GAME 65: BLUE JACKETS VS. DEVILS
NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7:00 P.M.
TV: FOX SPORTS OHIO / FOX SPORTS GO
RADIO: 97.1 & BLUEJACKETS.COM
The Blue Jackets are getting ready to face off against the New Jersey Devils in their next game and no, that's not a typo. Just over 48-hours after winning 3-0 in New Jersey on Sunday, the Blue Jackets will be the hosts for the two teams' third meeting this season.
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The Jackets and Devils have split the two games against each other this year, (1-1-0), but with the win on Sunday, Columbus took a one-game edge in the all-time series (13-12-1-1), and look to extend that Tuesday.
The Jackets will be without Josh Anderson's services - the forward left Sunday's game and did not return after suffering a lower body injury.
With an open spot, the Jackets have added T.J. Tynan to the roster on an emergency recall basis. In 55 games with the Cleveland Monsters this year, Tynan leads the team in total points and assists (7-23-30).
JACKETS ADD TYNAN TO THE ROSTER
Tuesday's game starts a three-game road trip for the Devils (25-28-12), who are searching for their first win in eight games.
Here are five things to watch for:
There's a saying "you miss 100% of the shots you don't take" and Boone Jenner isn't willing to make that mistake. He currently sits second overall in the NHL in individual 5-on-5 shot attempts through the past 10 games (62) according to datarink.com. That effort is producing results for the assistant captain - his goal on Sunday wasn't just the game winner, it was also his 13th of the season and fourth since the All-Star break.
Video: CBJ@NJD: Jenner jams a loose puck into the twine
Getting rest when you can.
March is a busy month for the Jackets. In the 31 days, they will play 16 games including five back-to-backs, with nine practice days. Monday was a deserved rest day for the team after playing four games in six nights. Tortorella said he wants to "rely more on rest than practice" down the stretch and that energy for games is the priority.
Matt Calvert and Lukas Sedlak remain on injured reserve. Both suffered oblique strains prior to the bye week. Calvert is considered week-to-week and Sedlak is day-to-day. The two have been skating on their own.
Way to Gagner points.
Sam Gagner had a 30-game stretch without a goal dating back to Dec. 27, but the weekend's road trip reignited the forward who had two goals and one assist in the two games against Ottawa and New Jersey. He's currently in fifth place among all Jackets in total points this season (16-23-39), and fourth overall in goals scored (16).
Video: CBJ@NJD: Gagner crashes the net, buries a rebound
The Devils have lost seven straight games and will be looking to recapture the magic they had the last time they were at Nationwide Arena, when they beat the Jackets 5-1. Tortorella always gives the reminder that no opponent can be overlooked. Tuesday is another opportunity for the team to show they are hearing his message.