What happens when you play a team that’s winning two Stanley Cups in a row and a team with a Stanley Cup champion in the lineup?
Well, you’ll have to find a way to beat them both.
The New York Islanders have won five straight, and have been shut out six times, but they’ve been unable to pull off the same feat against the Blue Jackets.
The Islanders are tied with Columbus for the league lead in goals and have an 11-game point streak.
The Jackets are tied for the most shutouts in the NHL at seven.
They’re 3-1-1 in their last six games.
So who’s the best team?
Well it depends on who you ask.
The Rangers have had the better of the two teams in their two meetings this season, with the Rangers winning three of the four games played.
The Blue Jackets have been outscored 28-16 in the series.
The Islanders have struggled to win back-to-back games, and haven’t allowed a goal in either of those games.
In those games, the Islanders have allowed seven goals, including two power play goals.
The Rangers have allowed three goals in the two games, including three power play chances.
Columbus is in first place in the Atlantic Division, and is a whopping 10 points ahead of New York.
It’s not out of the woods yet, but it’s close.
The two teams are tied in the race for the second wild card into the playoffs.
The Blue Jackets are looking for their first win of the season, and they have three straight games against teams that are currently in the playoff picture.
The Columbus Blue Knights have won four straight and are now 5-0-0.
The Blues have won seven straight and now sit in fourth place in their division.