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Gameday: New Jersey Devils at Columbus Blue Jackets

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Columbus Blue Jackets v New Jersey Devils Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images

Both of these teams lost overtime games last night: Columbus 3-4 in Pittsburgh and the Devils lost 3-4 at home to Calgary.

This is the Jackets’ first meeting with New Jersey, the last of their Metro opponents they haven’t faced yet. That’s weird.

I’ll update the lineups before if and when any lineup changes are announced. After a 4 day rest, Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to start both legs of this back-to-back. David Savard and Markus Nutivaara are both still listed as “day to day.” Dalton Prout is still listed as “a waste of a roster spot who got benched after just 9 shifts against Pittsburgh thus forcing the other 5 defensemen to carry the load.” It would be nice to see Dean Kukan make his season debut, wouldn’t it?

4:37 PM UPDATE: Markus Hannikainen is an emergency recall, and will take Josh Anderson’s place. Anderson is ill. Bob will start in goal. Markus Nutivaara is back and Dalton Prout is scratched.

For those of you going to the game, there will be a meetup at the cannon during the second intermission. Sounds like a good number of you will be there.

Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 7:00 EST
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
TV: Fox Sports Ohio; Radio: CD 102.5 FM
Opponent’s Blog: All About the Jersey

Columbus Blue Jackets, 33-12-5, 71 points, 2nd Metro, 2nd East

vs.

New Jersey Devils, 21-21-10, 52 points, 8th Metro, 13th East

Season Series

2/4/17 NJD @ CBJ
3/5/17 CBJ @ NJD
3/7/17 NJD @ CBJ
3/19/17 CBJ @ NJD

STATS

New Jersey Columbus
2.25 (28) GPG 3.34 (3)
2.87 (21) GAPG 2.42(5)
15.1% (26) PP% 24.6% (1)
81.0% (16) PK% 82.7% (13)
46.59% (28) EV Corsi % 49.92% (17)
99.2 (23) EV PDO 102.0 (3)
Adam Henrique and Kyle Palmieri, 14 G Leader Cam Atkinson, 25
Taylor Hall, 22 A Leader Alexander Wennberg, 34
Taylor Hall, 33 P Leader Cam Atkinson, 47
Kyle Palmieri, 42 PIM Leader Josh Anderson, 56
11-12-6 Home / Road 18-5-1
5-3-2 Last 10 5-4-1

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Brandon Saad Alexander Wennberg Nick Foligno
Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Matt Calvert William Karlsson Markus Hannikainen
Scott Hartnell Lukas Sedlak Sam Gagner
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Jack Johnson Ryan Murray
Scott Harrington Markus Nutivaara
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo
Taylor Hall Travis Zajac Kyle Palmieri
Mike Cammalleri Adam Henrique Miles Wood
Pavel Zacha Jacob Josefson Stefan Noesen
Joseph Blandisi Sergey Kalinin P.A. Parenteau
Andy Greene Ben Lovejoy
Kyle Quincey Damon Severson
Seth Helgeson Steven Santini
Cory Schneider
Kyle Kinkaid