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NHL Preview: New Jersey Devils (34-13-5) at Columbus Blue Jackets (16-33-4)

NEW JERSEY DEVILS NOTES:

Last Game:
Last Game
New Jersey Devils 2 Minnesota Wild 3 (SO)
(34-13-5 -73 PTS) (28-20-4 -52 PTS)
Three Stars: 1. M. Zuccarello 2. T. Tatar 3. F. Gustavsson
SCORE 1ST 2ND 3RD OT SO FINAL
Minnesota 1 0 1 0 1 3
DEVILS 0 2 0 0 0 2
Goals:
MIN: J. Eriksson Ek (PPG), R. Hartman, F. Gaudreau (GDG)
NJD: T. Tatar, T. Tatar

INJURIES/ILLNESS
PLAYER INJURY OUT SINCE GAMES MISSED
Jonathan Bernier – LTIR Lower-body, hip 2021-22 51
Jack Hughes Upper-body Feb. 9, 2023 2
Brendan Smith Lower-body Feb. 9, 2023 2
2022-23 Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/illness: 152

TRANSACTIONS
DATE PLAYER ACTION
1/28/23 Nikita Okhotiuk Reassigned to Utica
2/6/23 John Marino Activated off I.R.

WHAT TO KNOW
The Devils hit the ice for their second contest of a four-game road trip, after the team fell in a 3-2 shootout loss at Minnesota on Saturday.

Road trip schedule:
2/11, at MIN, 3-2, Lso
2/14, at CBJ, 7:30 P.M. E.T.
2/16, at STL, 9:00 P.M. E.T.
2/18, at PIT, 5:30 P.M. E.T.

The Devils’ four-game road trip is the team’s second longest roadie for the season. The team recorded a 4-0-1 record from Jan. 10 to Jan. 19, which marked Jersey’s longest trip for the season:
5-3, W, at CAR
6-, W, at ANA
5-2, W, at LAK
4-3, Wso, at SJS
4-3, Lo, at SEA

Per NHL Pr, the Devils are the first team in NHL history who swept an Eastern and Western Canadian road trip, in addition to a California road trip. The guidelines for this matter are below:
▪ A “road trip” as being consecutive games played on the road
▪ The team must have played at least two of the teams mentioned sequentially
▪ Eastern Canada (TOR, OTT, MTL), Western Canada (WPG, EDM, CGY, VAN), California (ANA, LAK, SJS) The Devils swept VAN, EDM & CGY via Nov. 1, 2022, to Nov. 5. Jersey swept MTL, TML & OTT via Nov. 15, 2022, to Nov. 19.

After Saturday’s loss the Devils fell to 1-2 for games decided in a shootout round this season. Jersey’s team enters Tuesday’s contest with an 11-2-2 record in its last 15 games dating to Jan. 4, at Detroit. The 11 wins are the most in the NHL since that time, per Feb. 13. Tampa, Edmonton, NY Rangers and Boston all earned 10 wins over that time frame, per Feb. 13. The Devils own the best road record in the NHL at 19-3-3 and the team’s .820 points% on the road also ranks first in the league. The franchise record for the most road wins in a single season is 28 (28-10-3) ,which was earned in 1998-99. The last time that New Jersey earned more than 19 road wins in a single season was 2017-18 (21-15-5).

Jersey’s team owns an 8-3 record in overtime this season, while the most overtime wins in a single season for franchise history is 9 OT wins – accomplished three times:
2008-09: 9-2, led NHL
2013-14: 9-5, ranked 2nd in NHL
2015-16: 9-2, tied for 4th in NHL

Florida earned 13 (13-2) wins in overtime last season, which is the most earned in a single season for NHL history. The team’s 34 wins after 52 games played from the start of a season are tied for the most in franchise history:
34 wins: 2009-10
34 wins: 2022-23
33 wins: 2008-09
33 wins: 2002-03
32 wins: 1999-00
31 wins: 1997-98
31 wins: 2006-07

The Devils are 27-4-4 when Nico Hischier recorded a point in a game this season and 18-6-2 when Jack Hughes scored a goal in a game for 2022-23. The Devils are 19-7-1 when scoring first in a game this season and 15-6-4 when trailing first in a contest. The Devils rank first in the NHL when trailing first in a game this season, while Boston ranks second (14-8-2), per Feb. 13. The Devils are 22-0-2 when leading after the second period this season. The Devils are one of 10 teams who did not suffer a regulation loss when leading after two periods of play this season. Boston’s 27-0-2 record ranks first in the NHL for this matter, per Feb. 13. The Devils are 7-3-1 when tied entering the third period of play. Tampa’s 12 wins (12-5-0) ranks first in the NHL when tied after two periods of play this season. The Devils are 12-2-2 when outshot by an opponent this season and 21-11-3 when outshooting teams. The Devils are 1-0-0 when shots are even vs an opponent for 2022-23. The two regulation losses when outshot in a game this season are the fewest in the league along with Carolina, Calgary, and NY Rangers. The Devils have allowed 1, or fewer, goals against 12 times this season in a game. Jersey’s team allowed one, or fewer goals against, in a game just eight times all of last season.

