Game #78 Preview: Blue Jackets look to earn zero points as they visit Devils

Jackets head to New Jersey

Columbus Blue Jackets at New Jersey Devils
Thursday, April 6, 2023 - 7:00 PM EST
Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
TV: Bally's Sports Ohio - Radio: WBNS FM

Columbus Blue Jackets, 24-45-8, 56 points, 8th Metro, 16th East
New Jersey Devils, 49-21-8, 106 points, 2nd Metro, 3rd East

The Columbus Blue Jackets head off on one of their final two road trips of the season tonight as the team takes on the New Jersey Devils. The Jackets, who have risen up the standings lately, desperately need to take no points from this game to keep the dream of an elite player alive.

Player to Watch

Jack Hughes

The former number one overall pick has truly broken out this season, posting a 40-51-91 line for a surprising New Jersey squad. Hughes has 5 points in his last 5 games and is 13th in the league in points for the season. After his 2021-22 season was derailed by injuries, Hughes has regained his form and taken off in the way many expected him to when he was drafted first overall.

Jackets Notes

Kirill Marchenko is now the Jackets rookie goal scoring leader, with 21 ... Johnny Gaudreau has 4-12-16 in his last 13 games and has 20 multi-point games this season ... Eric Robinson has set a career high in goals this season with 12 ... Jack Roslovic is on a six game point streak with 4-4-8

The Other Bench

This is the second to last home game for the Devils this season ... since acquiring Timo Meier, Meier has 7-3-10 in 17 games ... Hughes, Nico Hischer, Dougie Hamilton, and Dawson Mercer have all set career best scoring marks this season ... The Devils, with a win tonight, would clinch the second 50 win season in franchise history

Season Series

10/30/2023 CBJ 1 @ NJD 7
02/14/2023 NJD 3 @ CBJ 2
04/06/2023 CBJ @ NJD


New Jersey   Columbus
3.45 (6) GPG 2.65 (30)
2.73 (8) GAPG 3.97 (31)
21.5% (14) PP% 18.7% (25)
82.4% (7) PK% 76.1% (23)
54.23% (4) 5v5 Shot Attempt % 44.99% (29)
55.50% (3) 5v5 Unblocked shot attempt % 44.65% (29)
8.49 (18) 5v5 Shooting % 7.81 (27)
.916 (13) 5v5 Save % .902 (29)
Jack Hughes, 40 G Leader Boone Jenner, 26
Dougie Hamilton, 52 A Leader Johnny Gaudreau, 52
Jack Hughes, 91 P Leader Johnny Gaudreau, 71
Miles Wood, 74 PIM Leader Mathieu Olivier, 81
22-13-4 Home / Road 9-24-6
5-4-1 Last 10 3-6-1

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets

Johnny Gaudreau Boone Jenner Kirill Marchenko
Eric Robinson Sean Kuraly Emil Bemstrom
Liam Foudy Kent Johnson Jack Roslovic
Joona Luoto Josh Dunne Hunter McKown
Gavin Bayreuther Andrew Peeke
Tim Berni Adam Boqvist
Billy Sweezey Marcus Bjork
Michael Hutchinson
Jon Gillies

New Jersey Devils

Tomas Tatar Nico Hischer Dawson Mercer
Ondrej Palat Jack Hughes Jesper Bratt
Timo Meier Erik Haula Jesper Boqvist
Miles Wood Michael McLeod Nathan Bastian
Kevin Bahl Dougie Hamilton
Ryan Graves John Marino
Jonas Sigenthaler Damon Severson
Vitek Vanacek
Mackenzie Blackwood

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