DEVILS VS. BLUE JACKETS
Tonight is the third of four meetings between New Jersey and Columbus in 2016-17. The Devils are 1-1-0 against the Blue Jackets this season. The club defeated Columbus, 5-1, on Feb. 4 at Nationwide Arena and were shut-out, 3-0, on Mar. 5 at Prudential Center. The teams will play their season-series finale on Mar. 19 at Prudential Center.
New Jersey is 2-4-1 at Nationwide Arena and is 4-8-2 overall against the Blue Jackets since the 2013-14 season. Tonight is the first of a three-game, road-trip for the Devils. The club is looking to snap their three-game losing-streak on the road.
Cory Schneider has started in both games vs. Columbus this season and has a .926 save-percentage and a 2.00 GAA. He is 10-7-2 in his career against the Blue Jackets.
BLUE JACKETS CONNECTIONS
Devils Head Coach John Hynes served as an assistant coach with Columbus Head Coach John Tortorella on the United States' 2016 World Cup of Hockey team…Kyle Palmieri, Cory Schneider and Brandon Dubinsky were teammates on Team USA's 2016 WCH squad…John Moore was Columbus' first choice, 21st overall, in the 2009 Entry Draft; he saw action in 86 games with the Blue Jackets from 2011-13…Dalton Prout was Columbus' seventh choice, 154th overall in the 2010 Entry Draft; he appeared in 224 games with Columbus from 2011-17; traded to the Devils on Mar. 1 for Kyle Quincey…Columbus forward David Clarkson played six-plus seasons with New Jersey from 2006-13…Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald and Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell were teammates with Nashville for parts of two seasons from 2000-02…Director of Amateur Scouting Paul Castron held the same position with Columbus for nine seasons prior to being hired by the Devils on July 31, 2015.