Devils stun the Blue Jackets
At some point the notion that the New Jersey Devils are not going away seems likely to take hold in the Metropolitan Division.
On Tuesday the Devils, 21.00 to win the Stanley Cup, moved back into first place with a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jackets at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
Travis Zajac, Taylor Hall, Stefan Noesen and Jesper Bratt all got the better of Sergei Bobrovsky in the Columbus net to take the front end of the home and home series between the two teams.
Just 5-3-2 in their last ten games, New Jersey do, however, have the distinction of being the only team in the Eastern Conference to have won ten games on the road a third of the way through the campaign.
The Devils host the Blue Jackets at the Prudential Center in Newark on Friday with their ping-pong schedule continuing through the middle of the month. New Jersey make the short trip to Madison Square Garden to take on the Rangers, welcome in the Los Angeles Kings, travel north to play the Canadiens in Montreal before entertaining the Dallas Stars.
Columbus meanwhile have lost two in a row for only the third time this season. A three-game home stand follows the Blue Jackets trip to New Jersey with games against the Arizona Coyotes, Edmonton Oilers and the New York Islanders.
Coincidently the Islanders sit third in the Metropolitan Division, a single point behind Columbus, but with the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers all pushing closely behind. With four points separating first from sixth, one single winning streak could shake up the Division.
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