Devils-Blue Jackets Preview

The Associated Press

The New Jersey Devils know there is plenty of work to be done even after recording their first victory of the season.

Looking to snap an eight-game road slide Tuesday night, the Devils try to further their success at the expense of a Columbus Blue Jackets team hoping to build on a much-needed victory of their own.

After earning three points in the first seven games, New Jersey (1-4-3) became the league's last team to win its first game, 4-0 over the rival New York Rangers on Saturday.

"It's nice," Cory Schneider said after he recorded 22 saves for his 10th career shutout. "It's way better than the other feeling."

Michael Ryder scored his third goal and Jaromir Jagr added two assists for his first points in four games as the Devils prevailed despite missing key forwards Patrik Elias (flu) and Damien Brunner (upper body soreness) and recording a season-low 19 shots.

"I think the effort has been there on a lot of nights, but not the results," said forward Adam Henrique, who scored his second of the season.

The Devils, however, understand things are far from perfect.

They matched a season high for goals and scored on the power play for the second straight game, but are 3 for 26 with the man-advantage and now must try to end an 0-6-2 road slide that dates to a 3-0 victory at Philadelphia on April 18.

"We can't sit here and say, 'Well, we figured it out,'" said Schneider, who has a 1.99 goals-against average despite a 1-2-1 record. "We have to keep at it and play like that all the time, and we'll have a lot more success."

Set to start consecutive games for the first time this season, Schneider went 6-0-1 with a 1.68 GAA as a starter versus Columbus while with Vancouver.

Though the Devils last faced Columbus on Nov. 23, 2011, they have outscored the Blue Jackets 14-5 during a five-game series winning streak and are 6-0-1 since a 4-2 loss at Nationwide Arena on Dec. 12, 2002.

The Blue Jackets (3-5-0), however, snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over Schneider's former team Sunday. R.J. Umberger and Ryan Johansen each had a goal and an assist, and backup Curtis McElhinney made 37 saves.

"It's a good feeling," said coach Todd Richards, whose team was outscored 14-6 over the previous four contests. "I (sensed) in the locker room there's some relief. As the losses started piling up, obviously the pressure amps up as well. The win will alleviate some of that."

After receiving his first day off the season, reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky likely will be in net trying to snap a four-game slide during which he's posted a 3.04 GAA.

Like the Devils, Columbus still has issues to address.

The Blue Jackets are 0 for 8 on the power play in the last two games and allowed their last four opponents to convert 5 of 15 chances with the man-advantage.

Columbus' Marian Gaborik does not have a power-play goal this season, but has a goal and an assist in the last two contests. Gaborik's goal Sunday was his third in eight games, matching his total in 12 games last season after he was acquired from the Rangers at the deadline.

Gaborik, though, has been held without a point in six straight games against the Devils.

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