New Jersey Devils vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 2/16/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

New Jersey Devils vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 2/16/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

Losses Friday by New Jersey and Columbus helped tighten up the Eastern Conference wild-card race.

While Panarin failed to score, but gave the scoring pass to Strome, which set the final score in the match in the 58th minute. Goaltender Alexandar Georgiev turned aside 36 of 37 shots to record his second win in as many games. The Blue Jackets also allowed the winning goal shortly after Boone Jenner's shot went off the post on a short-handed breakaway.

Nico Hischier will return to the lineup after missing the past six games when the Devils host the Columbus Blue Jackets at 6 p.m. on Sunday at Prudential Center in Newark.

Georgiev made that stand up for the next 39 minutes.

NY scored off a face-off just 22 seconds into the game when Buchnevich redirected a Jacob Trouba shot from the point high past Merzlikin's glove. Buchnevich has scored in two straight games and has six goals in the past 10 games.

After a sustained attack in the second period in which Columbus outshot NY 22-7, the Blue Jackets were rewarded with some luck.

"Obviously when you kill four minutes of a power play your goalie's got to be big, and he certainly was", Rangers coach David Quinn said.

In the season series, New Jersey is 7-7 on the penalty kill and 0-6 on the power play in the two contests. "It was kind of an easy shot from the blue line then he tipped it".

"We think we made some great strides and just continue to play good hockey at a clutch time right now", NY coach David Quinn said. Bjorkstrand tied the game when he took a blind, backhanded swipe at a loose puck and beat Georgiev late in the second. NY D Marc Staal returned after missing Thursday night's game with the flu. Blue Jackets forward Jakob Lilja was recalled from Cleveland of the American Hockey League and replaced Liam Foudy, who returned to London of the Ontario Hockey League.

The Rangers are 10-5-0 against Metropolitan Division opponents.

Will Butcher has the lone goal for New Jersey in two games played with Pavel Zacha and Sami Vatanen tallying the helpers.

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