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Game Day Hub: Jackets at Rangers

by BlueJackets.com Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

         

 

          






Matt Calvert Post Game

Jack Johnson Post Game

Todd Richards Post Game

Brandon Dubinsky Goal


Marko Dano Goal

ANALYSIS: After a slow start for both sides, the Blue Jackets and Rangers kicked up the tempo midway through the first period and we've got a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers opened the scoring, getting a goal from Marty St. Louis on a broken play that started with the Jackets pinching in the offensive zone and getting caught up ice. Kevin Hayes started the breakout and St. Louis cleaned up the initial shot that was blocked, and it was 1-0 Rangers at 5:38. A couple of power plays for Columbus weren't very desirable, but the fourth line tied the game late in the first on a great play by Matt Calvert. Calvert stripped Ryan McDonagh of the puck in the offensive zone, handed it to Jeremy Morin and the puck eventually laid in the crease for Calvert to tap it in at 17:20. Shots are 13-10 favoring the Jackets.

Matt Calvert Goal

Matt Calvert Pregame

Cam Atkinson Pregame

Todd Richards Pregame

UPDATE (12:35 PM) Todd Richards announced that Fedor Tyutin will be a game-time decision tonight.

- Nick Foligno was named the NHL's Third Star of the Week today. He is the third Blue Jacket to earn Star of the Week recognition in the past four weeks, joining Scott Hartnell and Cam Atkinson.

UPDATE (11:35 AM) The Blue Jackets appear to be going with the same lineup for tonight's contest that they used on Saturday. For a reminder, here are the lines the Jackets are expected to go with tonight...

Atkinson-Johansen-Jenner

Hartnell-Wennberg-Dano

Anisimov-Dubinsky-Foligno

Calvert-Letestu-Morin

- Fedor Tyutin is not on the ice for morning skate. Justin Falk is taking his place in line rushes, skating with Dalton Prout.

- Sergei Bobrovsky will start in goal for the ninth consecutive game.

Start spreading the news... It's a Jackets Game Day!

The Blue Jackets take their nine-game winning streak, and eight-game road winning streak, into Madison Square Garden for their final meeting with the NHL-leading Rangers. The Rangers are winners of three straight and need four points over their final four games to capture their first Presidents' Trophy since 1994.

Henrik Lundqvist will be in the net for the Rangers, his fifth start since returning from a scary vascular injury in his neck. Lundqvist is 3-1-0 in that span. He'll likely be part of a pretty exciting goaltending duel against Sergei Bobrovksy, who is 12-1-0 in his last 13 starts.

- The Blue Jackets have beaten seven playoff-positioned teams in their nine game winning streak, four of them on the road.

- Marko Dano returned to the lineup against the Penguins after serving as a healthy scratch against the Islanders. Don't be surprised to see him in the lineup again today after two assists on Saturday. Dano has two goals and four points in two career games against the Rangers, along with a plus-3 rating.

- Defenseman Ryan Murray will take part in the morning skate today. His status for the game is uncertain.

- The "Comeback Jackets" might have found their mojo in their last visit to MSG, overcoming a 3-0 deficit to force a shootout. The Rangers won the shootout, the second of Columbus' only two losses in the breakaway contest this season.

- That said, another two-goal comeback shouldn't be a strategy in New York no matter how well the Jackets have responded to adversity. The Rangers are the only team in the NHL ranked in the top-5 for both goals per game and goals-against per game. They are third in the league in both.

- Todd Richards can move closer to Blue Jackets history tonight with a win. A victory would tie him with Ken Hitchcock for most coaching wins in Blue Jackets history with 125.

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