BACK-TO-BACK GAMES
Overall: 8-5-1
First game: 3-3-1 | home: 0-1-0 | road: 3-2-1
Second game: 5-2-0 | home: 1-2-0 | road: 4-0-0

VS COLUMBUS
The Devils and Columbus meet for the second of three matchups this season. Jersey recorded a season-high seven goals in a game Oct. 30, after a 7-1 win at Prudential Center against the Jackets. The two teams play next on Apr. 6, at the Rock for a 7:00 P.M. puck drop. Jersey’s team was 0-1-1 vs the Wild last season. The last time that the Devils defeated Minnesota was on Feb. 15, 2019, at MIN in a 5-4 win. The last time the Devils won a season series vs Columbus was in 2011-12, when the two foes met just once. Jersey earned the lone victory. Jersey’s team recorded a 1-2-1 record vs Columbus last season. The last time that the Devils earned a win at Columbus was Dec. 5, 2017, after a 4-1 win.

ALL-TIME vs COLUMBUS
Record: 17-22-1-5
Home: 10-8-1-3
Road: 7-14-0-2

DID YOU KNOW…
The most goals in franchise history earned in a single game vs Columbus is seven goals, which was earned on Oct. 30, 2022, at the Rock in a 7-1 win. The most goals that the Devils allowed in a single game vs Columbus is six goals, three times, with the last time taking place on Feb. 10, 2018, after a 6-1 defeat at Columbus. The most shots that Jersey earned in a single game vs Columbus is 53, which was also earned on Oct. 30, 2022. The most shots that the Devils allowed in a single game vs Columbus is 55, which was logged on Feb. 16, 2020, in a 4-3 shootout win
at the Rock. The last time the Devils shut out the Jackets was Feb. 28, 2015, in a 2-0 victory at the Rock. Goaltender Cory Schneider earned 33 saves in the effort. The last time Columbus shut out the Devils was Jan. 18, 2020, in a 5-0 loss at Columbus – Elvis Merzlikins denied the Devils 36 times in the effort. The two foes first-ever meeting took place on Dec. 27, 2000, at Continental Airlines Arena, after a 2-2 tie. Espen Knutsen scored the game’s first goal, while Randy McKay scored New Jersey’s first-ever goal vs Columbus in franchise history. The two teams have never met in the postseason. In the NHL’s 2000 Expansion Draft, Columbus selected forward Jeff Williams from New Jersey.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE .
Thu. Feb. 16, at STL, 8:00 P.M. E.T.
Sat. Feb. 18, at PIT, 5:30 P.M. E.T.
Sun. Feb. 19, vs WPG, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Tue. Feb. 21, vs MTL, 7:00 P.M.
Thu. Feb. 23, vs LAK, 7:00 P.M.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS NOTES:

Feb. 14, 2023 Game No. 54 (16-33-4, 36 pts.)
vs. New Jersey Devils (34-13-5, 73 pts.), Nationwide Arena Home Game No. 30 (11-16-2, 24 pts.)
The Blue Jackets Press Box website, which includes game notes, stats, releases and video/audio clips as well as the 2022-23 Media Guide can be accessed at bluejackets.com/pressbox. Follow @BlueJacketsPR on Twitter for comprehensive information and updates on the team.

THE LAST GAME: FEB. 11, 2023 – CBJ 4 at TOR 3
CBJ Goal Scorers: Jenner (15), Marchenko (14), Kuraly (10), Johnson (11)
TOR Goal Scorers: Nylander (29), Bunting (16), PP – Rielly (2)
Goalies: CBJ – Merzlikins (26/29; 60:00); TOR – Woll (36/40; 56:56)
CBJ PP: 0/4; PK: 0/1 | Shots: CBJ: 40 / TOR: 29
3 Stars: 1. Jenner, CBJ; 2. Johnson, CBJ; 3. Marchenko, CBJ
Noteworthy: CBJ trailed 2-0 after the 1st period, but scored 3 goals in the 2nd period and 1 goal in the 3rd to win… Jenner recorded his 6th multi-point effort of the season (1-1-2)… Johnson registered his 5th multi-point outing of the campaign (1-1-2)… Marchenko tallied his 3rd multi-point game of the season (1-1-2), picking up his 1st career NHL assist… Peeke recorded 8 hits and 8 blocked shots, tying his career high in both categories (second time for both).

