Rangers Look To Be Beasts of the East, After West Homestand

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Following successful visits from Western Conference competition, the New York Rangers will look to do something their opponents were unable to do last week…win on the road.

The Rangers will take on Metropolitan Division competition once more, taking on the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at Nationwide Arena (7:30, MSG/NBCSN).

The Rangers (36-18-1) will be looking to extend a five-game winning streak, one that continued with the celebration of Henrik Lundqvist‘s 400th career win on Saturday night in a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, wrapping up a four-game homestand. The Rangers trailed 2-1 after two periods, but three unanswered goals, as well as 17 saves from Lundqvist in the third period captured victory. Kevin Klein had two goals, while Rick Nash scored the game winner while Kevin Hayes added an empty netter. Oscar Lindberg had two assists.

The Blue Jackets (35-14-5) have struggled slightly since their 16-game winning streak ended on January 5, but managed a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. Sergei Bobrovsky had 35 saves in the win, while Boone Jenner and Cam Atkinson scored the goals. Ex-Ranger Brandon Dubinsky assisted on each. The Jackets currently hold down the final automatic playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division.

This will be the fourth of five meetings between the Rangers and Blue Jackets, with Columbus thus far leading the series 2-1. The last game was a wild affair at Madison Square Garden, with the Rangers falling behind 6-0 before scoring four third period goals to make it 6-4. In the last game at Nationwide Arena, the Rangers completed the comeback, making up a 4-1 deficit, with Michael Grabner scoring both the game tying and game winning goals in what became a 5-4 Rangers win. The two teams will meet one last time on February 26.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490


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