New York Rangers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 1/19/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Rangers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 1/19/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets (25-16-8) at New York Rangers (23-19-4)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Rangers / Columbus Blue Jackets --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers meet Sunday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.

The Columbus Blue Jackets look for another win after winning six of their last seven games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Pierre-Luc Dubois leads Columbus with 15 goals, Gustav Nyquist has 21 assists and Cam Atkinson has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 78 goals on 901 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 40 goals on 505 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed two combined goals in their last four games.

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The New York Rangers look to stay hot after winning four of their last five games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 21 percent of their power play opportunities. Artemi Panarin leads New York with 26 goals, Pavel Buchnevich has 18 assists and Jacob Trouba has 117 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 75 goals on 803 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 62 goals on 713 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or less goals in five of their last six games.

The Blue Jackets are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Metropolitan, 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 Sunday games. The Rangers are 5-0 in their last 5 home games, 6-13 in their last 19 games playing on 2 days rest and 7-19 in their last 26 Sunday games. The under is 4-0 in Blue Jackets last 4 overall. The over is 13-2-1 in Rangers last 16 overall. The Blue Jackets are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in New York and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The favorite is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The over is 10-2 in the last 12 meetings in New York and 14-6 in the last 20 meetings.

The New York Rangers are playing better hockey and have a big advantage given home ice and rest. However, the Columbus Blue Jackets have simply been on a tear defensively during this winning stretch and they're hard to bet against in this current form. I wouldn't be shocked if the New York Rangers keep their home winning streak alive, but the Blue Jackets are playing way too well to bet against right now. 

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Randy’s Pick Columbus Blue Jackets

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