New Jersey Devils vs. Columbus Blue Jackets – Game 1 of 4 – October 22, 2013
The New Jersey Devils will play the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at the Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio. The Devils and Blue Jackets will kick off their Metropolitan Division history together with an early-season clash. Both teams will be looking to build off their most recent wins to find some sort of momentum heading forward.
The Devils (1-4-3) are coming off their first win of the season over their Hudson River Rivals, the New York Rangers. The Devils have appeared to resolve some issues on the powerplay, scoring in their last two games. The Devils still have a very unfavorable powerplay record though, 3 for 26, and still have a lot to work on.
They will also play the hot hand in Cory Schneider who is coming off a shutout on Saturday. If the Devils win tonight, it will be interesting to see who starts on Thursday against the Vancouver Canucks at the Prudential Center.
Defensively, Pete DeBoer will roll with the same 6 defensemen. It is tough to make a solid argument against DeBoer coming off of a shutout win. If that means benching Adam Larsson for the immediate future, then so be it.
Columbus (3-5-0) is also trying to turn its season around after a big win over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. Sergei Bobrovski, reigning Vezina Trophy winner, sat out on Sunday and will look to snap a personal 4-game slide.
The Blue Jackets PK has faltered so far this season only killing 76% and giving up 6 goals so far. They have also given up 2 shorthanded goals. The Devils will look to capitalize on special teams tonight and it is something they desperately need to keep up if they want to keep on winning.
The Devils also have an opportunity to climb the division standings with a win tonight.
Other Devils Notes – per Tom Gulitti
- Devils allowed assistant Mike Foligno to fly to Columbus Sunday so he could visit with son, Nick, and his new granddaughter, born Oct. 14
- DeBoer said Brunner will play tonight unless he “seizes up” after morning skate. Josefson will come out.
- No Jagr, Zubrus, Tedenby, Loktionov, Ryder, Salvador, Zidlicky, Greene for Devils morning skate. Elias (ill) not on trip.
- Lou Lamoriello said Patrik Elias feels “good today” and will be back at practice Wednesday. “Status quo” for Ryane Clowe.