New Jersey Devils (21-21-9) at Columbus Blue Jackets (33-12-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 4, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets / New Jersey Devils --- Over/Under:
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The Columbus Blue Jackets look to continue their impressive season as they take to the ie at home on Saturday against the New Jersey Devils.
The Devils head into Columbus looking to pull off the upset against one of the league’s best home teams and they will need a better effort than they had last night against the Calgary Flames that finished as a 4-3 overtime loss. New Jersey hasn’t had the season many expected and while Corey Schneider has been strong at times this year he hasn’t quite taken over the way he did for this group last season and as a result the Devils have taken a hit and will need to play much better if they’re going to make the playoffs. New Jersey is likely to stick with Schneider in this spot as he will face off against Sergei Bobrvosky or Jonas Korpisalo who have combined to have a strong season playing behind the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Jackets continue to be one of the biggest surprises in the league as they have gone from a league doormat and drafting third overall to one of the best records in the NHL and would need a massive collapse to fall out of a playoff spot at this point. Columbus has a ton of talent all over the ice but not many of which are household names but that is perhaps why they have been playing so well as they have had to play a complete team guy and guys like Cam Atkinson have stepped up huge as he has 25 goals this season and is among the league leaders in that category. The Jackets are coming off an overtime loss last night but did play well against the defending champs on the road and will return for a cake walk here against New Jersey.
The Devils are 5-0 in their last five road games and 2-5 in their last seven Saturday games while the Jackets are 4-1 in their last five in the back end of a double header and 9-4 in their last 13 against the Metro. Columbus should have no issues here getting the win as they continue their impressive home ice resume.