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Devils 2010-2011 Schedule Preview – Columbus Blue Jackets

Throughout the offseason and training camp, The Devils’ Den will preview the Devils 2010-2011 schedule, giving you an in-depth preview of the 29 other teams the Devils will face next season. We’ve already completed several previews, all of which can be found under the “Season Preview” tab. For the final schedule preview, we go to the Western Conference, taking a look at this season’s matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Martin Brodeur makes one of his 19 saves against the Blue Jackets last season. New Jersey defeated Columbus, 6-3, last season. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Devils vs. Blue Jackets – Historical Data

In 10 all-time regular season meetings against the Blue Jackets, the Devils are 6-2-1-1. New Jersey averages 2.90 goals against Columbus, and allows the Blue Jackets to average 2.40 goals against them. Last season, the teams faced each other one, with the Devils winning, 6-3, at the Prudential Center.

The Devils rode the hot hand of their powerplay to blow the game open. Zach Parise scored the first powerplay goal, putting the Devils ahead, 1-0, at 13:01 of the first period. Paul Martin extended the lead to 2-0 with a second consecutive powerplay goal just 1:14 into the second period. Antoine Vermette put the Blue Jackets on the board, scoring an even-strength goal at 12:32 of the period to cut the Devils lead to 2-1. The Devils powerplay would strike again, with Ilya Kovalchuk netting the team’s third straight man-advantage goal at 12:32 of the second to put the Devils ahead, 3-1.

A three goal lead wasn’t enough, as the Devils continued to pile on the offense. Travis Zajac upped the Devils lead to 4-1 with an even strength goal at 15:40 of the second period. The Devils’ center struck again at 19:07 of the period, giving the Devils a comfortable 5-1 lead. Jakub Voracek scored an even strength goal at 19:40 of the second for the Blue Jackets, sending the teams into the dressing room with the Devils ahead, 5-2.

The burst of scoring didn’t carry over into the third period. Kristian Huselius brought the score to 5-3 with a goal 6:00 into the third period. If Columbus had hopes of a comeback, Parise snuffed them out with his second goal of the game at 12:52 of the period. His score put the Devils ahead, 6-3, and ended any comeback hope for the Blue Jackets.

Martin Brodeur stopped 19 shots in the win. Steve Mason allowed all six goals, stopping 24 shots in the loss.

Devils vs. Blue Jackets – This Season’s Matchup

The Devils and Blue Jackets once this season, on March 20 in Columbus.

The Blue Jackets made little changes to a team that finished next to last in the Western Conference last season. The team re-signed most of its own talent, including Mason, who signed a two year extension. The team claimed Ethan Moreau off of waiver from the Edmonton Oilers, and will welcome back Nikita Filatov, one of the organization’s prospects, from Russia.

The Blue Jackets are better than last year’s standings would show. The team has one of the most talented wingers in the game in Rick Nash, and forwards who are possible of lighting the lamp often. However, the defense and goaltending remain a question, and it will be the answer that defines where this team will finish. Other than that, it’s a one game series, so it shouldn’t have much bearing on where the Devils finish in the Eastern Conference. This could be a trap game, since it’s sandwiched around potential playoff teams.

Stat Pack

In nine career starts against Columbus, Brodeur is 5-2-1-1 with a 2.41 goals against average and a .902 save percentage…In 39 games against the Blue Jackets, Jason Arnott has 36 points (16 goals, 20 assists) and is plus-19.

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