|NEW YORK RANGERS|
24-13-7 (55 points; .538%)
ROSTER / SCHEDULE
7:00 P.M. – MONDAY, JANUARY 16
Bally Sports Ohio
ESPN+ (Out of Market)
Through the first half of the season, the Columbus Blue Jackets have just one win of more than three goals — a 5-1 win over the New York Rangers in the second week of the season.
The loss remains tied for their biggest defeat of the season, so it's easy to imagine that Artemi Panarin and the Rangers come into Columbus on Monday night with a desire to shake one of their worst losses of the season.
The Blue Jackets, meanwhile, had another four-goal lead in their win Saturday night in Detroit. The Red Wings scored three unanswered goals in the final frame to make it a 4-3 final, but it didn't feel that close.
Monday, the Rangers and Blue Jackets face off for the first time since that 5-1 victory — and for the first time this season at Nationwide Arena. Here's what to know when the divisional rivals meet for the second of four times in the 2022-23 campaign:
|ODDS OF CBJ WIN PER MONEYPUCK||40%|
|ODDS OF CBJ WIN PER THE 538||39%|
|CAESAR'S SPORTSBOOK BETTING||NYR -205|
|RANGERS: LAST THREE GAMES|
|TUE, 1/10||vs. Wild||W, 4-3 SO|
|THU, 1/12||vs. Stars||W, 2-1 OT|
|SUN, 1/15||vs.Canadiens||L, 2-1|
|RANGERS: TEAM LEADERS|
TALKING POINTS: RANGERS
Gerard Gallant's bunch comes into Columbus with four straight games decided by one goal. The first three took overtime and the last one was a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday afternoon.
The Rangers are a balanced team, as evident by the evenly-distributed scoring. Mike Zibanejad and Chris Kreider are tied for the team lead with 19 goals, but five Rangers are in double figures in goals and two more are one away. Artemi Panarin, who has 12 goals, leads the team in points (46) and leads all forwards in assists (35).
- Last year's Vezina winner, Igor Shesterkin, is having another top-notch season. In 33 starts, the 27-year-old has a 2.43 goals against average and .918 save percentage. Sheshterkin has allowed three goals or less in 13 of his last 14 starts.
ICE TIME (AGAIN)
Another game, another question of ice time. The two Blue Jackets who saw the least amount of time on ice in Saturday's win? Kirill Marchenko (9:30) and Kent Johnson (9:41) — two of the bright spots in a season of woe. Despite the limited time, Johnson picked up an assist and both players were a +1 in plus/minus. Ultimately, Columbus won the game, so it's tough to say too much.
SLOWLY GETTING HEALTHY
Boone Jenner and Nick Blankenburg made their returns to the lineup over the last week, and the Columbus injury report is beginning to look at least a little normal (knock on wood). In the case of Blankenburg, the next few months are important for him to show continued development as a defenseman, especially given the setback this year of a broken ankle.
Updated: 7:05 a.m. // Subject to Change
|13||Johnny Gaudreau||96||Jack Roslovic||29||Patrik Laine|
|50||Eric Robinson||38||Boone Jenner||14||Gus Nyquist|
|86||Kirill Marchenko||91||Kent Johnson||52||Emil Bemstrom|
|19||Liam Foudy||7||Sean Kuraly||24||Mathieu Olivier|
|4||Vladislav Gavrikov||27||Adam Boqvist|
|75||Tim Berni||44||Eric Gudbranson|
|77||Nick Blankenburg||2||Andrew Peeke|
|70||Joonas Korpisalo||90||Elvis Merzlikins|