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New Jersey looks to rebound; Columbus tries to extend point streak to seven games

by Craig Merz / Independent Correspondent

DEVILS (11-18-5) at BLUE JACKETS (15-14-6)

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


The Game

The Columbus Blue Jackets, winners of three straight, look to extend their point streak to a season-long seven games when they host the New Jersey Devils at Nationwide Arena on Saturday.

Columbus is 4-0-2 following a four-game losing streak to equal its 4-0-2 streak from Oct. 12-24. 

The Blue Jackets will be without forward Cam Atkinson, who sustained a lower-body injury in the 3-2 overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday and is expected to miss at least two games.

The Devils try for their third win in four games after losing 6-3 to the Washington Capitals on Friday. New Jersey is 2-7-1 in the past 10 games.


Players to watch

Devils forward Kyle Palmieri has four goals in his past six games and has scored once in each of the past three. He leads the Devils with 14 goals.

Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois has six points (two goals, four assists) in the past four games. He will play his 200th NHL game.


They said it

"We can't let tonight roll into [Saturday]. Fresh start and go into a tough building to play in and find two points." -- Devils forward Kyle Palmieri after the game against Washington

"I think everyone has really chipped in here lately with a lot of important pieces out." -- Blue Jackets forward Gustav Nyquist


Devils projected lineup

Jesper Bratt -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri

Blake Coleman -- Travis Zajac -- Nikita Gusev

Pavel Zacha -- Jack Hughes -- Wayne Simmonds

Jesper Boqvist -- Michael McLeod -- Miles Wood

Andy Greene -- P.K. Subban

Will Butcher -- Sami Vatanen

Mirco Mueller -- Damon Severson

Mackenzie Blackwood

Gilles Senn

Scratched: John Hayden, Kevin Rooney, Connor Carrick

Injured: Matt Tennyson (upper body), Louis Domingue (lower body)


Blue Jackets projected lineup

Alexandre Texier -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Eric Robinson

Gustav Nyquist -- Boone Jenner -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Nick Foligno -- Alexander Wennberg -- Kevin Stenlund

Jakob Lilja -- Riley Nash -- Ryan MacInnis

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Vladislav Gavrikov -- David Savard

Dean Kukan -- Scott Harrington

Joonas Korpisalo

Elvis Merzlikins

Scratched: None

Injured: Brandon Dubinsky (wrist), Emil Bemstrom (rib), Markus Nutivaara (upper body), Ryan Murray (lower body), Sonny Milano (upper body), Josh Anderson (shoulder), Andrew Peeke (hand), Cam Atkinson (lower body)


Status report

Neither team held a morning skate. … Devils coach Alain Nasreddine, after the Washington game, did not name a goalie for Saturday. Blackwood was pulled at 8:25 of the third period Friday and replaced by Senn, who made two saves on three shots in his NHL debut. … MacInnis is expected to make his NHL debut. The 43rd pick by the Arizona Coyotes in the 2014 NHL Draft is the son of Hall of Fame defenseman Al MacInnis.


Stat pack

Zajac will play in his 957th NHL game, all with the Devils, moving past Hall of Fame defenseman Scott Stevens into for fourth on New Jersey's all-time games-played list. … Nyquist has six points (one goal, five assists) in a four-game point streak. … Bjorkstrand has five points (three goals, two assists) in a three-game point streak. … Jenner has a goal and two assists in a three-game point streak.

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