Game Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets Look To Right Ship Against New Jersey Devils

By Kyle Morrison on March 5, 2019 at 7:05 am
The Blue Jackets have a tough test tonight against the New Jersey Devils.

USA Today – Catalina Fragoso

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At this point, they're all becoming "must-win" games.

The Columbus Blue Jackets may not be in panic mode yet, but with the season coming down to the wire and a brutal schedule ahead, they need points wherever they can get them.

Now losers of two in a row and three of their last four games, Columbus finds themselves out of a playoff spot and in desperate need of some good bounces. They'll get their chance tonight against a Metropolitan opponent in the New Jersey Devils.

The Devils, unlike most teams remaining on the Blue Jackets' schedule, aren't a playoff threat. In a way, though, that makes this even more of a must-win game, considering that the next seven (!) games that the Blue Jackets will play come against current playoff teams.

Projected Lines 

Atkinson - Dubois - Panarin 

Foligno - Duchene - Bjorkstrand

Dzingel - Wennberg - Anderson

Robinson - Jenner - Nash 

Defensemen 

Werenski - Jones 

Nutivaara - Savard 

Harrington - Kukan 

Goaltenders 

Bobrovsky


Storylines 
  • What will the Blue Jackets lines look like? The above projection is a rough approximation of what John Tortorella deployed last time out, but with a few guys (including newly-acquired Ryan Dzingel) struggling to get going, what will we see tonight? 
  • Columbus cannot afford to leave more points on the table tonight – as they did with a flat effort against a bad Edmonton team on Saturday – so will they come out with some fire this time? They've been far better on the road than at home this season. 

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