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NJD Falls to CBJ Despite Strong Start by Kinkaid

Devils blanked by Blue Jackets 2-0: Three Things We Learned

by Julie Robenhymer @JulieRobenhymer /

The Devils dropped a 2-0 shutout to Columbus at Nationwide Arena Tuesday night despite 23 saves by Keith Kinkaid. Here's what we learned: 

1) Kinkaid waited more than two weeks to show off his skills again and he didn't waste the opportunity. He was sharp all game and gave the Devils a chance to win. He only allowed one goal and the second came from an empty netter.  

2) The Devils put up 33 shots on Sergei Bobrovsky, but as Taylor Hall who had four shots tonight said after the game, "he doesn't give you much to shoot at." Beau Bennett and Kyle Palmieri led the team with five shots apiece. 

3) The top line of Hall, Palmieri and Zajac, was getting all sorts of chances. Head coach John Hynes kept sending them out with the thought that at some point one has to sneak through. All three played more than 20 minutes, logging over five minutes more than any other forward. 

The Devils face-off against the Avalanche on March 9th in Colorado in a late game on a small west coast swing. 

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