarin leads the way with 13 points in 19 games, followed by defenseman Seth Jones' 12 in 19 games.
Players to Watch
Smith will get his first action since Oct. 31 against the Vegas Golden Knights, and he'll no doubt look to improve on the directions given to him by the coaching staff that led to his removal late last month. On area Alain Vigneault mentioned is Smith playing with more of the physical edge he brought to the team at least year's trade deadline, and a matchup with Columbus should offer Smith amble opportunity to finish his checks.
Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is off to another Vezina-worthy season for the Blue Jackets. The reigning top netminder is second in goals against average, sixth in save percentage, and is tied for seventh in wins with 10. Despite his strong career numbers, Bobrovsky has struggled against the Rangers and enters tonight's game just 6-10-2 against New York in 19 games.
"Whenever you've sat, even for whatever the period has been, you want to prove yourself that you should be there on a day-to-day basis, but you've got to play your game. There is that happy medium, but for myself, I think I've been around the league long enough that I've seen it and I understand it. I know when I'm playing my best when I'm letting the game come to me and I'm playing aggressive, making good reads and helping us break out the puck." - Brendan Smith on returning to the lineup.
Over the course of his career, Shattenkirk has not gone two consecutive games against the Blue Jackets without recording a point. He has tallied a point in six of his last eight games against Columbus, registering eight points (three goals, five assists) over the span.
Posted 2017-11-17 6:37 PM (#687775 - in reply to #687690) Subject: Re: Game 20: New York Rangers @ Columbus Blue Jackets 11/17/17 - 7pm - MSG+/NHLN-US/TVAS
Holy crap 19 shots by Columbus in one period? This was the same problem in the Hawks game. At some point Lundqvist will crack and this game will be over. Let's see if they learned anything from last game or not, when they come out for the third period.
Posted 2017-11-18 6:59 AM (#687849 - in reply to #687690) Subject: Re: Game 20: New York Rangers @ Columbus Blue Jackets 11/17/17 - 7pm - MSG+/NHLN-US/TVAS
Location: AV is gone
We need more pieces...what we have is not good enough ...they are a soft wishy washy team ....Ottawa proved that last Spring. The coach has to go. Why is Sather traveling all around North America scouting teams? Where the F is Gorton?