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
Danforth (torn labrum); Placed on Injured Reserve (Oct. 25); 6 months (47 games)
Voracek (concussion); Placed on Injured Reserve (Nov. 4); out indefinitely (42 games)
Werenski (torn labrum); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to Nov. 10); rest of regular season (40 games)
Bean (shoulder); Placed on IR (retro to Nov. 15); out indefinitely (38 games)
Chinakhov (ankle); Placed on IR (Dec. 20); 4 weeks (22 games)
Meyer (oblique strain); Placed on IR (Jan. 11); 6-8 weeks (13 games)
Nyquist (shoulder); Placed on IR (Jan. 28); out indefinitely (5 games)
TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 361

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
Feb. 9 Recalled Berni from Cleveland (AHL)
Feb. 1 Assigned Berni and Bjork to Cleveland (AHL)

TONIGHT’S GAME BROADCAST INFO
7:30pm ET | Bally Sports Ohio | 97.1 The Fan

AGAINST THE DEVILS
2022-23 Series: 0-1-0 (0-0-0 vs. NJD)
2021-22 Series: 3-1-0 (2-0-0 vs. NJD)
All-Time Series: 27-15-1-2 (16-7-0-0 vs. NJD)
Last 10 (Overall | Home): 7-2-1 | 8-2-0
All-Time GF/GA: 123/102
All-Time SF/SA: 1,269/1,357
All-Time PP: 16-of-143
All-Time PK: 123-of-148

THE LAST GAME VS. NJD: OCT. 30, 2022 – CBJ 1 at NJD 7
CBJ Goal Scorers: Chinakhov (2)
NJD Goal Scorers: Zetterlund (1), Hischier (4), Graves (1), Marino (1), PP – Siegenthaler (1), Bratt (4), Wood (2)
Goalies: CBJ – Merzlikins (46/53; 60:00); NJD – Vanecek (20/21; 60:00)
CBJ PP: 0/2; PK: 2/3 | Shots: CBJ: 21 / NJD: 53
3 Stars: 1. Hischier, NJD; 2. Marino, NJD; 3. Zetterlund, NJD
Noteworthy: CBJ lost 3rd consecutive game… NJD scored in 1st and 3 goals in 2nd/3rd… Chinakhov scored a goal to give him 2-0-2 in the last 4 games… Sillinger recorded an assist giving him 0-2-2 in the last 3 contests… Johnson registered an assist and now has 3-2-5 in the last 6 outings.

SEASON SERIES LEFT: Apr. 6 at NJD

NOTED (Team Highlights vs. NJD)
CBJ have won 15 of the last 19 games of the series dating back to 3/5/17 (15-3-1), outscoring the Devils 59-36 over that stretch… CBJ have won the last 7 home games in the series since 2/10/18, outscoring the Devils 30-10… CBJ have scored 4+ goals in each of the last 5 home victories… CBJ have recorded power play goals in 2 of the last 3 meetings (2-of-8; 25.0 pct.) and 3 of the past 5 (3-of-14; 21.4 pct.)… Winning team has recorded 3+ goals in 10 of the last 11 games… CBJ own 4 of the 7 shutouts in the series with Merzlikins registering the most recent one with 41 saves in a 5-0 win on 1/18/20 at NWA… Most goals scored vs. NJD: 6 – 3x (MR: 2/10/18)… Most goals allowed vs. NJD: 6 (12/31/00).

NOTED (Player Highlights vs. NJD)
Gaudreau recorded his 5th career hat trick on 3/12/19 vs. NJD (Blackwood)… Nyquist collected 200th career assist on 2/16/20 at NJD…Peeke scored his 1st career goal on 2/16/20 at NJD… Voracek skated in his 900th career game on 2/6/20 vs. NJD and 1000th career game on 1/6/22 at NJD.

SCORING NOTABLES vs. NJD
• Gaudreau – 6-16-22 in 14 GP with points in all but 3 of his contests, including points in 8 consecutive games played against the club (6-12-18) prior to the clubs’ 1st meeting of the season on Oct. 30 and points in 6 of his 7 career home appearances (5-8-13) and each of the last 4-straight (4-6-10).
• Jenner – 10-7-17 in 30 career GP, including 2-1-3 in his last 3 contests overall and 3-5-8 with 3 multi-point efforts in his last 7 home contests.
• Korpisalo – 5-2-0, 1.85 GAA and .934 SV% in 7 career GP, including wins in 4 of his last 5 appearances since Jan. 15, 2019 and a 4-0-0 record with a 1.50 GAA and .944 SV% in 4 career home contests.
• Laine – 5-4-9 in 13 GP, including assists in each of his last 2 home contests (1-2-3).

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