RANGERS (1-3-0) at BLUE JACKETS (2-1-0)
7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN1, TVA Sports, FS-O, MSG, NHL.TV
The New York Rangers come to Nationwide Arena on Friday trying to avoid their worst start since the 2013-14 season, when they began 1-4-0. After hosting the Rangers, the Columbus Blue Jackets play their next 10 games outside of the Metropolitan Division.
Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will start for the Rangers. He is 7-2-0 in his past 10 games against the Blue Jackets. Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has stopped 66 of 67 shots (.985 save percentage) and has an 0.48 goals-against average in two games, but is 5-9-2 in his career against the Rangers.
Players to watch
Center Mika Zibanejad has scored half of the Rangers' goals. He is the second New York player to score in each of the first four games of the season; the other is teammate and former Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash in 2014-15.
Rookie forward Sonny Milano can set a Blue Jackets' record if he scores in a fourth straight game to start the season. He is tied with Kristian Huselius, who scored in each of the first three games in 2010-11. Milano has four goals, tops among NHL rookies, including the overtime winner in a 2-1 victory at the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.
They said it
"It's going to be a tough test going into a building that can be pretty rowdy and a team that's obviously shown they've gotten better this year. We all took a step back and looked at the game against St. Louis and realized there's still a lot we can correct." -- Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk
"I'm enjoying that aspect of the game, where I'm kind of being a mentor and help them in the game." -- Nick Foligno, 29, on centering Sonny Milano, 21, and Oliver Bjorkstrand, 22
Rangers projected lineup
Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Pavel Buchnevich
Jimmy Vesey -- Kevin Hayes -- Mats Zuccarello
Michael Grabner -- J.T. Miller -- Rick Nash
Paul Carey -- David Desharnais -- Adam Cracknell
Ryan McDonagh -- Marc Staal
Brady Skjei -- Kevin Shattenkirk
Nick Holden -- Brendan Smith
Scratched: Steven Kampfer, Tony DeAngelo
Injured : Jesper Fast (hip)
Blue Jackets projected lineup
Artemi Panarin -- Alexander Wennberg -- Cam Atkinson
Sonny Milano -- Nick Foligno -- Oliver Bjorkstrand
Matt Calvert -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Josh Anderson
Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Lukas Sedlak -- Zac Dalpe
Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones
Jack Johnson -- David Savard
Ryan Murray -- Gabriel Carlsson
Scratched: Markus Hannikainen, Scott Harrington
Injured : Boone Jenner (middle body)
Neither the Rangers nor Blue Jackets held a morning skate. … Smith is expected to return after being a healthy scratch the past two games, replacing Kampfer. … Dalpe will take Hannikainen's spot in the lineup after being scratched for the past two games.
New York is fourth in the NHL on the power play at 31.3 percent (5-for-16). Zibanejad has four of the Rangers' five power-play goals. Grabner has five goals in seven career games at Nationwide Arena. … Foligno has an assist in each game this season.