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Coleman, Zajac and Gusev likely to see time on the man advantage versus Columbus

by Chris Wescott TheChrisWescott /

Blake Coleman has undoubtedly been one of New Jersey's best players 5-on-5 - and shorthanded - this season. He's overtaken Kyle Palmieri as the team's leader in goals with 19 in 47 games.

And now, he'll likely be unleashed on the power play. On Friday afternoon, the line of Coleman, Travis Zajac and Nikita Gusev were on the second unit.

"Obviously, it's a privilege to be put in a position like that," said Coleman. "I feel like we've been working towards that and we've played pretty well 5-on-5 together, so it would be nice to have a look at the man advantage and, hopefully, ultimately we produce goals."

"I mean, the power play is struggling a little bit," said Interim Head Coach Alain Nasreddine. "We need a little bit more. More of an attacking mindset and those guys have been doing all the right things now for awhile.

"They're successful, 5-on-5 and they deserve a shot on the power play. When things don't go well, you gotta try something different. And those guys, like I said, they deserve it. We need production out of our power play. So we'll look into trying something different."

The Devils take on the Blue Jackets tomorrow night in Columbus.

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