After High Scoring Win, Devils Head to Columbus To Face A Strong Blue Jackets Team

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Mar 31, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets center Marko Dano (56) falls to the ice after a check by New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) during the second period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

 

After a high scoring win at the Prudential Center against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday, the New Jersey Devils immediately get back to action. On Tuesday, the team heads to Columbus for the second half of a back-to-back, this time with divisional rival Columbus Blue Jackets as their opponent.

For much of their relatively short NHL existence, the Blue Jackets were the model of futility. Wins, star players, and any semblance of success were few and far between. In the past few seasons, that trend has dramatically reversed course, with the once laughed upon Blue Jackets continuously finding themselves near the top of the Metropolitan Division standings. Sadly, for Devils fans, much of Columbusís success has come at the expense of the Devils.

Players To Watch

Cam Atkinson: Through 44 games this season, Atkinson has 26 goals and 20 assists, putting him at a point-per-game pace. This is a feat he only achieved once in an injury-shortened campaign last season. After a two-point night against the Rangers on Sunday, Atkinson shows no signs of slowing down.

Kyle Palmieri and Blake Coleman: The streakiest of any player on the Devils roster, Palmieri either scores in bunches or doesnít score at all. With a two-goal performance against Chicago last night, letís hope heís in the middle of a streak and that the goals keep piling up. Coleman is the same story. Since surpassing his career best in goals in a loss against Toronto, he keeps adding points. After a three-point night against Chicago, heís showing no signs of slowing down, either.

Keys to Victory

Playing On The Road: The Devils have a losing record against the Blue Jackets, heavily lopsided in the favor of Columbus more recently. They also have a losing record on the road in Columbus, but post a respectable 0.444 win percentage in Ohio. Thatís close enough to .500 to give the Devils some hope.

Short Road Trip: The thought of a home and away back-to-back is enough to make any team feel tired just thinking about it, but Columbus is different. It’s close enough to New Jersey that this trip should feel no different than the other close Metropolitan Division road trips that go to†locales like Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center, or even the Wells Fargo Center. They will be tired, but these are the type of trips they should be used to.

Hope for a Columbus Off Night: The Blue Jackets outmatch†the Devils in any category you can think of: offensively, defensively and in goal (well, in the pre-Mackenzie Blackwood era at least). Unless the Devils can find a way to put together another eight-goal game for the second day in a row, which they won’t, the most likely road to a Devil victory is Columbus displaying an unlikely weakness, even if for just the night, and the Devils finding a way to capitalize.

Projected Lineups

New Jersey Devils (lineups will be revealed when John Hynes speaks at 4:50 PM EST)

Johansson-Hischier-Palmieri
Wood-Zajac-Coleman
Seney-Zacha-Bratt
Boyle-Rooney-Bratt

Greene-Severson
Butcher-Vatanen
Mueller-Lovejoy

Blackwood/Kinkaid

Columbus Blue Jackets

Panarin-Dubois-Atkinson
Duclair-Wennberg-Stenlund
Foligno-Jenner-Anderson
Bjorkstand-Sedlak-Nash

Murray-Jones
Werenski-Nutivaara
Savard-Harrington

Bobrovsky/Korpisalo

Predictions

As much as I wish I could say it looks good, it doesnít. Columbus is a better team thatís been dominating the Devils the past few seasons. Add that to the fact that whenever the Devils have an offensive breakout like they did against Chicago, they usually suffer in their upcoming appearances. 5-1 Columbus, and I wish I could be more optimistic.

The action starts at 7:00 on MSG+2 Tuesday night.

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New Jersey Devils vs. Chicago Blackhawks: LIVE score updates and chat (1/14/19)

January 14, 2019 - The Star Ledger - View Full Article

Nico Hischier, Mackenzie Blackwood, Kyle Palmieri, Marcus Johansson and the New Jersey Devils will host Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks at 7 p.m. on Monday at Prudential Center in Newark. In the teams' first meeting of the season, the Devils will aim to build off a 3-2 win over the Flyers on Saturday. Watch video

Nico Hischier, Mackenzie Blackwood, Kyle Palmieri, Marcus Johansson and the New Jersey Devils will host Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks at 7 p.m. on Monday at Prudential Center in Newark.

In the teams' first meeting of the season, the Devils will aim to build off a 3-2 win over the Flyers on Saturday.

Devils' lines vs. Blackhawks

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Here is everything you need to know about the home game:

What: New Jersey Devils (17-20-7) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (16-22-9)

When: 7 p.m. EST, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey

TV: MSG+

Live stream: MSG Go

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