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Preview: Blue Jackets at Devils

New Jersey again without Andy Greene; Kyle Quincey of Columbus faces former team

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

BLUE JACKETS (40-17-6) at DEVILS (25-27-12)

5 p.m. ET; MSG, FS-O, NHL.TV

 

Blue Jackets team scope

Defenseman Kyle Quincey, who was traded from the New Jersey Devils to the Columbus Blue Jackets prior to the NHL Trade Deadline on Wednesday, will face his former team. Quincey had 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 53 games for the Devils, and has no points in two games with Columbus. The Blue Jackets lost 3-2 at the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Columbus, which enters play Sunday tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins for second place in the Metropolitan Division, is 17-8-5 on the road. "This is a team that moved some people at the deadline, has some injuries, but all this team is going to do out here is come out and play right in our face" coach John Tortorella said. "They play hard. ... We better be ready to be play here. This is a very important game for us."

Devils team scope

New Jersey again will be without its captain, defenseman Andy Greene; he was did not play in a 3-2 loss at the Boston Bruins on Saturday for personal reasons. The Devils have lost six straight games (0-4-2) and look to avoid a second seven-game losing streak this season; they were 0-6-1 from Dec. 8-20. Defenseman Dalton Prout, who was traded for Quincey and selected by the Blue Jackets in the 2010 NHL Draft (No. 154), will play his former team for the first time. Prout played 224 games in parts of six seasons with the Blue Jackets and saw 18:56 of ice time in his Devils debut on Saturday. "As soon as I got traded, that was part of my conversation with [Columbus general manager] Jarmo [Kekalainen]," Prout told NorthJersey.com. "He said I was traded to New Jersey and we'll see you in a couple of days. ... But I'm looking forward to it. It's a change of scenery and I get to meet new guys."

 

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Nick Foligno -- Alexander Wennberg -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Boone Jenner -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Cam Atkinson

Scott Hartnell -- Sam Gagner -- Brandon Saad

Lauri Korpikoski -- William Karlsson -- Josh Anderson

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Jack Johnson -- David Savard

Ryan Murray -- Kyle Quincey

Sergei Bobrovsky

Joonas Korpisalo

Scratched: Scott Harrington, Markus Nutivaara

Injured: Lukas Sedlak (strained oblique), Matt Calvert (strained oblique), David Clarkson (back)

 

Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Travis Zajac -- Kyle Palmieri

Pavel Zacha -- Adam Henrique -- Beau Bennett

Nick Lappin -- Blake Coleman -- Stefan Noesen

Joseph Blandisi -- Kevin Rooney -- Devante Smith-Pelly

Jon Merrill -- Ben Lovejoy

John Moore -- Steven Santini

Karl Stollery -- Dalton Prout

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Andy Greene

Injured: Jacob Josefson (upper body), Michael Cammalleri (upper body), Miles Wood (lower body), Damon Severson (upper body)

 

Status report

Bobrovsky will start after Korpisalo made 24 saves Saturday. Columbus forward TJ Tynan, who was a healthy scratch Saturday, was returned to Cleveland of the American Hockey League after the game. ... Schneider made 37 saves against Boston and will start his sixth straight game. .. Devils coach John Hynes said Zacha, who has missed the past four games, will play. ... Wood and Severson are injured and won't play. Karl Stollerty was an emergency recall from Albany of the AHL and will be in the lineup.

 

Who's hot

Saad has a goal in each of his past two games. Werenski had two assists Saturday and has 30 in 63 games this season. ... Palmieri has nine points (five goals, four assists) in his past six games. ... Zajac has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past seven games.

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