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Blue Jackets take on the Devils on 3-game skid

January 7, 2022 GMT

New Jersey Devils (14-16-5, seventh in the Metropolitan) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (15-16-1, sixth in the Metropolitan)

Columbus, Ohio; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Columbus is looking to end its three-game slide with a win over New Jersey.

The Blue Jackets are 2-7-0 against the rest of their division. Columbus has scored 99 goals and is seventh in the Eastern Conference averaging 3.1 goals per game. Boone Jenner leads the team with 12.

The Devils are 10-8-3 in conference games. New Jersey ranks eighth in the Eastern Conference averaging 2.9 goals per game, led by Jesper Bratt with 10.

The teams square off for the second game in a row.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jakub Voracek leads the Blue Jackets with 22 assists and has 23 points this season. Alexandre Texier has four goals and five assists over the last 10 games for Columbus.

Bratt leads the Devils with 22 total assists and has 32 points. Jack Hughes has eight assists over the last 10 games for New Jersey.

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LAST 10 GAMES: Blue Jackets: 3-6-1, averaging 3.1 goals, 5.3 assists, 2.7 penalties and 5.7 penalty minutes while giving up four goals per game with an .889 save percentage.

Devils: 4-6-0, averaging three goals, 5.2 assists, three penalties and 7.4 penalty minutes while giving up 3.9 goals per game with an .868 save percentage.

INJURIES: Blue Jackets: Daniil Tarasov: day to day (lower body), Gavin Bayreuther: out (covid-19), Zach Werenski: out (health and safety protocols), Alexandre Texier: day to day (illness).

Devils: Pavel Zacha: out (health and safety protocols), Yegor Sharangovich: out (health and safety protocols), Andreas Johnsson: out (health protocols).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.