Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New York Rangers / NHL – Each series comes to an end and so the winning series of Columbus was stopped in the last round away by Washington. Columbus has after a great game in the last two months played one of the worst matches and in the end they suffered a convincing defeat. Now they are back in their hall, where they will welcome the always unpleasant New York Rangers, which are currently third in the Eastern Conference. Begins: 08.01.2017. – 01:00 CET
Columbus Blue Jackets
When they at the end of November last year defeated Tampa Bay Lightning at home with high 5:1, no one hoped that Columbus would be invincible in the upcoming period. They made a series of 16 wins in a row and also broke the record of the club. Players of Columbus have played great and thanks to this incredible winning series, they took over the top position. They currently have three points over Pittsburgh and New York Rangers. This will be a good opportunity for the host hockey players to record a victory and thus increase the advantage over their next opponent.
Before the start of the championship, Columbus has had only one goal and that was to win placement in the playoffs. Last season, they were one of the worst teams in the league, and no one gave a good chance to Blue Jackets before the start of the new season in NHL. Not even the most optimistic fans were not hoping that Columbus would be the leader of the Eastern Conference after 37 games played. Their winning series was ended in the last round when they lost to Washington. Columbus has not done much in that match. In the end, they experienced a convincing defeat of 5:0. They will play the next two games in their hall. After Rangers, they will face Philadelphia.
New York Rangers
Before the start of the season the Rangers were the main favourites to win the Stanley Cup. Bookmakers gave them great chances and it was expected that these three teams will be fighting for the first place of the Eastern Conference. Rangers had an excellent start in the new season and they experienced only four defeats in the first 17 games. They fell slightly in shape in the following season but they suffered six defeats in the next ten matches, while they celebrated only four times. After a small crisis in mid-December they again played a lot better. In the next seven matches, they have achieved six wins.
After this positive series, it was followed by two defeats from Minnesota and Pittsburgh. However, in the last five games, they have achieved four wins and only one defeat. Two rounds ago, they have experienced an unexpected defeat at home against Buffalo with a result 1: 4. Rangers are rarely losing at home, especially from a team like Buffalo, which is at the bottom of the table. But the Rangers have already in the next round defeated Philadelphia with 5:2 and thus showed that defeat by Buffalo did not leave too much mark on the match. we should also mention that the Rangers are the best away team in their conference and they suffered only one defeat in the last eight away games.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New York Rangers PICK
The most interesting match of this round is definitely a duel between Columbus and Rangers, two teams that are in the very top of the Eastern Conference and fighting for the first position. Columbus is in a series of eight wins, while the hosts in the last three matches achieved as many wins. Columbus was last defeated at home at the end of November last year. Although they in the last round suffered a heavy defeat by Washington, we do not believe that they can play so bad in this match. Even though New York Rangers are a very good team, we would give a slight advantage to the home team.
Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets win
Odds: 1.73 at Interwetten (down to 1.66 can be played)