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New York Rangers take on Blue Jackets in hockey test

New York Rangers

Columbus Blue Jackets
7-8-0 November 07, 2013, 07:00 PM | Nationwide Arena 5-9-0

Hockey bettors look for value at Nationwide Arena on Thursday as host Columbus battles the New York Rangers in hockey odds action.

The Rangers will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 7-8-0 this season, while the Blue Jackets are 5-9-0. New York is 5-8-2 against the total, while Columbus is 5-7-2 versus the number.

View New York Rangers vs Columbus Blue Jackets Odds and Stats.

On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Columbus sat as -136 Favorite over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

This game matches up the No. 15 (Blue Jackets) and the No. 16 (Rangers) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Last time out for New York, they were a 5-1 winner as they battled the Penguins at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Rangers at +120 were rewarded, while the 6 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Columbus was a 4-1 loser at home against the Senators. Bettors on Ottawa at +105 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Columbus's No. 23-ranked offense, averaging 2.43 goals per game, against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 15 at 2.73 goals allowed. The Blue Jackets power play is averaging 18% while the Rangers defense kills off 82.46% of their penalties.

A few Rangers at Blue Jackets trends to consider:
NY Rangers is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Rangers's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Rangers's last 5 games when playing Columbus
NY Rangers is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Columbus
Columbus is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbus's last 5 games when playing NY Rangers
Columbus is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against NY Rangers

Next up:
New York at Florida, Sunday, November 10th