WHO: The New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets
WHAT: National Hockey League regular season games
WHEN: Tonight and tomorrow, 7PM Eastern Daylight Time
WHERE: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH and Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
WHY: Because that’s what the schedule says
What have the Blue Jackets been up to lately?: Using the injury excuse to justify missing the playoffs last year, even though they played like poop when they were healthy. They traded for Brandon Saad over the summer and gave him a yuuuuuuge raise.
Key player: Sergei Bobrovsky. They gave him a bunch of money last year, presumably because he was so based in the lockout-shortened season in 2013. He’s been good the last two years, but not $7.4M a year good. The Jackets will go as he does.
Rangers news: AV wants the top line of Zuccarello, Brassard, and Nash to try harder. And so his slow metamorphosis into John Tortorella begins. Lundqvist will start both games.
Lines: The same as against Chicago. Etem will sit in the press box and awkwardly try to make small talk with Glass and McIlrath.
What to watch for: The Rangers and Jackets are technically division rivals. Brandon Dubinsky is kind of a tool. Maybe there will be some roughhousing and/or fisticuffs!
Possible source of annoyance: The Jackets have that dumb cannon that they shoot off whenever they score a goal, which goes in tandem with the fourth-most overplayed AC/DC song (1. You Shook Me All Night Long, 2. Back in Black, 3. Highway to Hell). Please get a shutout tonight, Hank.
Prediction: Dan Girardi will make me yell at my TV, like he did on Teuvo Teravainen’s goal the other night.