3/5/17 Game Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils (25-27-12) will look to snap their six-game losing streak when the Columbus Blue Jackets (40-17-6) come to town. The two teams have only met once this season, a 5-1 Devils win in Columbus. New Jersey was outshot 32-30 but got goals from Taylor Hall (2), Jacob Josefson, Travis Zajac, and Seth Helgeson. Matt Calvert scored the lone goal for Columbus. Cory Schneider made 31 saves (.969 save percentage) and Sergei Bobrovsky made 25 saves on 29 shots faced (.862 save percentage).

Defensemen Kyle Quincey and Dalton Prout will face their former teams for the first time since being traded last Wednesday; Prout made his Devils debut last night against Boston. Coach Hynes has not yet made a goaltending decision for tonight but more likely than not, Schneider will be back in net. I would expect Keith Kinkaid to get a start soon, if not tonight. Bobrovsky has played well and could also be in net tonight. Andy Greene will miss his second straight game due to a family emergency and we hope his family is okay. Michael Cammalleri (week-to-week) and Jacob Josefson will also be out of the lineup but Pavel Zacha could make his return tonight.

The Devils are coming off of a 3-2 loss to the Bruins; Devante Smith-Pelly and Kyle Palmieri (his 20th) both scored goals. The Blue Jackets also fell 3-2 to the Senators last night; Brandon Saad and Sam Gagner scored goals. Both teams are hungry for a win: the Devils would like to snap their losing streak and the Blue Jackets are barely hanging on to second place in the Metropolitan division (are tied with the Penguins and are only two points ahead of the Rangers).

Since the two teams last met, Columbus has gone 7-4-1 and has only played three games on the road (1-1-1). New Jersey, on the other hand, has gone 3-6-2, all three wins coming at home. They have lost their last six games overall and their last five have all been one-goal games (two have gone to overtime).

The Devils definitely won’t get a win that easily but the game will be a fun one; puck drops at 5PM.

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