Three Stars: 1. Cory Schneider 2. Andy Greene3. Curtis McIlhinney
New Jersey snapped a three-game road losing streak and improved to 11-18-2 away from Prudential Center overall.
The Devils lead the season series vs. Columbus 2-0-0 and are now 8-8-5 vs. the Metropolitan Division.
New Jersey closed-out its 15th of 18 sets of back-to-back games tonight. The club is now 6-5-4 in first games and 6-6-3 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
Columbus outshot New Jersey, 33-19.
Cory Schneider (33 saves) recorded his second shutout in the last four games. It was his fourth of the season, seventh as a Devil & the 16 of his NHL career.
Schneider is 11-5-2 with two shutouts, a 1.69 goals-against average & .944 save-percentage in 20 appearances in 2015.
Andy Greene scored his second goal of the season (GWG) & in the last five games.
Travis Zajac added an empty-net goal and now has goals in back-to-back games for the second time this season (November 10-11, 2g-1a-3pts).
Mike Cammalleri collected an assist on Zajac’s goal and now has points in a team season-high six straight games (5g-3a-8pts). Cammalleri held the previous mark with points in five straight from October 9-18 (5g-2a-7pts). He leads the Devils with 23g-10a-33pts overall.
Patrik Elias registered the lone assist on Greene’s goal, his first helper since January 28 vs. Toronto (14 games).
Stephen Gionta also assisted on Zajac’s tally, his second in the last four games.
Michael Ryder returned to the lineup for the first time since February 13 at Chicago; he was a healthy scratch in 14 of the previous 15 games.