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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 2/27/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore



COLUMBUS (29-24-0-5, 63 pts.) at NEW JERSEY (24-22-0-13, 61 pts.)
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Thursday, 2/27/2014 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
55COLUMBUS+110Ov 5,-110+105Ov 5,+100
56NEW JERSEY-130Un 5,-110-125Un 5,-120
COLUMBUS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games29-29-0-0.229-29-0.230-252.928.72.830.8
Team Stats (Road Games)13-16-0-0.213-16-0.215-122.728.13.031.7
Last 5 Games3-2-0+1.43-2+1.42-
vs. Division13-9-0+4.513-9+4.514-73.329.72.731.6
COLUMBUS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)5817054506159166510.2%1993718.6%282
Team Stats (Road Games)2979252524548169.7%951616.8%128
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5166550013811.6%22313.6%28
Team Stats (vs. Division)22732120293665411.2%69913.0%116
Stats Against (All Games) 1613754655717879.0%2083717.8%278
Stats Against (Road Games) 86212537319199.4%1012120.8%152
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 10225101715.8%2300.0%18
Stats Against (vs. Division) 6092327126968.6%821518.3%109
COLUMBUS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
SERGIE BOBROVSKY (All Games)3737108299391.8%120-17+2.120-17-0+120-14
SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Road Games)191957652591.1%08-11-1.18-11-0-29-8
SERGIE BOBROVSKY (vs. Division)131340137192.5%18-5+2.98-5-0+28-4
SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Last 4 Games)4413913194.2%02-2+0.42-2-001-3
CURTIS MCELHINNEY (All Games)221858553190.8%18-10-1.28-10-0-28-10
CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Road Games)11929126189.7%04-5-0.14-5-0-15-4
CURTIS MCELHINNEY (vs. Division)9824221890.1%04-4+0.64-4-005-3
CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Last 4 Games)431079487.9%01-2-11-2-0-12-1
MIKE MCKENNA (All Games)4311410390.4%01-2-1.21-2-0-12-1
MIKE MCKENNA (Road Games)21514792.2%01-0+11-0-0+11-0
MIKE MCKENNA (vs. Division)21514792.2%01-0+11-0-0+11-0
MIKE MCKENNA (Last 4 Games)4311410390.4%01-2-1.21-2-0-12-1

NEW JERSEY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games24-35-0-9.424-35-9.416-292.326.12.525.4
Team Stats (Home Games)13-13-0-1.813-13-1.86-152.425.31.824.0
Last 5 Games2-3-0-12-3-10-31.625.42.224.0
vs. Division10-11-0-0.610-11-0.67-92.526.62.624.9
NEW JERSEY Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)591353938508315428.8%1753318.9%235
Team Stats (Home Games)2662191921316579.4%791113.9%106
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)58330201276.3%15213.3%16
Team Stats (vs. Division)2153161421225589.5%60813.3%91
Stats Against (All Games) 146354652131715019.7%1902412.6%241
Stats Against (Home Games) 4891418766247.7%8578.2%74
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 11216221209.2%1715.9%18
Stats Against (vs. Division) 541321173552310.3%6035.0%87
NEW JERSEY - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARTIN BRODEUR (All Games)282869262289.9%213-15-0.113-15-0+212-9
MARTIN BRODEUR (Home Games)131331028692.3%26-7-2.16-7-0-24-6
MARTIN BRODEUR (vs. Division)131332228889.4%06-7-0.66-7-006-4
MARTIN BRODEUR (Last 4 Games)441069387.7%01-3-1.51-3-0-11-0
CORY SCHNEIDER (All Games)323180074192.6%811-20-9.211-20-0-84-20
CORY SCHNEIDER (Home Games)131331229494.2%37-6+0.37-6-0+12-9
CORY SCHNEIDER (vs. Division)9819818392.4%34-404-4-001-5
CORY SCHNEIDER (Last 4 Games)441029593.1%11-3-2.21-3-0-20-3
Average power rating of opponents played: COLUMBUS 3.13,  NEW JERSEY 3.21
COLUMBUS - Schedule
2/1/2014FLORIDA4-1W0, -160W5.5 unU
2/3/2014at ANAHEIM4-2W0, +140W5.5 evO
2/6/2014at LOS ANGELES1-2L0, +125L5 unU
2/7/2014at SAN JOSE2-3L0, +160L5.5 unU
2/27/2014at NEW JERSEY 
3/3/2014at TORONTO 
3/6/2014at CHICAGO 
3/8/2014at NASHVILLE 
3/10/2014at DALLAS 

