Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New York Rangers: TV, Radio, Injuries and Projected Lines

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 26: Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers skates with the puck against Jack Johnson #7 of the Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden on February 26, 2017 in New York City. The Columbus Blue Jackets won 5-2. (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 26: Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers skates with the puck against Jack Johnson #7 of the Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden on February 26, 2017 in New York City. The Columbus Blue Jackets won 5-2. (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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The Columbus Blue Jackets host the New York Rangers at Nationwide Arena tonight for the first meeting between the two Metro Division rivals in 2017-18.

Coming off an exciting overtime win over divisional foe Carolina, the Columbus Blue Jackets will face off against another Metro opponent tonight. This will be the third divisional game in the team’s first four games.

This will also be the first of a back-to-back for Columbus. After the Rangers come to Nationwide, the Blue Jackets will be headed to Minnesota to face off against the Wild. This will be the Jackets’ second back-to-back on the season.

Rick Nash once again returns to Columbus tonight. The vitriol toward Nash has resided in recent visits, so expect the same boos directed at him tonight. Nash will be a free agent in the summer, so that is a storyline to watch in the future.

Game Information

  • Game: New York Rangers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (7:00 p.m. ET)
  • Location: Nationwide Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
  • TV: NHL Network, Fox Sports Ohio
  • Radio: 97.1 FM (The Fan)

Projected CBJ Lines

Panarin — Wennberg — Atkinson

Milano — Foligno — Bjrokstand

Calvert — Dubinsky — Anderson

Dubois — Sedlak — Dalpe

Werenski — Jones

Johnson — Savard

Murray — Carlsson

Bobrovsky

Korpisalo

Projected NYR Lines

Kreider — Zibanejad — Buchnevich

Nash — Hayes — Zuccarello

Vesey — Desharnais — Miller

Grabner — Carey — Cracknell

Staal — McDonagh

Skjei — Shattenkirk

Holden — Kampfer

Lundqvist

Pavelec

Both projected lines combinations are via Daily Faceoff with the only player change being Zac Dalpe replacing Markus Hannikainen, per coach John Tortorella.

Next: NYR-CBJ: Players to watch, keys to victory and prediction

Injury Report

As far as injuries go, the Blue Jackets only have Boone Jenner out now as Jordan Schroeder (suspected concussion) is going to Cleveland for a conditioning assignment after being hurt during the preseason.

For New York, Jesper Fast is still out of the lineup with a hip injury. The winger had hip surgery during the offseason and isn’t expected back until late-October or early-November.