Money Line Pick
The Columbus Blue Jackets have one of the better records in the Eastern Conference this season. They are currently in 4th place in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 25-16-8 and 58 points, which gives them the 6th best record in the Eastern Conference. They have also been one of the best teams this month going 7-2, which includes their current four-game winning streak. They will look to extend the winning streak to five games when they travel to take on the New York Rangers. Meanwhile, the New York Rangers have been competitive this season. However, they are in 7th place in the division with a record of 23-19-4. They are on a current two-game winning streak though, which includes a 3-2 road win over the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Blue Jackets have been the better team for the majority of the season and have been one of the hottest teams in the league lately. As a result, I am going with the Blue Jackets in this match-up.
Over Under Pick
The Columbus Blue Jackets have been one of the lowest-scoring teams this season in the NHL. They enter this game, averaging the 5th fewest goals per game with 2.65. However, they have been one of the best teams in the league lately recording shutout wins in three of their last four games and the one shutout they didn’t register; they only allowed two goals. Meanwhile, The New York Rangers have been one of the highest-scoring teams this season, averaging the 7th most goals per game with 3.37. Defensively, the Rangers have struggled this season, allowing the 8th most goals per game with 3.33. Based on how well Columbus has played defensively lately, I look for the under to be the play in this spot.