NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, October 28th (All times eastern)
Columbus Blue Jackets (3-4-1) at New Jersey Devils (5-4-1), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils resume a three-game homestand this evening when the Columbus Blue Jackets invade Continental Airlines Arena for the lone meeting between the clubs this season.
The Devils kicked off the stretch in fine fashion on Thursday, as Martin Brodeur turned back all 29 shots he faced to lead New Jersey to a 2-0 decision over Florida.
Brodeur recorded his 82nd career shutout, tying Jacques Plante for fourth on the league's all-time list. Plante accomplished the feat in 837 games, while Brodeur has appeared in 822 contests. Glenn Hall is next on the list with 84 shutouts.
The legendary goaltender has won all three of his home starts so far this season and has posted a 2.60 goals against average over those outings.
Patrik Elias and Zach Parise each netted power play goals for the Devils, who avoided their first four-game winless streak since going 0-2-2 from December 6-11, 2005.
New Jersey will wrap up its homestand against the Islanders on Thursday.
Columbus put an end to a four-game slide with a shutout victory of its own on Friday. Pascal Leclaire made 38 saves to propel the Blue Jackets to a 2-0 triumph over Los Angeles at Nationwide Arena.
Nikolai Zherdev and Fredrik Modin scored for the Blue Jackets, who won despite mustering only 14 shots on the night. It was the second fewest in a victory in franchise history, surpassed only by a 13-shot output in a 2-0 decision over the Kings on March 2, 2002.
Columbus has scored only 19 goals in 2006-07, the third-lowest mark in the league at the moment. The team's best sniper, Rick Nash, hasn't lit the lamp in five consecutive games, his longest drought since an eight-game run from January 29-February 4, 2004.
The Jackets won their only encounter with the Devils last season, a 3-2 home overtime triumph back in December. Columbus has never won (one loss, one tie) in two lifetime visits to the Meadowlands, however.
10/28 10:45:58 ET