NEW JERSEY - Schedule
1/31/2014at NASHVILLE2-3L0, +110L5 unP
2/3/2014COLORADO1-2L0, -125L5 ovU
2/7/2014EDMONTON2-1W0, -175W5 ovU
2/8/2014at WASHINGTON0-3L0, +100L5 unU
3/1/2014at NY ISLANDERS 
3/2/2014SAN JOSE 
3/7/2014at DETROIT 
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The top three topics on sports talk shows in this city are usually Ohio State football, Ohio State football recruiting and Ohio State football's spring practices.
The Columbus Blue Jackets haven't upset that pecking order, although they are elbowing their way into the conversation.
Dead last in the league early in the NHL's shortened last season, the Blue Jackets suddenly found the winning touch. They went 19-5-5 down the stretch, energizing their fan base and shocking a lot of opponents used to walking over the 12-year-old franchise.
With the addition of free agent Nathan Horton to go with Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and a solid if largely unknown roster of proven pros, the Blue Jackets are expecting big things as they prep for a season of promise.
NEW JERSEY: NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - While other teams made the most of the lockout-shortened season, the New Jersey Devils missed the playoffs a year after making the Stanley Cup finals.
There were injuries. There were slumps. It was not pretty.
But it was also only one part of the story. Then came the offseason.
Forward Ilya Kovalchuk stunned the team in July, by walking away from $77 million left on his 15-year contract to play in Russia. Technically, the 30-year-old retired. Realistically, he left the Devils without a star player. Forward David Clarkson left via free agency, as well, and so when New Jersey opens Oct. 3 at Pittsburgh, you will see some new faces in new places.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (COLUMBUS-NEW JERSEY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Blue Jackets-Devils Preview* =============================


Columbus (29-24-5) at New Jersey (24-22-13), 7:00 p.m. EDT

With the Olympic break over, the Columbus Blue Jackets begin the stretch run with the playoffs in their sights.

Getting Marian Gaborik back should certainly help.

Gaborik is expected to return as Columbus begins its postseason push Thursday night in New Jersey looking to sweep its four-game season series against the Devils.

Columbus (29-24-5) returns from the break tied with Washington for fourth place in the Metropolitan Division with 63 points. That total also puts it slightly behind Detroit for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.

The Blue Jackets have gone to the playoffs once in franchise history, getting swept by the Red Wings in 2009.

"Our focus has to be to start racking up some points here because every one is so important," center Brandon Dubinsky told the team's official website. "The break was great for our group at the time; we were playing a lot of games, guys were banged up, tired. We're excited, geared up and that's the way we've been practicing."

Columbus will need to survive the next few weeks without one of its top defenseman. Fedor Tyutin, who is fourth on the team with 20 assists and third in ice time, is expected to miss the next two to three weeks because of an ankle injury suffered while playing for Russia in the Olympics.

While Tyutin will be out, Gaborik, who has been played just once since Nov. 14, is expected to return after being medically cleared to come back from a broken collarbone during the break. Gaborik, who had five goals and seven assists in 18 games, should add some scoring punch to a team that already averages 2.86 goals, among the best in the East.

"I worked hard over the Olympic break to get back, and hopefully it's not going to take me too long to get into game shape," Gaborik said. "I feel pretty good out there; I'm looking forward to this ... it's been a while. It's going to be a tough stretch, but every team is in the same situation.

"We're right on the bubble, and we want to make sure we have a good start and even better finish. This group has done a lot since the start of the year, we're playing more consistent and hopefully it graduates to us playing even better."

Columbus has won all three previous matchups, including a 2-1 shootout victory in New Jersey on Dec. 27. Gaborik scored in a 4-1 home win Oct. 22 after failing to find the back of the net against the Devils in his final seven games with the Rangers.

The Devils (24-22-13) are also within striking distance of the playoffs, though they will have to pass five other teams in the conference to claim a wild-card berth. New Jersey was in the midst of a 2-0-2 stretch before falling 3-0 in its last game before the Olympics at Washington.

The Devils will need to produce more offensively if they're to make a run. New Jersey averages 26.1 shots, the fewest in the NHL, and has scored 135 goals, among the fewest.

"What we need to do is score the one extra goal a game," said forward Jaromir Jagr, who played for the Czech Republic in the Olympics. "We need to keep the same defense we played. The goaltenders have been awesome. We have to find the one extra, extra goal in the game. That would make a huge difference."

The Devils are 5-1-1 in their last seven home games, giving up one goal or none in five of those.

Last Updated: 5/24/2018 4:47:09 PM EST

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