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Game Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New Jersey Devils

Part two of the Devils and Blue Jackets is today, with the Devils looking to build off a strong win Tuesday night.

NHL: New Jersey Devils at Columbus Blue Jackets
Stefan Noesen, taking the puck while Seth Jones attempts to defend.
Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

The battle of the top two continues! Columbus heads to New Jersey now, after having lost 4-1 to the Devils on Tuesday. Here’s the preview.

The Matchup: Columbus Blue Jackets (17-10-1 SBN; The Cannon) vs. the New Jersey Devils (16-7-4)

The Time: 7:00 PM EST

The Broadcast: MSG+

Who Plays?: After a strong game against the Blue Jackets, it remains to be seen whether or not any changes in the lineup will occur. As mentioned in the last preview, Pavel Zacha was the player held out by the Devils. Will that happen again? As of now, it remains to be seen.

Also, as mentioned before, I have no idea why players like Drew Stafford are still playing for this team. Drew Stafford, at least in my opinion, has not been impressive to me at all. He has now gone 10 games without a point, and his time has been steadily decreasing (aside from two games ago, where he averaged 18 minutes). To understand why a player like Pavel Zacha, who may still have potential, is sitting is unfeasible.

Our Star Goalie: Cory Schneider is back, and super strong. He has a .923 save percentage now, and has an 11-5-3 record. He has now gone 6 straight games with a save percentage over .915, and isn’t looking to slow down.

Their Star Goalie: Meanwhile, on the other end, Sergei Bobrovsky is arguably a top 3 goalie in the league. He has a .929 save percentage, good for 4th in the league (tied for 3rd if you discount Aaron Dell), and is the holding Vezina Trophy holder. Hopefully, the Devils beat him again, and get another win.

Who To Watch On Columbus: Offensively, the team is about depth. Artemi Panarin leads the team in points, with 20 points in 28 games. Josh Anderson leads the team in goals, with 10 goals on the year. Defensemen Zach Werenski and Seth Jones are the main threats offensively for defensemen, with Werenski having 8 goals and 7 assists, while Seth Jones has 3 goals and 11 assists.

Anyway...: Short preview, because there was a preview on Columbus just three days ago. If there are any updates, I’ll try to put it in the comments below. Anyway, take care guys!