New Jersey Devils 4 at Columbus Blue Jackets 1
- Attendance: 14,282
- Three Stars: 1. Cory Schneider 2. Nico Hischier 3. Taylor Hall
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- New Jersey defeated the Blue Jackets, 4-1, to finish their three-game, road-trip with a 2-1-0 record. Tonight’s game was the opening-segment of a home-and-home set vs. Columbus. The two clubs will face-off again on Friday at Prudential Center (7PM, MSG+, The One Jersey Network). (other games; Feb. 10 at CBJ, Feb. 20 at NJD).
- The Devils have taken control of first place (36PTS) in the Metropolitan Divison with the victory.
- The Devils are 7-7-2 all-time at CBJ and are 3-3-1 at Nationwide Arena since the 2014-15 season.
- The Devils are now 12-0-1 when leading after two-periods. Since 2016-17, the
Devils are 31-0-9 when leading after 40 minutes of play.
- Tonight’s game was just the third time this season that the Devils faced a Metropolitan Division foe in 2017-18. New Jersey is 2-1-0 (2-0-0 road) against the Metro and is 9-2-2 (6-0-1 road) vs. Eastern Confernece competition.
- Goaltender Cory Schneider recorded his 100th win as a New Jersey Devil as he improved to 11-5-3 in the 2017-18 season. He stopped 41 of 42 shots (.976 save%) and has stopped 63 of 65 shots in his current, two-game, win-streak. He was the game’s First Star.
- It was the 21st time Schneider faced Columbus in his NHL career, which is the most games he has played against, than any other NHL opponent.
- Travis Zajac opened the scoring to give New Jersey a 1-0 lead at 4:24 of the first period. The goal was the alternate captain’s first point of the season and his first since March 25, 2017 vs. CAR (17 games).
- Zajac’s new linemates, Stefan Noesen and Marcus Johansson assisted on the goal. Zajac had a season-high, five shots on goal.
- Noesen also notched the Devils’ third goal with just 46 seconds remaining in the second period for the first two-point night of his NHL career. He ended a 17-game, goal-drought with the marker (last goal; Oct. 9 at BUF).
- Johansson’s secondary assist was his first point since returning from missing 13 games, Nov. 3-27, due to a concussion he suffered on Nov. 1 at VAN.
- Taylor Hall also had a two-point night (1G-1A). He scored the game-winner at 4:47 of the middle period to give New Jersey a 2-1 lead. It was his eighth multi-point game of 2017-18. Hall leads New Jersey with 29 points (9G-20A). He is scoring 1.15 points-per-game and is on projection to finish the regular-season with 91PTS.
- Jesper Bratt scored New Jersey’s fourth and final goal of the evening. It was the rookie’s ninth goal of the season and his second on their three-game, road-trip (also; 1G, Dec. 1 at COL). He is ranked fourth among NHL rookies with 9 goals (tie, 2 others).
- Bratt also had an assist on Hall’s GWG.
- Nico Hischier had two assists tonight and was named the second star of the game. He assisted on Hall’s game-winner and Noesen’s goal and had 3 shots in 13:28.
- He now has 20 points on the season which ranks fourth in the NHL among rookies
- New Jersey was out-shot, 36-42. Columbus peppered Schneider is 16 shots during the first period, scoring only once.
- The Devils were 6-6 on the penalty-kill tonight and are 17-18 (94.4%) over the last five games. They only had one power play opportunity and did not convert.
- Steven Sanitni returned to the lineup after being a healthy-scratch in the first two games of the road trip.
- Blake Coleman was 9-12 (75%) in the face-off circle tonight.
MUELLER (IR, retro. to Nov. 12, fractured clavicle, 10GP missed).
PALMIERI (IR, retro to Nov. 20, broken right foot, 7GP missed).
Man-Games Lost to Injury/Illness: 88