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
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
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
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