The Devils defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-1, on Saturday with goals by Taylor Hall (x2), Jacob Josefson (his first of the season), Travis Zajac (PPG) and Seth Helgeson (his first in the NHL). Here's what we learned:
1) Hall said after the game that this was a scrappy team and they needed to win puck battles all over the ice to find success and give themselves a chance to win. Tonight, that's exactly what they did.
2) The Devils dominated play for the first two periods, but then took their foot off the gas a little bit early in the third up 3-0. Columbus made them pay for it with a shorthanded goal to break Cory Schneider's shutout, but as the Blue Jackets turned up the heat so did the Devils scoring two more in the final minutes of regulation to cement the window of opportunity shut.
3) The Devils are now 8-0-1 in their last nine road games. The challenge now is to carry that mojo back home to Prudential Center as eight of their next nine games are at home.
The Devils have a complete day off tomorrow and will host the Buffalo Sabres at Prudential Center on Monday night before a five-day break.