Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky picked up his 5th shutout of the season and 17th of his career as the New Jersey Devils (25-28-12) fall to the Columbus Blue Jackets (41-17-6) by a score of 3-0. New Jersey has now lost seven straight games and have been shutout twice in three games (and seven times over the course of the season). They will embark on a three-game road trip against Columbus, Colorado, and Arizona.
The Devils were outshot (barely) 22-20 but the Blue Jackets were able to convert, getting goals from Boone Jenner, Oliver Bjorkstrand, and Sam Gagner. Bjorkstrand and Gagner both had two point nights (a goal and an assist apiece). Cory Schneider made 19 saves on 22 shots faced, earning an .864 save percentage; Bobrovsky made 20 saves.
The Devils were slightly better in the face-off circle, winning 52.2% of them. They also killed Columbus’s only power play opportunity (Kevin Rooney off for holding) but failed to score on their three power plays, including a 5-on-3 that lasted nine seconds, which really hurt them. The team could just not find a way to get going on the man advantage. Kyle Quincey did take two minor penalties tonight and Devils fans certainly don’t miss those.
I don’t think this was a game that anyone was expecting the Devils to actually win, especially with the long list of injuries they have. Jacob Josefson (upper body) and Michael Cammalleri (upper body) were still out and will be out for a little while. Andy Greene had to miss his second straight game due to a family emergency. Miles Wood (lower body) and Damon Severson (upper body) were both out tonight but their injuries should not be long-term.
Karl Stollery led the team in shots on goal with four in his first game (emergency recall) and had five hits; Taylor Hall had three SOG. Pavel Zacha returned to the lineup tonight after missing four games with a concussion and had a single shot on goal. Blake Coleman had two shots on goal and five hits. Steven Santini did not have a shot on goal but had four hits and blocked a shot. Nick Lappin had two shots on goal tonight; both Lappin and Stollery have played three games in three days (with Albany (AHL) and New Jersey).
And that’s all I have for tonight. I missed the second period because I went to go pick up food (which was far more interesting than the game itself) and then opted to watch a movie instead of watching the third.
The two teams will see each other again Tuesday night in Columbus; puck drops at 7PM.