Friday night represents the start of the final weekend of the NHL regular season, with the playoffs starting in the early part of next week. The Western Conference playoff participants have already been decided, but the Eastern Conference Wild Card battle looks as though it is going to go down to the final day. There is just one spot left open in the East, but there are still two teams in with a shot at filling that empty slot.
It is the Columbus Blue Jackets who have the upper hand right now, as they have played one game less than the Montreal Canadiens, with whom they are tied on points. They can put themselves in a position of real power on Friday night, and while they are going against a Rangers team that have long since been eliminated from playoff contention, we all know how difficult it can be to win on the road. The Blue Jackets head into MSG favored by 1 ½, with the O/U for this one set at 6.
Blue Jackets vs Rangers NHL Odds & Game Analysis
“How this season ends, you’re going to carry through the summer. So let’s take advantage of our opportunity tomorrow night.”#NYR Coach Quinn talks about tomorrow’s final home game vs. Columbus. ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/ux7PhECadw— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) 4 de abril de 2019
- When: Friday, April 5 at 7 PM EST
- Where: Madison Square Garden, NYC
- TV: ESPN+
- Radio: TuneIn/NHL
- Live Stream: NHL.tv
- NHL Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets -265 (Total 6)
Why bet on the Columbus Blue Jackets?This will be the fourth meeting of the season between these two teams, with Columbus holding a 2-1 edge. That said, these games have all been close, with 2 of them requiring OT to decide. Over the last 5 meetings, it has been the Blue Jackets who have gone 4-1 SU. The Blue Jackets are finishing the season on a decent run of form, going 6-3-1 in their last 10 games.
They have also won more games on the road than they have at home, which will not only serve them well here but also in the playoffs, assuming that they do make it in. Overall in road games this season, the Columbus Blue Jackets have gone 23-14-2. They have also been a very solid bet against the spread when playing on the road, going 25-14 ATS on opposition ice.
- Goals: 3.11
- Shots: 31.52
- PP/PK Percentage: 15.53
- Goals: 2.85
- Shots: 29.52
- PP/PK Percentage: 15.00
Why bet on the New York Rangers?The Rangers are coming to the end of the season without putting up too much of a fight. They are currently on a 2-game losing skid and have only managed to pick up 3 wins in their last 10 games. As poor as the Rangers have been this season, it is worth noting that they do have a winning record on home ice, where they are 18-14-8.
They have not had a lot of success against the Columbus Blue Jackets in recent meetings, going just 3-6-1 SU in their last 10 meetings. They are also just 2-4 ATS in their last 6 meetings with the Blue Jackets on home ice. Overall, though, they have been good against the spread on home ice this season, going 24-16 ATS. On the downside, though, they are just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games.
- Goals: 2.76
- Shots: 29.20
- PP/PK Percentage: 19.47
- Goals: 3.33
- Shots: 33.65
- PP/PK Percentage: 22.31
Blue Jackets vs Rangers NHL Betting Trends
- Columbus is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
- Columbus is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Columbus’s last 15 games
- NY is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games
- NY is 4-15 SU in its last 19 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Rangers’ last 6 games
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Blue Jackets vs RangersThis is, without a doubt, the biggest game of the season for the Columbus Blue Jackets, as a win here will almost certainly put them in the postseason. I think they get that win here, and since each of the last 5 meetings between these two have gone OVER, I think we are looking at some goals in this one.
Score: Columbus Blue Jackets 5 – New York Rangers 2