Game Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets Look to Keep Momentum Against New Jersey Devils

By Kyle Morrison on January 15, 2019 at 7:05 am
The New Jersey Devils celebrate a goal.

USA Today – Ed Mulholland

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Don't look now, but the Columbus Blue Jackets are on a bit of a roll. Winners of four of their last five games, the Blue Jackets have leap-frogged the Pittsburgh Penguins and now sit second in the Metropolitan Division. They'll look to keep things going tonight against the New Jersey Devils 

They'll also look to clean things up a bit. Sunday's 7-5 win over the New York Rangers was a great offensive showing, but they had plenty of defensive lapses that turned what should have been a blowout into a tight game. 

Funny enough, the New Jersey Devils are a pretty similarly-talented team to the New York Rangers, as both squads sport identical 18-20-7 records. They're tied for second-to-last in the division, ahead of only Philadelphia.

PROJECTED LINES:

Panarin – Dubois – Atkinson

Duclair – Wennberg – Stenlund

Foligno – Jenner – Anderson

Sedlak – Nash – Bjorkstrand 

DEFENSEMEN:

Nutivaara – Jones

Werenski – Savard

Harrington – Kukan

GOALTENDER:

Bobrovsky or Korpisalo

STORYLINES

  • John Tortorella tried out some new lines against the New York Rangers and things seemed to work out just fine, so it'll be interesting to see if he sticks with those or does some further shuffling. 
  • Will Sergei Bobrovsky get another start in net, or will it go to Joonas Korpisalo? Bobrovsky has the pedigree with his two Vezina Trophies, obviously, but he also just got reinstated after being reprimanded by team for his conduct after being pulled against Tampa Bay. Korpisalo has played better as of late. Is there a new number one in Columbus? 
  • It looked for a second there like the power play was (finally) back, after a decent stretch for a few games, but Sunday night saw the Jackets go 0-for-5 with the man advantage. Are we in for another long drought? 

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