Artemi Panarin will face the Columbus Blue Jackets for the first time since joining the New York Rangers when they meet at Nationwide Arena on Thursday.
The forward, who signed a seven-year, $81.5 million contract (average annual value $11.64 million) with the Rangers on July 1, played two seasons with the Blue Jackets, with 169 points (55 goals, 114 assists) in 160 games. He is New York's leading scorer with 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists) in 26 games, including 27 points (eight goals, 19 assists) in his past 19 games.
The Rangers are 4-1-1 in their past six games after going 2-3-1 in their previous six.
Andrew Peeke will make his NHL debut for the Blue Jackets, who have lost two straight and are 2-4-0 in their past six games after going 4-1-1 in their previous six games. The defenseman from Parkland, Florida, a second-round pick (No. 34) in the 2016 NHL Draft, played three seasons at Notre Dame before turning pro. He was recalled from Cleveland of the American Hockey League on Monday.
Players to watch
Rangers center Mika Zibanejad has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past four games.
Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalois 5-2-0 with a 2.29 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and one shutout in his past seven starts.
They said it
"Not a regular game for me, a different game. I'll try to show the best that I can." -- Rangers forward Artemi Panarin on his return to Columbus
"I've been working hard to get to this day to help this team win games and get to this level." -- Blue Jackets defenseman Andrew Peeke on his NHL debut
The Rangers did not hold a morning skate. … Staal and McKegg each could return Thursday, New York coach David Quinn said Wednesday. Staal, a defenseman, has missed the past 12 games, McKegg, a forward, the past five. ... Peeke replaces Harrington and Bemstrom goes in for Robinson.
The Blue Jackets are 5-0-1 in their past six games against the Rangers. … Nash will play his 500th NHL game. … Columbus coach John Tortorella is one win from tying Darryl Sutter (634) for 15th place on the NHL all-time list.
Posted 2019-12-05 7:10 PM (#730260 - in reply to #730257) Subject: Re: Game 27: Rangers @ Columbus 12/5/19 7pm MSG2/ESPN+
Location: 17 miles from MSG
LeetchyMrRanger - 2019-12-05 9:05 PM
x10003q - 2019-12-05 7:01 PM
LeetchyMrRanger - 2019-12-05 8:53 PM
x10003q - 2019-12-05 6:38 PM
3-1 after 2, shots 29-17
If the goalie(s) don't steal games, the Rangers don't win. This has to change, not a recipe for success.
Very true. Goalies can take you to the HOF or to the unemployment line. The Rangers goalies are covering up a ton of bad team D.
And, Hank did that for many many years years.
But in those days he was not facing 40 plus shots every night and the Ranger played d system that tried to force the shots from certain areas of the ice. Now the shots come from everywhere and they come fast ans furious.