GAME 64: BLUE JACKETS VS. DEVILS
PRUDENTIAL CENTER, 5:00 P.M.
TV: FOX SPORTS OHIO / FOX SPORTS GO
RADIO: 97.1 & BLUEJACKETS.COM
Sunday closes out another back-to-back for the Blue Jackets - their 14th of the season - with a game against the New Jersey Devils. It's just the second of four times these two teams will meet this year.
The last time the Jackets faced off against New Jersey was Feb. 4 when the Devils won handily 5-1. But one of the newest Jackets, and former Devil, Kyle Quincey doesn't think that game is representative of what these Jackets are all about.
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"The team had an off night when (the Devils) played them," Quincey said. "Which I don't assume is going to happen again. I don't judge this team on that performance. Any team that rifles off (16 straight) wins in a row, that's not a fluke."
New Jersey is also playing in the second game of a back-to-back, and they are in search of their first win since Feb. 18. The Devils are 0-4-2 in their last six.
Video: Quincey on getting in the CBJ lineup immediately
Here are five things to watch for:
Producing from the blue line.
Zach Werenski tied the Jackets' rookie point scoring record (9-30-39) with two assists against Ottawa on Saturday. He and partner Seth Jones have been two of the consistent offensive forces for the team this season. In the past 18 games, Werenski has three goals and 10 assists. Jones adds another three goals and 11 assists of his own in the same span.
Defending the net.
Going into Saturday, the Jackets have the best save percentage in the League over the last 10 games (.945) according to datarink.com. With Korpisalo playing against Ottawa, it's likely to see Sergei Bobrovsky against a divisional opponent like the Devils. Bobrovsky has the fifth best save percentage (.928) in the League among goaltenders who have played 15 games or more this season.
Video: MIN@CBJ: Bobrovsky lunges to rob Hanzal in close
Calling on the penalty kill.
The Jackets penalty kill was successful Saturday going 1-0 against Ottawa, and they'll need to be sharp again against a Devils team that has a power play goal in 9 of their last 13 games. Through the last 28 full periods, the Jackets' penalty kill unit has killed off 21 of 22 penalties.
It's been just three days since Kyle Quincey joined the Blue Jackets via a trade that sent Dalton Prout to New Jersey. Quincey admitted he expects the experience will be a little "weird," but there will definitely be a couple players who know the other side well coming into Sunday's game.
Video: Quincey interviews for first time as a Blue Jacket
The Jackets will face a New Jersey team that has been bitten by the injury bug. PA Parenteau (finger) and Jacob Josefson (upper body) are both out; Pavel Zacha has missed the last four games due to a concussion; and Mike Cammalleri is expected to be out a week after suffering an upper body Thursday in a game against the Washington Capitals.
PROJECTED CBJ LINEUP:
Jenner - Dubinsky - Atkinson
Foligno - Wennberg - Bjorkstrand
Hartnell - Gagner - Saad
Korpikoski - Karlsson - Anderson
Werenski - Jones
Johnson - Savard
Murray - Quincey