DEVILS (21-21-10) at BLUE JACKETS (33-12-5)
7 p.m. ET; FS-O, MSG, NHL.TV
Devils team scope
The New Jersey Devils will be trying for their sixth consecutive road win when they come to Nationwide Arena. New Jersey is 7-0-1 in its eight road games since the start of 2017. However, the Devils play eight of their final nine games this month at home. They've lost seven in a row at Prudential Center after a 4-3 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames on Friday. During training camp and an exhibition game for Team USA in preparation for the World Cup of Hockey 2016 in September, forward Kyle Palmieri became familiar with Nationwide Arena and the booming cannon that salutes the home team's goals. "We go in there, it's a tough place to play," he told northjersey.com. "We've got to hear that cannon every time [Columbus scores]. I was lucky enough in September to be on the right side of the cannon. This time I've going to try to do my best to not hear it too often." New Jersey is 6-2-3 in the second game of back-to-backs.
Blue Jackets team scope
Forward Markus Hannikainen will replace ill forward Josh Anderson in the Columbus Blue Jackets lineup against the Devils. Rookie defenseman Markus Nutivaara will return after missing eight games with an injury. Defenseman Dalton Prout will sit. Coach John Tortorella is optimistic that the Columbus Blue Jackets' funk after their 16-game winning streak may be lifting. The Blue Jackets are 6-7-1 since the streak, but Tortorella was happy with his team's effort in a 4-3 overtime loss at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, a game Columbus trailed 2-0 and 3-1 before rallying to earn a point. "It's a good point, a really good point being down a couple [of goals] in third, but we're always trying to get the other one," said Tortorella, who was much happier Friday than he was following a 6-4 road win against the New York Rangers on Tuesday, a game in which they led 6-0 in the third period. "This was a better game than New York. We're going in the right direction," Tortorella said after the loss in Pittsburgh. Columbus is 6-2-3 in the second games of back-to-backs. The Blue Jackets have the NHL's top power play (24.6 percent) but have had no opportunities in three of the past four games. The Blue Jackets are 16-3-1 in their past 20 home games.
Devils projected lineup
Taylor Hall -- Travis Zajac -- Kyle Palmieri
Miles Wood -- Adam Henrique -- Michael Cammalleri
Pavel Zacha -- Jacob Josefson -- Stefan Noesen
Joseph Blandisi -- Sergey Kalinin -- PA Parenteau
Andy Greene -- Damon Severson
Kyle Quincey -- Ben Lovejoy
Seth Helgeson -- Steven Santini
Scratched: Vernon Fiddler, Devante Smith-Pelly, Karl Stollery
Injured: Jon Merrill (upper body), Beau Bennett (lower body), John Moore (concussion)
Blue Jackets projected lineup
Brandon Saad -- Alexander Wennberg -- Nick Foligno
Boone Jenner -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Cam Atkinson
Matt Calvert -- William Karlsson -- Markus Hannikainen
Scott Hartnell -- Lukas Sedlak -- Sam Gagner
Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones
Ryan Murray -- Jack Johnson
Scott Harrington -- Markus Nutivaara11
Scratched: Josh Anderson (illness), Dalton Prout
Injured: David Clarkson (back), David Savard (undisclosed)
Schneider will start for the third straight game. … Bobrovsky will start for the second straight game after Korpisalo played against the Rangers on Tuesday.
Cammalleri has five assists in the past five games. Palmieri had three goals in two games. Henrique has three goals and an assist during a three-game point streak. Zacha's point streak is at three games (one goal, two assists). … Wennberg has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past five games. Jones has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past five games. Jenner has five points, including three goals, in the past five games.