Preview: Columbus at New Jersey

When: 7:00 PM  ET, Friday, March 6, 2015
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Matchup Edge
CLB Edge in: NJ
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs

The New Jersey Devils are doing their best to remain in the conversation for the postseason, while the Columbus Blue Jackets lost any voice they had during their seven-game winless streak (0-6-1). Riding a 6-1-1 stretch in their last eight games, the Devils look to bolster their slim hopes when they host their Metropolitan Division rivals on Friday. New Jersey posted a 3-1 triumph over Nashville on Tuesday to win its second in a row but resides eight points behind Boston in the race for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.

Cory Schneider owns an impressive 9-1-1 record and 1.71 goals-against average in 11 career starts versus Columbus, highlighted by a 33-save performance in the Devils' 2-0 road win over the Blue Jackets on Saturday. Scott Hartnell recorded two goals and assist in Columbus' 5-3 setback to Washington on Tuesday and has four points in his last two games after being held off the scoresheet in each of his previous five. "Our game's got to get better," coach Todd Richards said after the Blue Jackets' latest loss. "We're trying to build. Individuals have to get better. Our team has to get better."

TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN Ohio (Columbus), MSG Plus (New Jersey)

ABOUT THE BLUE JACKETS (26-33-4): David Clarkson is expected to miss four-to-six weeks after tearing an oblique muscle in his debut versus New Jersey. The 30-year-old Clarkson played through the pain in the following two contests before the decision was made to shut him down, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. Defenseman Kevin Connauton is expected to miss his fifth game due to a lower-body injury but could return for Saturday's date with Colorado.

ABOUT THE DEVILS (27-27-10): Mike Cammalleri was credited with his team-leading 24th goal to extend his point streak to seven games, collecting six tallies and three assists in the run. The 32-year-old set up a goal in his lone encounter with Columbus this season and has 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in 24 career meetings. Defenseman Adam Larsson scored in New Jersey's 3-2 victory over Columbus on Nov. 1 and also tallied versus the Predators.


1. New Jersey owns an 8-2-1 mark in its last 11 home games.

2. Columbus C Brandon Dubinsky is expected to return after missing three games with a concussion.

3. The Blue Jackets have converted on the power play in each of their last two games after going 2-for-45 in the previous 17.

PREDICTION: Devils 3, Blue Jackets 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Columbus 26-33-2-2 L7 12-18-1-1 14-15-1-1 0-3-0-0 26-30-2-2 9-10-2-1
New Jersey 27-27-4-6 W2 16-9-4-4 11-18-0-2 1-0-0-0 26-27-4-6 8-8-3-2

Last Meeting

Columbus New Jersey
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
2/28/15 NJ 2 CLB 0 33 17 0-3 19 33 0-4

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
CLB L. Adam 0
NJ M. Cammalleri 1
Goals Player  
CLB L. Adam 0
NJ A. Greene 1
Assists Player  
CLB L. Adam 0
NJ M. Cammalleri 1
Saves Player  
CLB C. McElhinney 17
NJ C. Schneider 33
Total Points Player  
CLB N. Foligno 57
NJ M. Cammalleri 34
Goals Player  
CLB N. Foligno 24
NJ M. Cammalleri 24
Assists Player  
CLB R. Johansen 34
NJ A. Henrique 20
Saves Player  
CLB S. Bobrovsky 981
NJ C. Schneider 1503

Quickchart Matchup

Columbus Off vs  New Jersey Def
2.52 GF
2.48 GA
28.4 Shots
30.7 Shots
41 PP
42 PK
New Jersey Off vs  Columbus Def
2.19 GF
3.16 GA
24.2 Shots
32.9 Shots
34 PP
44 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -153 138
Offshore Odds -135 115
5 -135 115
5Dimes -130
5 -135 115
Top Bet -135 115
5 -128 116
BetDSI -135 115
5 OFF OFF OFF -151 119
BookMaker -135 115
Vegas Odds
Westgate Las Vegas Superbook
Station -135 115
Mirage -135 115
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Columbus Overall New Jersey
26-33-2-2 W/L 27-27-4-6
33-30 ATS 32-32
33-29 O/U 20-38
2.52 Goals For 2.19
3.16 Goals Agnst 2.48
Columbus A/H New Jersey
14-15-1-1 W/L 16-9-4-4
20-11 ATS 16-17
14-17 O/U 6-21
2.52 Goals For 2.15
2.94 Goals Agnst 2.03
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