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Streaking Rangers are Underdogs vs Slumping Blue Jackets

A break seems to have been just what the Rangers needed. They’ve lost just once since the all-star game and have now won five straight. The Blue Jackets, the last team to beat the Rangers, will host the Blueshirts this evening as they try to fix the issues that have hindered them since the turn of the calendar. Columbus holds the 2-1 edge in the season series so far but has been incredibly inconsistent of late, dropping five of its last eight games.

SHARK BITES
  • The Rangers are 11-2 SU in their last 13 games as an underdog.
  • The Blue Jackets are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games after a win.
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of the Rangers' last 8 games against teams with winning records.

Much of the Blue Jackets’ decline can be traced directly back to their special teams’ inefficiency. Once on pace to have the best power play since the ’80s, Columbus has yet to score with the man advantage since the break and the penalty kill has been operating at a league-worst 58.3 percent efficiency.

This regression had to come at some point. I just didn’t expect it to happen all at once. What else this inefficiency on special teams is leading to is a steady drop in Sergei Bobrovsky’s numbers. He’s allowed 14 goals in his five starts in February and has posted a save percentage of just .905.

All things considered, it would seem this would be a good spot to get some underdog value with the Rangers opening with a moneyline of +113.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting New York Rangers opened as 113 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including BetOnline. The total opened at 5.5 for those preferring over under betting, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 3.8-1.6 result in favor of the Rangers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

New York Rangers vs Columbus Blue Jackets Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The New York Rangers will look to vanquish their hosts on Monday, as they are 36-18-1 this season, while the Blue Jackets are 35-14-5. New York is 30-21-4 against the total, while Columbus is 22-28-4 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Columbus vs New York injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Columbus Blue Jackets rated this week at No. 24 and the New York Rangers sitting at No. 8.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Columbus Blue Jackets No. 5-ranked offense (3.24 goals per game) against a New York Rangers defense that ranks No. 10 at 2.64 goals per game allowed. The Blue Jackets powerplay has clicked at a 23.33% rate while the Rangers have a 81.63% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, New York was a 4-2 winner at home against the Avalanche. Bettors on New York at -275 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Last time out for Columbus, they were a 2-1 winner as they battled the Red Wings at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Blue Jackets at -163 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • NY Rangers is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • NY Rangers is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Rangers's last 6 games
  • NY Rangers is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • Columbus is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Columbus's last 9 games
  • Columbus is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Columbus is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

New York at New York, Thursday, February 16th
Columbus home to Toronto, Wednesday, February 15th

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