Rangers vs. Blue Jackets Pick – NHL January 7th
It’s all over for the Columbus Blue Jackets. After winning sixteen straight games, the Blue Jackets fell to the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. So, no, the season is not all over for the Blue Jackets, but their quest to break the NHL winning streak record was halted by the Capitals. It’s nothing to hold their heads low about, it was an out of nowhere streak of wins that will not be forgotten anytime soon. While they didn’t manage to break the record, they will still go down in history as a team who accomplished one of the biggest streaks of success in the NHL.
It all came crashing down against the Capitals, a 5-0 loss, but they can’t allow it to take their attention off the main goal, which is going hard in the second-half and getting to the playoffs. It looks like an automatic lock for them to make the postseason, but there is still a lot of hockey left to be played. They want to be peaking at the right team, and hopefully for the Jackets, this isn’t the end of their massive success. If there was an award for the comeback team of the year, that award would go the Blue Jackets, which goes without saying.
The Jackets meet up with the New York Rangers on Friday night. It should be a good matchup between two of the leagues elite teams, which is odd to say about the Blue Jackets. Elite through the first-half of the season, I should say. Out of all the storylines in 2017, along with where the Maple Leafs are going to end up, the most intriguing is what’s going to come of the Blue Jackets’ season. For now, though, let’s see how the Blue Jackets react after their first loss since November 11, 2016. Note that they picked a point up in that game as well, in a 2-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. The Rangers come into Columbus with a win in their last outing, 5-2 against the Philadelphia Flyers.
There has been a serious role reversal going on in New York with the Rangers. The Rangers, a team who have relied on their defence so heavily for over a decade, are getting help from their offensive playmakers. This was really the knack on the Rangers over that time as well. All that money and talent on their roster, but the offence always failed to come up with elite production. They’ve looked like an elite offence this season, though. They are averaging 3.39 goals per game, which is 2nd in the NHL. The only team they trail in that department is the Pittsburgh Penguins. In their last six games they’ve notched 4.3 goals, 3.30 goals in their last ten games.
The Blue Jackets have been lighting the red lamp with great frequency as well. Take away the Capitals game, and the Jackets have been scoring at an electrifying clip. Note that in their last ten games they have averaged 3.50 goals per game, 4 goals if you exclude the Capitals affair. This has been a goal scoring series between the Blue Jackets and Capitals, with an average of 6 goals scored in their last seven tilts. The OVER has gone 6-1 during that time. We’ll look for it to happen again, with the OVER our pick for the NHL on Saturday.
PICK: OVER 5.5 GOALS (-105)