Columbus vs Rangers: prediction for the NHL game
Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus have been colorless in their recent home matches. They are currently on a three-game losing streak, and all of these games ended in regulation. The Blue Jackets had a chance to get one victory, but they failed to beat Ottawa (1:2). Columbus couldn't put up a fight against the other two opponents, suffering crushing defeats to Pittsburgh (2:5) and Calgary (0:6). The Jackets allowed the Flames 62 shots on goal.
New York Rangers
The Rangers are on top form. In the last six games they suffered one defeat - to Carolina (3:6). Goalie Georgiev gave a subpar performance and stopped only 82% of all shots on his goal. New York also experienced problems against Los Angeles, but eventually snatched a victory in a shootout (3:2 SO). The Rangers demonstrate confident play on their travels, for example, they recently defeated San Jose (3:0) and Philadelphia (3:2) away.
In 3 out of 4 head-to-head games, no more than 1 goal was scored in the second period.
The Rangers scored first in 3 out of 4 head-to-head games.
Given the poor form of Columbus, we will be backing the Rangers in this match. Recently, New York have been consistently earning points both at home and away, and we think they can get the upper hand here, too.
Our prediction - Rangers to win
We do not expect a barn-burner in this fixture. The two sides rarely score a lot in head-to-head games, so we suggest taking the under.
Second bet - total under 6.5 goals