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NHL Preview from The Sports Network



Thursday, November 7th (All times Eastern)

New York Rangers (7-8-0) at Columbus Blue Jackets (5-9-0), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - As the former face of the Columbus franchise, Rick Nash is likely to get a chilly reception when he finally takes the ice in front of the Blue Jackets faithful.

Unfortunately, both will have to wait for the homecoming as the New York Rangers forward remains out with a concussion.

There will be plenty of other reunions on Thursday night however when the Rangers and Blue Jackets square off for the first time since making two big trades with each other over the past year and a half.

The first overall pick by the Blue Jackets in the 2002 draft, Nash is the franchise's all-time leader in goals, assists, points and games played. However, he made the playoffs just once during his nine seasons with the club and finally asked for a trade prior to the 2012-13 season.

Columbus was able to accommodate him by shipping the 29-year-old to the Rangers on July 23, 2012 for centers Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky, defenseman Tim Erixon and a 2013 first-round draft pick, but the clubs did not play each other during the following season due to the lockout-influenced schedule.

Nash was expected to give the Rangers a boost on offense and did just that with 21 goals and 42 points in 44 games. He also was supposed to form a dangerous scoring duo with Marian Gaborik, but the two never really got on the same page and Gaborik found himself losing playing time under then head coach John Tortorella.

That situation was defused on April 3, when the Rangers dealt Gaborik and two other players to the Blue Jackets for centers Derek Dorsett and Derick Brassard as well as defenseman John Moore and a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft, replacing some of the depth they lost in the Nash deal.

Gaborik had a pair of 40-goal seasons with the Rangers, but struggled to just nine tallies and 19 points in 35 games last season before getting traded. He has five goals and 10 points in 13 games this campaign.

Time will still tell how the clubs both made out in the deals, a tough gauge currently due to the fact that Nash will miss his 13th straight game tonight with a concussion suffered versus the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 8.

Losing Nash was part of a rough start to the season for the Rangers, but they have rebounded by winning four of their past five games. They reached the five-goal mark for the second time in three games last night in a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves and was backed by five different goal-scorers. Brassard was one of those to light the lamp as was Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Brian Boyle and Ryan Callahan.

"If we play hard and stick with our game plan, we can play with everybody," Callahan noted.

While getting its offense going, New York also held an opponent to a pair of goals or fewer for an eighth straight game, the longest such run since another eight-game span from Dec. 31-Jan. 14 during the 2009-10 campaign.

Head coach Alain Vigneault could opt to give Lundqvist the night off and give rookie Cam Talbot his fourth career start. He is 2-1-0 with a 1.96 goals against average and .929 save percentage over the first three.

The Blue Jackets have had a bit more time to focus on this reunion as they last played on Tuesday, suffering a 4-1 setback to the Ottawa Senators. The loss gave Columbus its second four-game skid of the campaign and it will try to avoid its longest slide since dropping six in a row from Jan. 19-Feb. 1, 2012.

R.J. Umberger scored the Blue Jackets' lone goal off assists by Dubinsky and Fedor Tyutin, while Curtis McElhinney gave up three goals on 23 shots.

"We have to find solutions to win hockey games," said Columbus coach Todd Richards. "There was an opportunity in the third and we let it slip away."

McElhinney was making his second straight start in an effort to give Sergei Bobrovsky a breather and the reigning Vezina Trophy winner is expected to start tonight.

In six career meetings with the Rangers, including five starts, Bobrovsky is 1-3-1 with a 2.87 GAA. He is just 4-7-0 with a 2.79 GAA in 11 starts this season, giving up three goals on 13 shots in 23 minutes of action in his last game on Nov. 1 in Pittsburgh.

The Rangers have won three of the previous four meetings with the Blue Jackets, including a 3-2 overtime win at home in the last encounter on Feb. 19, 2012

Columbus has lost two straight in New York and tonight is the first of four meetings between the now division rivals, with both teams in the Metropolitan Division under realignment.

11/07 10:46:12 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
1st OT
CHA 82
CHI 80
 
12th
DUR 4
NOR 6
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
9th
PHI 0
ATL 1
 
7th
NYY 2
CHC 0
 
6th
DET 1
CLE 3
 
8th
MIA 3
WAS 4
 
4th
TEX 0
SEA 2
 
3rd
CWS 1
BOS 1
 
3rd
HOU 2
KAN 1
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN 0
TOR 0
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
1st OT
CHA 82
CHI 80
 
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
 
Half
MIL 63
ATL 58
 
Half
CLE 51
BRK 49
 
Half
MEM 51
DAL 53
 
Half
OKC 54
DET 55
 
Half
NOP 53
HOU 50
 
3rd
SAN 51
LAL 57
 
Half
MIA 51
PHI 55
 
Half
NYK 44
TOR 57
 
Half
MIN 48
UTA 51
 
Half
BOS 56
WAS 68
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
3rd
TAM 2
MON 3
 
2nd
PIT 3
CLB 3
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
12th
DUR 4
NOR 6