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Game Day Central: Blue Jackets at Rangers

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WATCH: James Wisniewski rips one home to make it a 3-1 lead.

SECOND PERIOD ANALYSIS: Thanks to some strong play by their goaltender, the Blue Jackets hold a 3-1 lead after two periods despite being out-shot 31-20 to this point. They've been opportunistic and pretty sound defensively, but Bobrovsky has been sharp between the pipes. Cam Atkinson gave Columbus a 2-1 lead by stealing the puck at the blue line from Anton Stralman, and then finishing off his signature forehand move through the legs of Lundqvist. Then, late in the period shortly after killing off a Rangers power play, Dubinsky laid a great pass across the zone to a streaking WIsniewski, who whipped a wrister over the shoulder of Lundqvist to make it a 3-1 game. 

GOAL AUDIO: James Wisniewski off the rush! 

Cam Atkinson, forehand deke. Breakaway goal. 2-1 Columbus.

GOAL AUDIO: Cam Atkinson on the breakaway!

GOAL AUDIO: Brandon Dubinsky's 8th of the season

INTERVIEW: Jarmo Kekalainen first intermission

WATCH: Brandon Dubinsky's eighth goal of the season in the first period.

FIRST PERIOD ANALYSIS: Quite the pace to the first 20 minutes at Madison Square Garden, and it's not all that surprising to see a 1-1 tie on the scoreboard. The Blue Jackets struck first on a goal from Brandon Dubinsky, thanks to a point shot from Wisniewski that was redirected on the way in. Rick Nash, in his second career game against his former team, leveled things up 1-1 late in the period with a power play goal. Sergei Bobrovsky, making his first start since Dec. 3, was pretty sharp in the first period making 15 saves on 16 shots.

PRE GAME AUDIO: Brandon Dubinsky | Ryan Craig | Todd Richards

WATCH: Brandon Dubinsky talks about an important game tonight vs. the Rangers.

WATCH: Ryan Craig chats with Bob McElligott prior to tonight's game in New York.

WATCH: Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards' pre-game press conference prior to Jackets-Rangers at MSG.

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UPDATE (12:45 PM):
Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards confirmed this morning that Sergei Bobrovsky will start in goal tonight. It's his first start since suffering a groin injury on Dec. 3 against Tampa Bay.

UPDATE (11:05 AM):
The Blue Jackets have taken the ice at Chelsea Piers and the morning skate is underway. Stay tuned right here for all the latest game day updates, interviews and photos.

UPDATE (11:00 AM):
The Rangers have announced Henrik Lundqvist as their starting goaltender tonight. He makes his second start against the Blue Jackets this season. 

 We've reached the end of this four-game trip and it concludes with a divisional game against the New York Rangers. The Blue Jackets are scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. (local time) morning skate at Chelsea Piers and we'll have complete coverage for you right here at Game Day Central all afternoon. Also, look for lineup changes, thoughts on the match-up against the Rangers, storylines from the other side and an interview with coach Todd Richards. Stay tuned to this page for the latest!

The Blue Jackets were hoping that Matt Calvert could return to the lineup Monday in New York, but according to Aaron Portzline of the Dispatch, that does not appear to be happening.

Instead, Calvert may wait to make his return Friday night at home when the Blue Jackets take on the Carolina Hurricanes, and it's possible that Dalton Prout may also return at that point. But the big news from New York is between the pipes: Sergei Bobrovsky is set to make his first start in the Blue Jackets' net since Dec. 3, when he suffered a groin injury in the third period.

Forward lines and defense pairs are likely to remain as they did Saturday night in St. Louis.  

Well, the Blue Jackets and Rangers couldn't come into this game as more polar opposites. 

Two nights ago in Toronto, the Rangers put an absolute beatdown on the Maple Leafs, scoring seven times in a 7-1 win at Air Canada Centre that left the home fans booing their team off the ice. It could have been worse, though; the Rangers had a goal disallowed in the third period that probably should have counted, but at that point, the game was well in hand.

The Blue Jackets held a 2-0 lead after one period at Scottrade Center in St. Louis despite not playing their best period, and in the second period, the Blues cranked up the heat. Their forechecking intensified, their puck pursuit went up a notch and they put as many pucks as they could toward the Columbus net. St. Louis quickly erased the two-goal deficit, scoring six unanswered goals to beat the Blue Jackets 6-2 and win their 29th game of the season. 

So here we are, a Monday night game at Madison Square Garden between two teams looking to gain ground in the Metropolitan Division. It's becoming quite the familar storyline.

The Blue Jackets want to head back to Columbus with two points and a 2-2-0 record on the road trip which began with a New Year's Eve loss in Denver (a game in which they let two leads slip away), included Nathan Horton's club debut in Phoenix and then Saturday's disappointing loss in St. Louis. There have been some highs, some lows, but only one victory and they're looking to even that ledger before coming home to play nine of their next 12 at Nationwide Arena

Game time is 7 p.m. from MSG and you can catch the action live on FOX Sports Ohio and the Blue Jackets Radio Network.



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