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Game #8: Columbus Blue Jackets vs New York Rangers Open Thread

Columbus Blue Jackets v New York Rangers Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

After getting dominated by the Calgary Flames on Monday night, the Rangers have taken a few days of to rest and prepare for tonight’s contest. The Columbus Blue Jackets are in town for the first time since January 19, 2020, a game that is a fond memory for the visitors. That game saw the late Matiss Kivlenieks make his first NHL start, a 31 save effort to helped his team earn a 2-1 victory. Kivlenieks passed away due to a fireworks accident this past July 4th, and the Blue Jackets play on with his memory in their hearts.

As for the Blueshirts, they’ll look to get back into the win column after watching the Flames extinguish their four game winning streak on Monday. Some lineup changes have been made with Ryan Reaves being placed on the injured reserve, and the Rangers will look to overcome his loss and earn two points in a heated divisional battle.

Player to Watch: Kaapo Kakko

Kakko was injured during New York’s third game of the season, a road affair in Montreal, and has been out of the lineup for the last four games. Look for Kakko to assert himself as he makes his return to the ice tonight.

Enjoy the game!