Tonight marks the return of two former Rangers and fan favorites: Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov. Both were sent to Columbus after the 2012 playoff run for Rick Nash, and one (Dubinsky) has been very vocal about wanting to stick it to the Rangers tonight. Tonight is also the first time Nash will face his former team. Marian Gaborik (sent to Columbus seven months later for Derick Brassard, John Moore, and Derek Dorsett) is injured, and will not be playing tonight. There’s good drama off the ice, but on the ice is what matters.
Under Todd Richards, the Blue Jackets run a 2-1-2 forecheck, but with less active defensemen. In the DZ, CBJ uses a low zone collapse, taking out shooting lanes and blocking shots. On special teams, they run a 1-3-1 power play, and a box penalty kill.
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.
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