5 Things to Know: Rangers vs. Blue Jackets

BY: DAVID KOLB

NEW YORK RANGERS (40-19-2) vs. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (38-16-5)
Game coverage begins at 4:30 PM on MSG

The Blueshirts return home to take on the Blue Jackets in a Metropolitan Division matchup.

1 Where They Stand

January 31, 2017: The New York Rangers face the Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

·      Tonight, the Rangers take on the Blue Jackets for the fifth time this season.

·      New York is 8-1-1 in the last 10 games.

·      The Blueshirts are 19-11-2 at Madison Square Garden in 2016-17.

·      The Rangers sit third in the Metropolitan Division with 82 points.

2 Who's Hot

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·      Brady Skjei picked up an assist Saturday on the Rangers’ game-winning goal in overtime against the Devils.

·      The 22-year-old has two goals and an impressive 26 assists in his first full season as a regular Blueshirt backliner.

·      Skjei has four assists in his last five games and has seven assists in 10 games in the month of February.

3 Say What?

Antti Raanta breaks down the Rangers-Devils tilt and the crazy 20 seconds in overtime when he stopped Kyle Palmieri's breakaway before Mika Zibanejad hit netted the game-winner.

“Our guys were on top of the game the whole time. Even though I felt like ‘what’s going on right now,’ our guys were still putting the pucks deep and we got the goal and we get to OT and a great win.”

 — Antti Raanta reflecting on the Rangers’ 4-3 comeback OT win over the New Jersey Devils Saturday

4 Stat of the Day

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Rick Nash skated for Columbus for nine seasons (2002-2012) and is the franchise’s all-time leader in games played (674), goals (289), assists (258), and points (547).

5 Must-See Video

Mika Zibanejad discusses scoring the game-winning goal in OT vs. NJ