New Jersey Devils (25-28-12) at Columbus Blue Jackets (41-17-6)
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 7, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -250 / New Jersey Devils +215 --- Over/Under: 5
The New Jersey Devils take the ice at Nationwide Arena to face the Columbus Blue Jackets in an NHL hockey tilt on Tuesday.
The winning formula for any team in the NHL is timely scoring and tight defense with your goalie keeping the puck in front of him and not behind him. That is what the Columbus Blue Jackets are trying to do as they have thoughts of the playoffs beginning to creep in to the back of their minds. That was the formula the Blue Jackets used in downing the New Jersey Devils 3-0 on the road Sunday and hopefully Tuesday in the second game of a home-and-home match up.
The Blue Jackets received their scoring from Oliver Bjorkstrand, Boone Jenner and Sam Gagner which was more then enough support for the red hot Sergei Bobrovsky who recorded 20 saves for consecutive shutouts while establishing a club record with win number 34. Columbus has now won four of six with Bobrovsky allowing one goal the past three games in the nets.
The Devils playoff dreams have been unraveling the last few weeks with the loss to the Blue Jackets saddling the team with seven consecutive defeats with the offense having some issues overall this year with Tuesday loss representing the 6th time the team has been whitewashed this season. Corey Schneider recorded 18 saves in a losing performance against a surging team and a scorching hot goalie that hasn’t needed much support.
The Devils are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Metropolitan and the Devils are 0-7 in their last 7 overall while the Devils are 0-4 in their last 4 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. The under is 4-0 in Blue Jackets last 4 vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and the Blue Jackets are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Metropolitan while the under is 4-0 in Blue Jackets last 4 overall. The over is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings in Columbus and the Devils are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings while the Devils are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Columbus.
New Jersey has struggled against the Blue Jackets so for now my lean is Columbus if Bobrovsky is starting…