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Preview: Blue Jackets at Devils

Columbus can clinch playoff berth with win; Cory Schneider to start for New Jersey

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

BLUE JACKETS (46-18-6) at DEVILS (26-32-12)

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

 

Blue Jackets team scope

The Columbus Blue Jackets can clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a win of any kind. They trail the Washington Capitals by two points for first place in the Metropolitan Division, Eastern Conference and NHL and are one point ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to start after Joonas Korpisalo made 20 saves in a 3-2 overtime win at the New York Islanders on Saturday. Bobrovsky, 9-4-1 with a 2.52 goals-against average and .913 save percentage in 14 games against the New Jersey Devils, extended his winning streak to six games after making 33 saves in a 2-1 win against the Florida Panthers on Thursday. He has allowed seven goals on 183 shots during that stretch. "I like the consistency in our lineup," coach John Tortorella told the Blue Jackets website. "I liked what the lines looked like [against the Islanders]. I've been running things through my head as far as where the balance is. I'm not sure what I'll do on Sunday, but we'll decide then. But right through the lineup, I thought everyone contributed [on Saturday]."

Video: FLA@CBJ: Bobrovsky turns aside Jagr's late redirect

 

Devils team scope

Goaltender Cory Schneider, who turned 31 years old Saturday, is expected to start after sitting out the past two games. Schneider is 10-7-2 with a 2.22 GAA and .921 save percentage in 19 games against the Blue Jackets. The Devils are 15 points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference with 12 games remaining. New Jersey is 1-9-2 in its past 12 games. Right wing Kyle Palmieri needs five goals to tie his NHL-high of 30 he scored last season. "It would be awesome to get back there," Palmieri told NorthJersey.com. "I owe a lot to linemates [Taylor Hall] and [Travis Zajac] and other teammates for setting me up with some easy ones that help you rack them up. There wasn't a number I was looking for. I wanted to try and help my team make the playoffs and we fell short." Palmieri needs two goals to reach 100 in the NHL.

Video: NJD@COL: Schneider leaves crease to deny Landeskog

 

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Nick Foligno -- William Karlsson -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Brandon Saad -- Sam Gagner -- Cam Atkinson

Boone Jenner -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Josh Anderson 

Scott Hartnell -- Lukas Sedlak -- Matt Calvert

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Jack Johnson -- David Savard

Kyle Quincey -- Scott Harrington

Sergei Bobrovsky

Joonas Korpisalo

Scratched: Lauri Korpikoski, Markus Nutivaara

Injured: Ryan Murray (hand), Alexander Wennberg (upper body)

Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Travis Zajac -- Kyle Palmieri

Adam Henrique -- Joseph Blandisi -- Beau Bennett

John Quenneville -- Pavel Zacha -- Stefan Noesen

Blake Coleman -- Blake Pietila

Andy Greene -- Ben Lovejoy

John Moore -- Damon Severson

Jon Merrill -- Dalton Prout

Steven Santini

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: None

Injured: Jacob Josefson (upper body), Michael Cammalleri (upper body), Devante Smith-Pelly (lower body), Nick Lappin (undisclosed), Miles Wood (upper body)

Status report

Harrington, a healthy scratch for eight straight games, played in place of Nutivaara against the Islanders. ... Wood left a 6-4 loss at the Pittsburgh Penguins midway through the third period Friday with an apparent injury.

 

Who's hot

Gagner has eight points (four goals, four assists) in the past eight games. Werenski has seven points (two goals, five assists) during a five-game point streak. ... Palmieri has 15 points (10 goals, five assists) in the past 12 games. Hall has five points (three goals, two assists) during a four-game point streak. Moore has three points (one goal, two assists) during a three-game point streak.

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