Rangers feeling Presidential as they take on the Blue Jackets (CBJ v NYR 7PM)
As the Rangers continue towards the best record in the league and inch closer to the President’s Trophy, red-hot Columbus stands in their way. The Jackets are on a 9 game winning streak and have also won 8 straight on the road. However, if the Rangers have taught us anything lately it’s that they can beat anyone.
GAME 79: Columbus Blue Jackets v. New York Rangers, Madison Square Garden, NY 7PM
The Blueshirts took down the undefeated Andrew Hammond in Ottawa and beat one of the hottest teams in the league in Minnesota. Although Columbus has been on fire recently, the Rangers are on a 3 game win streak of their own. NY sports a 24-10-5 record to go along with a league leading 50 wins.
The Rangers magic number to win the President’s Trophy is 4.
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Alain Vigneault is the 4th Head Coach in #NYR history to win 50 in a season. He’s the only NHL Head Coach with 3 50-win seasons since 10-11.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) April 5, 2015
Rangers’ Magic Number to clinch East is now 3. To clinch Presidents’ Trophy is 4. Four games left.
— Rangers Report (@rangersreport) April 5, 2015
SEASON SERIES (2-1 NYR)
Via Blueshirts United: Tuesday marks the fourth and final meeting this season between the Rangers and Blue Jackets. After dropping a 5-2 road decision in Columbus in the second game of the season all the way back on October 11, the Rangers have won two straight against the Blue Jackets–2-1 on January 16 in Columbus and a 4-3 shootout victory on February 22 at The Garden.
Cam Talbot has started two of the first three games against the Blue Jackets, splitting his decisions, while Henrik Lundqvist backstopped the win on January 16, stopping 35 of 36 shots. In that contest Marc Staal and Chris Kreider scored for New York and Derek Stepan notched a pair of assists. In the most recent contest, played at MSG in February, Martin St. Louis scored twice in regulation and once in the shootout, with Rick Nash netting the decisive goal in the shootout against his former team.
Overall New York has won three of its last four against Columbus, though the Rangers have also lost two of their last three home games against the Blue Jackets.