New York Rangers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Friday, NHL Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Predictions

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NY Rangers at Columbus, NHL Sports Betting Lines
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, November 17, 2017
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
TV: 7 p.m. ET, NHL Network, TVAS, MSG-Plus (New York), FSN Ohio
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Puck Line Money Line Total
1 New York Rangers +1½ -245 +130 Ov 6 +113
2 Columbus Blue Jackets -1½ +205 -140 Un 6 -124
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The division rival New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets are set to renew hostilities on Friday when they meet at Nationwide Arena.

ABOUT THE RANGERS (9-8-2): Defenseman Brendan Smith, acquired at the trade deadline last season and signed to a four-year, $17.4 million contract in June, will finally return to the lineup Friday after being a healthy scratch for six straight games. “Brendan’s handled this as a pro, stayed focused, worked hard,” Vigneault said. “He wasn’t happy, there’s no doubt.” Henrik Lundqvist, who won all six games during the winning streak before he was yanked in Wednesday’s loss, will make his eighth consecutive start.

ABOUT THE BLUE JACKETS (11-7-1): Columbus halted a four-game skid with back-to-back 2-1 victories — both beyond regulation — on the back of Sergei Bobrovsky, who made a spectacular highlight-reel save in each contest. “Right now, the Columbus Blue Jackets own the best save of the year in the highlights, and the second best save of the year,” Tortorella said of the reigning Vezina Trophy winner. Forward Lukas Sedlak, expected to be out six weeks, practiced Thursday 3 1/2 weeks after injuring his ankle.

Oddsmakers opened the Blue Jackets as -130-moneyline favorites versus the Rangers, while the game’s total opened at 6.

The New York Rangers saw their six-game winning streak end with a thud Wednesday in Chicago, but they will try to earn a split of the two-game road trip when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night. The teams have already met twice, with the Blue Jackets posting a 3-1 win in Columbus on Oct. 13 and New York winning 5-3 at home on Nov. 6.

Artemi Panarin scored in each of the first two meetings against the Rangers, but scoring has been an issue for the Blue Jackets with a combined five goals in the past four games. “It’s not one guy. It’s four or five guys that are struggling offensively,” coach John Tortorella said. “We’ve just got to keep on trying to work out of it and get something good to happen for us.” New York has played the second-fewest road games in the Eastern Conference, falling to 2-4-0 away from home after allowing five third-period goals in a 6-3 setback to the Blackhawks. “We got what we deserved,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “We didn’t deserve to win and we didn’t.”

The Blue Jackets were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Canadiens. That made winners of bettors who got Columbus at -102 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

New York lost its last outing, a 6-3 result against the Blackhawks on November 15. Bettors who backed the Blackhawks at -123 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

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New York:
Team record: 9-8-2 SU
NY Rangers is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games
NY Rangers is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Rangers’s last 5 games

Team record: 11-7-1 SU
Columbus is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Columbus is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbus’s last 5 games

Next up:
New York home to Ottawa Sunday, November 19
Columbus at Buffalo Monday, November 20

NHL Hockey Betting Tips

1. Columbus is 0-for-15 on the power play over the last six games.

2. Former Blue Jackets F Rick Nash has four goals in the past three games for New York.

3. F Zac Dalpe was placed on waivers Thursday by Columbus.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Columbus Blue Jackets will win outright at -144 and the game will stay under 6 goals according to

PREDICTION: Blue Jackets 3, Rangers 2 at .

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