Three Stars: 1. Adam Henrique 2. Jaromir Jagr 3. Patrik Elias
The Devils concluded their season series with the Blue Jackets 1-2-1=3pts. New Jersey is now 11-8-3=25pts vs. Metropolitan Division opponents this season.
With the win, New Jersey has points in 13 of its last 17 games (8-4-5=21pts) and in 20 of its last 27 contests (13-7-7=33pts). The Devils are 6-0-2=14pts in their last eight games at Prudential Center.
The Devils’ top-ranked penalty-kill unit was 3/3 tonight and is 39/42 (92.9%) over the last 12 games.
New Jersey was 2/3 on the power play tonight, snapping an 0/12 stretch over the previous four games. The Devils are 6-0-0 when recording more than one power play goal.
Cory Schneider (17 saves) made his seventh straight start in goal tonight and improved to 12-11-9 this season. Schneider is now 8-3-4 with one ShO, a 1.47 GAA & .942 save-percentage in his last 16 appearances. He’s held opponents to two-goals-or-less in 14 of his last 15 starts.
Adam Henrique posted his third career two-goal game & first since March 13, 2013 vs. Philadelphia. He netted his eighth career shorthanded goal/second of 2013-14; Henrique’s 8 SHG since the start of the 2011-12 season are tops in the NHL (2nd, Cal Clutterbuck, Ilya Kovalchuk & Brad Marchand, 7 each). He also notched his team-leading sixth power play goal. He has 16 goals overall this season, tying Michael Ryder for second on the team. Henrique needs just four points to reach 100 in his NHL career (43g-53a-96pts).
Jaromir Jagr scored the 699th goal (PP) of his NHL career. He’s looking to become just the seventh player in NHL history to reach the 700-goal mark and is now just nine goals behind Mike Gartner (708) for sixth-place all-time. had an assist on February 7 vs. Edmonton and now has 1,039 in his NHL career, just one behind Marcel Dionne (1,040a) for ninth place all-time.
Patrik Elias tied a season-high with 1g-2a-3pts for his 11th multiple-point game of the season/fifth in the last ten games.
Ryane Clowe scored his fourth goal of the season 6:09 into the contest to give New Jersey a 1-0 lead. He’s now just seven points shy of 300 in his NHL career (108g-185a-293pts).
Eric Gelinas, who was recalled from Albany (AHL) on Monday, returned to the line for the first time since January 30 at Dallas and recorded a power play assist. He leads the Devils with 4g-10a-14pts with the man-advantage this season.
Damien Brunner (lower body) left the game and did not return.
Peter Harrold and Anton Volchenkov were the healthy scratches.