COLUMBUS, OH - The New Jersey Devils closed out the preseason with a 2-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night. Taylor Hall tallied a goal and an assist for the Devils and Cory Schneider received a shutout, saving all 32 shots on net in the win.
Taylor Hall's snipe put the Devils up 1-0 over the Blue Jackets about nine minutes into the first period. The goal was assisted by Nico Hischier and Jesper Bratt. The Blue Jackets had three power-play opportunities in the first period, including a 5-on-3, but did not connect.
The Devils return home to open the 2019-20 season Friday, October 4 against the Winnipeg Jets on home ice at Prudential Center.
The second period was quiet for both teams until Alexandre Texier put a rebound into an open net, but the goal was waved off due to Columbus' Pierre-Luc Dubois skating into Schneider.
The Devils added to their lead at 8:30 of the final period when Travis Zajac lit the lamp on the power-play. The goal was assisted by Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri, giving Hall his second point of the night.
Cory Schneider played all three periods for the Devils, saving all 32 shots on goal in the win for New Jersey.
Schneider felt the best he has in a while and was happy with his play tonight, as he has wanted to improve throughout the preseason.
"It was great, I wanted to keep improving as the preseason went on and keep improving my game. It was probably my most complete and cleanest game so far I'd say," said Schneider.
Friday's game was the final one of the preseason for the Devils and they will open the 2019-20 season a week from today on October 4 against the Winnipeg Jets.