Game #66 Preview: Gotta go through hell to get to heaven

A good chance to get two points, if they can take it

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 7:00 EST
Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
TV: Fox Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: All About the Jersey

Columbus Blue Jackets (36-26-3, 75 points, 5th Metro, 9th East)


New Jersey Devils (25-33-8, 58 points, 8th Metro, 14th East)

Last week sucked. The enthusiasm and good will earned through the trade deadline has been squandered thanks to a 1-3 record - all at home! - since the deadline. Two critically important games against the Pittsburgh Penguins loom, but first a game against the New Jersey Devils. They are not good this year, but that’s the kind of game these Jackets seem to play down for.

Player to Watch

Ryan Dzingel

As I said in my recap of Sunday’s game, Dzingel has been largely invisible since being acquired. Tonight is his fifth game in a Columbus uniform, so it’s time for him to start contributing. Will Torts give him top 6 minutes finally?

Jackets Notes

My projected lineups are based on these hints that Torts dropped today:

The lines changed so much that it’s hard to know which combinations Torts liked the most. Nick Foligno looked better than expected with Matt Duchene. Hopefully this means Alexander Wennberg - #FreeWennberg - plays again, and gets at least third line minutes rather than fourth line minutes. Dzingel and Josh Anderson could be a great pair of wings for him. That could be a more skilled version of the Vanek/Jenner wings he had last March.

The Other Bench

After a playoff run last year, it has been a very bad year for the Devils. All About the Jersey explains what went wrong in February ... They were sellers at the trade deadine ... Last year’s Hart Trophy winner, Taylor Hall, has been out since December with a knee injury. Considering there is nothing left to play for, he may not play again this season ... The Devils could trade Keith Kinkaid to Columbus because of the breakout season from rookie goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood. He and Cory Schneider have traded starts for the last week, and with 2.25 GAA and .931 save percentage, why wouldn’t you keep playing him to see if he’s the goalie of the future?

Season Series

12/20/2018 NJD 1 @ CBJ 2
12/23/2018 CBJ 3 @ NJD 0
01/15/2019 NJD 1 @ CBJ 4
03/05/2019 CBJ @ NJD


New Jersey   Columbus
2.83 (20) GPG 3.12 (11)
3.33 (27) GAPG 3.02 (15)
18.0% (19) PP% 15.7% (26)
83.3% (4) PK% 84.0% (3)
47.41% (29) EV Corsi % 50.43% (12)
99.1 (25) EV PDO 99.6 (17)
Kyle Palmieri, 26 G Leader Cam Atkinson, 35
Nico Hischier, 27 A Leader Artemi Panarin, 48
Kyle Palmieri, 48 P Leader Artemi Panarin, 73
Miles Wood, 72 PIM Leader Josh Anderson, 54
17-12-5 Home / Road 19-10-1
4-6-0 Last 10 4-6-0

Projected Lineups

Artemi Panarin Pierre-Luc Dubois Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno Matt Duchene Oliver BJORKSTRAND
Ryan Dzingel Alexander Wennberg Josh Anderson
Lukas Sedlak Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Markus Nutivaara David Savard
Hott Scarrington Dean Kukan
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo
Jesper Bratt Nico Hischier Drew Stafford
Kenny Agostino Travis Zajac Blake Coleman
Nick Lappin Michael McLeod Joey Anderson
Blake Pietila Kevin Rooney Egor Yakovlev
Andy Greene Damon Severson
Will Butcher Sami Vatanen
Steven Santini Connor Carrick
Cory Schneider
MacKenzie Blackwood

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