Rangers vs Blue Jackets by the numbers: Blueshirts back to work

The New York Rangers will face the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second time this season. After four days off, they will look to take all the practice time and see how well it translates into a game.

Here’s the game day preview by the numbers.

NYR: 7-3-3 (17 POINTS)
CBJ: 7-3-0 (14 POINTS)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2021 – 7:00 PM ET NATIONWIDE ARENA
TV: MSG
RADIO: ESPN 98.7 FM

Rangers last game: 4-3 win vs Florida Panthers

RANGERS VS. BLUE JACKETS

All-Time: 21-16-1-3 (9-6-1-3 at home; 12-10-0-0 on the road)

In the Rangers last five games against the Jackets they have picked up points in four of them (3-1-1).

New York blanked the Jackets 4-0 earlier this season.

Rangers to watch for in Columbus:

Chris Kreider – 29 GP, 13G-6A—10P – Kreider is the Rangers’ all-time leader in goals against the Blue Jackets. He has points in eight of his last 11 games (10G-1A) against Columbus.

Mika Zibanejad – 16 GP, 4G-13A—17P – Zibanejad has 10 points (2G-8A) in his last 11 games against the Blue Jackets including a plus-3 rating. Zibanejad has points in four of his last six games against Columbus (5A) dating back to Jan. 13, 2019.

Artemi Panarin – 8 GP, 5G-7A – 12P – Against his former team, Panarin has five points (1G-4A) in his last four games since becoming a Ranger. In total with Chicago and New York, Panarin has points six of eight games against Columbus, including four games with multiple points (2 two-point games, 2 three-point games).

Ryan Strome – 24 GP, 7G-5A—12P – Strome has points (3G-2A) in five of seven games as a Ranger, against Columbus.

Jacob Trouba – 16 GP, 3G-8A—11P – Trouba has points three of four games (1G-2A) against the Blue Jackets as a member of the Rangers.

Per New York Rangers Game Notes

Oct 29, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) scores a goal against Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (90) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers by the numbers

Road Tested: When the puck drops in Columbus it will be the Rangers 10th road game of season. That is currently the second most in the league behind the Islanders (11), who are still waiting for their new arena in Belmont to open. Their five road wins have them tied for the most in the NHL and their 12 road points have them tied with the Islanders for most in the league.

He’s Got The Power: Chris Kreider leads the NHL with 6 power play goals.

Back-to-Back Struggles: The Rangers have already played two back-to-backs and have not faired well.

  • 10/13 – 10/14: 0-1-1 (Lost to WSH, OTL loss to DAL)
  • 11/5 – 11/6: 0-1-1 (OTL loss to EDM, Loss to CGY)

Key Rangers:

Filip Chytil is OUT.

Artemi Panarin’s 8 power play points has his tied for third in the NHL.

Adam Fox’s 13 points are tied for most in the NHL by a defenseman.

Rangers Milestones within reach

Chris Kreider is 1 goal from passing Dean Prentice for 14th place on NYR all-time scoring list and tying Brian Hextall Sr. for 13th (187). Hextall scored the Cup winning goal in 1940.

Mika Zibanejad is 1 overtime goal away from tying Cecil Dillon, Butch Keeling and Brian Leetch (7 each) for the most overtime goals by a player in Rangers history. He’s 5 points away from his 300th point as a Blueshirt.

Alexandar Georgiev is 1 game away from 100 in his NHL career.

Barclay Goodrow is 1 point away from 100 career points.

Ryan Strome is 2 games away from 200 with the Rangers.

Rangers Special Teams

  • NYR PP is running at a 20.9%
  • NYR PK is up a bit to 81.4%

*All Stats and Info courtesy New York Rangers

Three Keys for victory

  • After a long lay off, it takes time to find your wheels so play it safe in the first period
  • Special teams will be key against a solid Blue Jackets team
  • Protect the goalie!

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