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Blue Jackets contend with road-warrior Rangers

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

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Blue Jackets contend with road-warrior Rangers
New York Rangers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
RANGERS (17-12-1) at BLUE JACKETS (15-11-1)

TV -- MSG (HD), FS-O (HD)

Last 10 --
New York 7-3-0; Columbus 4-5-1

Season series -- This is the first and only meeting between the two teams. The Rangers chased Steve Mason in a 7-4 victory at Madison Square Garden in their only meeting last season.

Big story -- At 11-4-0, the Rangers are the NHL's best road team. They are winning and gaining confidence after missing last season's playoffs. Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets are in a bit of a funk, having lost six of seven after sharing a tie for first in the Western Conference.

Team scope:

Rangers -- A three-goal third period helped the Rangers rally for a 5-3 win against the Senators on Thursday. It was a little payback for a 3-0 loss to Ottawa on home ice four days earlier.

"It was a really good effort coming back three times," goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said. "I think we were just determined to win this one after a tough loss at home where they got the late goal there. It felt really good the way we responded."

Blue Jackets -- Special teams were the downfall of the Blue Jackets during Thursday night's 4-1 loss to the Blues, who were 3-for-3 on the power play and killed all eight shorthanded situations they faced.

"I thought we played great 5-on-5," captain Rick Nash said. "I thought we were all over them. Special teams was the difference, and not burying our chances."

Who's hot --
Rangers sniper Marian Gaborik has 4 goals and 3 assists in his last 6 games. … Nash has 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 2 games after registering just 1 assist in his previous seven games.

Injury report -- Rangers forward Derek Boogaard (shoulder) and defenseman Steve Eminger (hip) were injured against the Senators and are questionable. … Blue Jackets forward Kristian Huselius (ankle) will not play.

Stat pack -- The Blue Jackets are 3-for-38 with the man advantage over the last seven games, and they've allowed opponents to convert on 9 of 17 chances in the last four. … Gaborik has 13 goals and 22 points in 23 contests against Columbus.

Puck drop -- "It's something you're always going to remember. At every level you remember your first one and it was great that it was a game-winning goal, too. I'm definitely excited." -- Michael Sauer, whose first NHL goal was the winner Thursday

2010-2011 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Dec 11 '10 NYR 1 at CBJ 3 R. Nash
B. Dubinsky31131225-73541
R. Callahan3081321-62632
M. Gaborik188917+4811
D. Stepan3171017-1412
A. Anisimov317815-8412
D. Girardi3121214+51411
S. Avery3111314+410500
B. Boyle3111213+52922
R. Fedotenko315813+71600
E. Christensen305712+41001
M. Staal315611+42032
A. Frolov315611+1601
M. Rozsival222911-31600
B. Prust313710+27600
M. Del Zotto30268-21220
S. Eminger28134-41800
M. Sauer25134+82511
M. Gilroy20033+5000
D. Boogaard22112+04500
T. White15112-1200
E. Grachev6000-2000
J. Williams1000+0000
C. Drury1000-1200
H. Lundqvist2412-11-1596982.57.915
M. Biron95-2-0192142.38.911
R. Nash2716824-11025
R. Umberger2881220+72621
D. Brassard2861319-41232
J. Voracek2851217-3601
A. Vermette288715+72021
C. Clark265712+41720
M. Methot2301010+131200
K. Wilson19459+21000
A. Stralman22088-61200
S. Pahlsson28257-11200
D. Dorsett27257-46200
R. Klesla28167+181200
N. Filatov23077+3800
J. Hejda26246+21200
K. Huselius7325-2420
D. MacKenzie23235+2400
J. Boll21235+17601
K. Russell21235-21000
M. Commodore15224-83502
E. Moreau11134-11401
F. Tyutin26044+21000
A. Murray9123+2200
N. Holden5000+0000
N. Guenin3000-3200
T. Sestito1000+0000
M. Blunden1000-1000
S. Mason189-8-1505562.96.910
M. Garon127-3-0233012.04.924