New Jersey Devils Game 7 Preview: vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 30: Andreas Johnsson #11 of the New Jersey Devils celebrates his goal with teammates during the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG PAINTS Arena on October 30, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images)

The New Jersey Devils are on the tail end of a back-to-back as they welcome the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Prudential Center.

Tale of the Tape:

Record: 4-2-0 (8 points, 7th in Metro)

The Opponent: Columbus Blue Jackets (4-3-0) – FHN Blog: The Cannon Blast

Puckdrop: 5:00 PM ET

Venue: Prudential Center

Expected Goaltenders: Scott Wedgewood (0-2-0) vs. Joonas Korpisalo (0-2-0)

Television Broadcasts: MSG+, BSOH

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets are off to a decent start this season as they’ve won four of their first six. However, their most recent outing was a 4-0 loss to the New York Rangers.

Joonas Korpisalo gets the nod in net giving fellow goaltender Elvis Merzlikins the night off. Korpisalo has struggled to start the year allowing seven goals in his first two games against the Carolina Hurricanes and Detroit Red Wings.

New Jersey Devils

The Devils are coming off of a big win last night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. New Jersey played their most complete game of the season and Jesper Bratt scored the game-winning goal on a penalty shot late in the third period.

New Jersey has been prone to bad first periods in the early season. Tonight, while coming off a game last night, there needs to be emphasis by head coach Lindy Ruff on the team’s start. Another terrible first period could doom the team if they are fatigued.

Goaltender Scott Wedgewood is expected to get the start with Jonathan Bernier starting last night and Mackenzie Blackwood not quite ready to return. Wedgewood’s last appearance was in relief against the Calgary Flames where he allowed two goals on 22 shots.

Player to Watch: Andreas Johnsson

Andreas Johnsson is coming off a strong effort last night where he scored two goals. So far this season, Johnsson has been the player the Devils expected him to be when they traded for him prior to last season. Another strong showing from Johnsson tonight would go a long way towards a Devils win.

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