New Jersey Devils 3 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 5
- Attendance: 16,514 (sold out)
- Three Stars: 1. Artemi Panarin 2. Brian Boyle 3. Alexander Wennberg
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- New Jersey fell, 3-5, to Columbus in the second half of their home-and-home set. The Metropolitan Division rivals split the series with both teams gaining two points. Columbus overtook the divison lead from New Jersey.
- The Devils and Blue Jackets were tied 3-3 after 40 minutes of play. The Devils are 1-2-2 this season when the score is tied after two periods.
- Tonight’s contest was also the first of New Jersey’s seventh set of back-to-back games in 2017-18. The club is 5-2-0 in first games and will look to improve to 5-2-0 in second games, 4-2-0, when face the Rangers at Madison Square Garden tomorrow night.
- Washington defeated New York, 4-2, tonight. New Jersey is currently in third place in the Metropolitan Division. Six of the eight top teams in the East are in the 16-team Eastern Conference and are separated by just 5PTS.
- The Devils are 7-6-2 all-time when facing the Blue Jackets on home-ice but are 3-6-1 against since the NHL moved to a four division matrix in 2013-14.
- The Devils were out-shot, 24-28, including 10-5 in the final period. New Jersey has not had more shots than their opponent in six games (Nov. 24 vs. VAN).
- NJD’s power play was 0-4 tonight. It was the third consecuvtive game where New Jersey did not convert on the man-advantage (0-8). Despite the recent dip in production, the Devils are still ranked 5th in the NHL with a 27.27% success rate at home (12th overall, 20.45%).
- New Jersey was 1-2 on the penalty kill tonight, and are 22-25 over the last eight games (88.0%).
- After tonight’s loss, the Devils are 16-8-4 overall, 6-5-2 at Prudential Center, 9-3-2 vs. the Eastern Conference and 2-2-0 vs. the Metro Div.
- Cory Schneider started in net for New Jersey. He fell to 11-6-3, surrendering five goals on 28 shots.
- Brian Boyle opened the scoring 8:29 into the first period to give New Jersey a 1-0 lead. (assists: J. Hayes, M. Wood). It was his fifth goal of the season and his fifth point in the last eight games.
- The assist wsa Hayes’ for point since Nov. 11 vs. FLA. He had been a scratch in eight of the 11 games since Nov. 11
- Miles Wood’s assist was his 12th point of the season. He needs just 5PTS to match his 2016-17 total of 17PTS in 60GP.
- Marcus Johansson tallied New Jersey’s 2nd goal at 14:10 of the opening frame, giving NJD a 2-0. The first-year-Devil has points in back-to-back games for the second time this season. He needs 3PTS to reach 300 in his NHL career.
- Stefan Noesen had the sole assist of Johansson’s goal. The Plano, TX native has 3PTS (1G-2A) over the past two games since playing RWon the line with Johansson and Travis Zajac.
- Blake Coleman notched the Devils’ third and final goal of the evening to tie the game 3-3 with just 20 seconds remaining in the second period. It was his first goal since Nov. 7 vs. STL.
- Brian Gibbons and Steven Santini had the helpers on Coleman’s goal.
“It wasn’t our best night but we have a game tomorrow so we’ll put it behind us.” – Nico Hischier