RANGERS CREATE LOG JAM IN TIGHT EASTERN CONFERENCE
The Columbus Blue Jackets tied the game in the third period, but Jimmy Vesey scored the game-winner just 1:35 later as the New York Rangers won 3-2 for their sixth straight victory. They're also 8-1-0 in their last nine road games.
* New York (37-18-1, 75 points) moved into a tie in terms of points with the Pittsburgh Penguins (34-13-7, 75 points) and Blue Jackets (35-15-5, 75 points) for second place in the Eastern Conference.
* Vesey's goal was his fourth game-winning goal of the season, tied for second among rookies with Patrik Laine and Mitchell Marner. Only Auston Matthews (six) has more game-winners.
* J.T. Miller had an assist to extend his point streak to seven games (2-9-11), matching his NHL career-high from Dec. 29 - Jan. 14 (5-5-10 in 7 GP). Miller leads the Rangers with 18-28-46 this season, establishing NHL career highs in assists and points.
Video: Hayes, Raanta come up big in 3-2 win over Jackets
Home Team in Caps
NY Rangers 3, COLUMBUS 2
Arizona 5, CALGARY 0
SMITH MATCHES FRANCHISE RECORD IN COYOTES WIN
Mike Smith made 36 saves to earn his 21st shutout with the Arizona Coyotes (second this season) and help the Coyotes improve to 6-2-1 in their past nine games. Smith moved into a tie with Nikolai Khabibulin and Ilya Bryzgalov for the most shutouts in Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
* Rookie forward Christian Dvorak (2-1-3) had his first NHL three-point game, his third multipoint game in his past five (5-2-7).
Video: Smith ties franchise shutout record in win vs. Flames
STADIUM SERIES CONSTRUCTION BEGINS IN PITTSBURGH
Preparations are underway for the fourth and final outdoor game of the season as Heinz Field in Pittsburgh began its transformation for the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, which will feature the Flyers and Penguins on Feb. 25 (8 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports 2, NHL.TV). The venue hosted one previous outdoor game, the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, where the Capitals defeated the Penguins 3-1.
Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby unveiled a You Can Play themed mask, which will be auctioned off in support of Hockey Is For Everyone. … The Capitals held a hockey clinic and the Calgary Flames hosted 10 new Canadians as part of Hockey Is For Everyone month. … Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville, St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen and Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson were named the NHL "Three Stars" for the week. … The NHL unveiled original portraits of Johnny Bucyk and Glenn Hall, two of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian.
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Colorado @ New Jersey, 7 p.m., MSG, ALT, NHL.TV
Vancouver @ Pittsburgh, 7 p.m., SN, TVAS, NHLN-US, ROOT, NHL.TV
NY Islanders @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m., TSN4, MSG+, NHL.TV
Buffalo @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., TSN5, RDS, MSG-B, NHL.TV
Anaheim @ Minnesota, 8 p.m., FS-WI, FS-N+, PRIME, NHL.TV
Dallas @ Winnipeg, 8 p.m., TSN3, FS-SW, NHL.TV
Arizona @ Edmonton, 9 p.m., SNW, FS-A, NHL.TV
TOP SCORERS RETURN TO ACTION
Two of the top three scorers in the NHL take the ice tonight:
* Connor McDavid (18-43-61) looks to add to his League-leading point total when the Edmonton Oilers (29-19-8, 66 points) host the Coyotes (19-28-7, 45 points), who are 3-0-1 in their past four games. The Oilers are third in the Pacific Division, six points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings (28-23-4, 60 points), who occupy the final wild card in the Western Conference.
* Sidney Crosby (30-30-60) continues his pursuit of 1,000 NHL points (368-630-998 in 755 GP) when the Penguins (34-13-7, 75 points) welcome the Vancouver Canucks (25-25-6, 56 points) to PPG Paints Arena. The Penguins, who are part of a three-way tie in terms of points for second place in the Metropolitan Division, rank second in the League in home wins (22) and home points (47) this season.