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Game #8 Preview/Gamethread: Blue Jackets visit Devils

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Columbus Blue Jackets v New Jersey Devils

Sunday, October 31, 2021 - 5:00 EST
Prudential Center - Newark, New Jersey
TV: Bally Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: All About the Jersey

Columbus Blue Jackets (4-3-0, 8 points, t-6th Metro, t-11th East)

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New Jersey Devils (4-2-0, 8 points, 5th Metro, 10th East)

It’s a spooooooooky Halloween match, as the ghostly Blue Jackets offense seeks to resurrect itself against the frighteningly successful New Jersey Devils.

Player to Watch

Gus Nyquist

Nyquist has just a single point this season: his goal late in garbage time in the opener against Arizona. For someone relied on for top six minutes (fifth in average TOI among Columbus forwards), he needs to provide a lot more. It’s not even that he’s been unlucky; he’s not even getting chances. He has only six shots on goals in seven games.

He’s projected to play today on a line with Cole Sillinger and Gregory Hofmann, a line which feels more like spare parts than any sort of coherent blend of skills and styles.

Jackets Notes

After two straight starts, Elvis Merzlikins sits in favor of Joonas Korpisalo, who last played in a loss to Carolina just over a week ago. With a light schedule coming up, Korpi may have to wait another week or more before playing again.

The Other Bench

The Devils are coming off of a win against Pittsburgh last night, in what was somehow their first road game of the season ... Like Columbus, the Devils have gotten their wins mostly at home and mostly against struggling teams, with their losses coming against the best teams they’ve faced ... Read more about their offseason here.

Season Series

10/31/2021 CBJ @ NJD
01/06/2022 CBJ @ NJD
01/08/2022 NJD @ CBJ
03/01/2022 NJD @ CBJ

Stats

New Jersey Columbus
3.00 (13) GPG 2.71 (20)
2.83 (15) GAPG 2.71 (11)
20.0% (15) PP% 22.7% (13)
73.9% (25) PK% 75.0% (24)
53.0% (7) 5v5 Shot Attempt % 47.3% (26)
53.3% (8) 5v5 Unblocked shot attempt % 46.0% (29)
6.4 (25) 5v5 Shooting % 6.6 (22)
.927 (17) 5v5 Save % .946 (5)
Pavel Zacha, 4 G Leader Boone Jenner, 4
Dougie Hamilton, 4 A Leader Oliver BJORKSTRAND, 6
Dougie Hamilton, Andreas Johnsson, Pavel Zacha, 5 P Leader Oliver BJORKSTRAND, 9
Mason Geertsen, 19 PIM Leader Jakub Voracek, Cole Sillinger, 10
3-2-0 Home / Road 0-2-0
4-2-0 Last 10 4-3-0

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Patrik Laine Boone Jenner Jakub Voracek
Max Domi Jack Roslovic Oliver BJORKSTRAND
Gus Nyquist Cole Sillinger Gregory Hofmann
Eric Robinson Sean Kuraly Alexandre Texier
Zach Werenski Jake Bean
Vladislav Gavrikov Andrew Peeke
Gabriel Carlsson Scott Harrington
Joonas Korpisalo
Elvis Merzlikins
New Jersey Devils
Tomas Tatar Nico Hischier Pavel Zacha
Jesper Bratt Dawson Mercer Andreas Johnsson
Jimmy Vesey Michael McLeod Yegor Sharangovitch
Janne Kuokkanen Frederik Gauthier Marian Studenic
Ryan Graves Dougie Hamilton
Ty Smith Damon Severson
PK Subban Jonas Siegenthaler
Scott Wedgewood
Jonathan Bernier