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Preview: Blue Jackets at Rangers

New York can tie Pittsburgh for second place in Metropolitan Division; Columbus moves into third with victory

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

BLUE JACKETS (38-16-5) at RANGERS (40-19-2)

5 p.m. ET; NHLN, MSG, FS-O, NHL.TV

 

Blue Jackets team scope

The Columbus Blue Jackets are one point behind the New York Rangers for third place in the Metropolitan Division and play their first game on the road since Feb. 7 following a season-high seven-game homestand. The Blue Jackets are 16-7-4 away from home. "We haven't been on the road in a little while," captain Nick Foligno told the Blue Jackets website Saturday. "I think it will be nice to be together again and find a way to get some big wins that we need. Every day is another opportunity for us to move up in the standings or continue to play well and that has to be our focus." Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky will start after backup Joonas Korpisalo made 24 saves in a 7-0 win against the New York Islanders on Saturday. "We played well," coach John Tortorella said. "A lot of things went our way tonight. ... It's only one win and it's only for a few hours. We have another big one tomorrow."

 

Rangers team scope

The Rangers can tie the Pittsburgh Penguins, in terms of points, for second place in the division with a win. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist will start after Antti Raanta made 35 saves in a 4-3 overtime win against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. Lundqvist is 10-2-1 with a 1.91 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage in his past 14 games and has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of those games. New York is 9-1-1 in its past 11 games and 5-0-1 in its past six at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers allowed three goals in less than three minutes against the Devils before rallying for the win. "We battled hard. ... It's a big two points for us, and we are going to get ready for tomorrow" coach Alain Vigneault told the Rangers website after the game. 

 

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Nick Foligno -- Alexander Wennberg -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Boone Jenner -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Cam Atkinson

Markus Hannikainen -- William Karlsson -- Josh Anderson

Scott Hartnell -- Sam Gagner -- Brandon Saad

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Jack Johnson -- David Savard

Ryan Murray -- Markus Nutivaara

Sergei Bobrovsky

Joonas Korpisalo

Scratched: Dalton Prout, Scott Harrington

Injured: Lukas Sedlak (oblique), Matt Calvert (oblique)

 

Rangers projected lineup

Jimmy Vesey -- Derek Stepan -- Rick Nash

Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Mats Zuccarello

Michael Grabner -- Kevin Hayes -- J.T. Miller

Brandon Pirri -- Oscar Lindberg -- Jesper Fast

Ryan McDonagh -- Dan Girardi

Marc Staal -- Nick Holden

Brady Skjei -- Adam Clendening

Henrik Lundqvist

Antti Raanta

Scratched: Matt Puempel

Injured: Kevin Klein (back spasms), Pavel Buchnevich (illness)

 

Status report

Vigneault said a forward is a game-time decision with an lower-body injury and Puempel will play if he can't go. ... Buchnevich, a healthy scratch the past two games, is sick. ... The Blue Jackets will use the same lineup from their win Saturday.

 

Who's hot

Wennberg has six assists in his past three games. ... Foligno has four goals in his past five games. ... Lindberg has two goals in his past three games. ... Kreider had a goal and an assist in the win Saturday.

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