BLUE JACKETS 0 | DEVILS 2
Mark Letestu Post Game
David Clarkson Post Game
Curtis McElhinney Post Game
Todd Richards Post Game
ANALYSIS: Whenever you play the New Jersey Devils, it's a safe bet that they will make it difficult to get pucks to the net. Such has been the case tonight, as the Blue Jackets have 17 shots at Cory Schneider through two periods and they have struggled to sustain any pressure in the offensive zone. Both goaltenders have played well, but quality scoring chances have been hard to come by so far, and the Devils' suffocating defensive coverage has something to do with that. The Blue Jackets need to do a better job of getting pucks below the goal line, creating some traffic around the Devils' net.
Second Period Highlights
ANALYSIS: The only thing the Blue Jackets have to be disappointed about after 20 minutes is the score. They dominated the opening period, with a 14-8 SAT edge at even strength and they made a late-period penalty kill look fairly simple. So far, the lone goal in the game came off the stick of Andy Greene, who came flying down the left wing and let a shot go under the crossbar at 15:47. The Foligno-Johansen-Clarkson line was pretty solid at the start, and Clarkson came inches from scoring a goal in his first game with the Jackets as he redirected a Foligno centering pass right through the crease. Shots are 9-6 in favor of Columbus.
First Period Highlights
UPDATE (10:45 A.M.): Oh hey -- another update! Bobrovsky came off the ice this morning feel great, so he will instead serve as the backup tonight against the Devils. Oscar Dansk is being reassigned to Springfield.
UPDATE (10:35 A.M.): Sergei Bobrovsky is "getting close" to a return, Richards said, and that could come tomorrow in Pittsburgh. They'll make a decision in the morning.
UPDATE (10:25 A.M.): Here is today's Blue Jackets lineup:
Curtis McElhinney starts in goal with Oscar Dansk backing up.
UPDATE (10:15 A.M.): Brandon Dubinsky will not play today against the Devils, per coach Todd Richards. He is sidelined indefinitely due to a concussion. Dubinsky fell awkwardly in Thursday's game vs. Montreal and did not return. He came in Friday feeling great, but developed symptoms during practice and was soon diagnosed with a concussion.
UPDATE (10:10 A.M.): Clarkson will start today's game on a line with Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno.
UPDATE (10:00 A.M): Good morning, friends!
There's a lot to digest before today's 5 p.m. start against the New Jersey Devils. David Clarkson is expected to make his Blue Jackets debut this afternoon, and he skated this morning with a few of his new teammates.