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Blue Jackets try to push win streak to 3 vs. Devils

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Columbus Blue Jackets will aim for their first three-game winning streak since October when they visit the New Jersey Devils for Friday's Metropolitan Division battle at Prudential Center.

The Blue Jackets won their last two games prior to the Christmas break, beating visiting Philadelphia last Saturday to split a home-and-home series before taking Monday's decision at Carolina. It marked the third two-game winning streak of the month for Columbus, which hasn't won three straight since Oct. 20-25.

Ryan Johansen and Jack Skille provided some late heroics for the Blue Jackets in their most recent win, as the pair scored 1:28 apart late in the third period to boost the Columbus to a 4-3 win over Hurricanes. Johansen tied the game with 4:02 left and Skille put the Blue Jackets in front at 17:26 of the third with a rising shot from the right circle that beat Justin Peters.

"We're that type of team that we don't give up," Skille said. "We have a lot of character in the room and everyone wants to win and finish games strong. That was the key to the third period."

Mike McKenna stood tall with 30 saves, including a stop on Jeff Skinner from in close in the final 30 seconds after the Hurricanes pulled Peters for the extra attacker.

Corey Tropp and Artem Anisimov also scored for the Blue Jackets, who are 7-9-2 as the road team this season. New Jersey, meanwhile, is just 7-5-4 as the host.

A victory tonight for Columbus would secure a win in the season series with New Jersey. The Blue Jackets won the first two of four scheduled meetings this season but Friday's encounter marks the first tilt in the Garden State, where the Devils are 4-0 with a tie in five all-time games against Columbus.

New Jersey lost its final tilt before the Christmas break, dropping a 5-2 decision Monday night in Chicago. Stephen Gionta and Michael Ryder tallied a goal apiece in the loss, while Cory Schneider allowed all five goals on 37 shots for the Devils, who had a four-game point streak (3-0-1) halted.

"That's a great team," New Jersey head coach Peter DeBoer said of Chicago. "They can make you look bad if you're not on your game, and we weren't on our game."

Devils forward Andrei Loktionov missed the last two games due to an illness, but he expects to play on Friday. He has three goals and four assists in 32 games this season.

12/27 10:50:10 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
1st OT
CHA 86
CHI 81
 
12th
DUR 5
NOR 6
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
9th
PHI 0
ATL 1
 
7th
NYY 2
CHC 0
 
7th
DET 1
CLE 3
 
8th
MIA 3
WAS 6
 
5th
TEX 0
SEA 2
 
3rd
CWS 1
BOS 1
 
4th
HOU 2
KAN 1
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN 0
TOR 0
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
1st OT
CHA 86
CHI 81
 
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
 
3rd
MIL 65
ATL 62
 
3rd
CLE 59
BRK 51
 
Half
MEM 51
DAL 53
 
3rd
OKC 55
DET 56
 
3rd
NOP 58
HOU 50
 
3rd
SAN 64
LAL 69
 
Half
MIA 51
PHI 55
 
3rd
NYK 46
TOR 57
 
3rd
MIN 56
UTA 57
 
3rd
BOS 62
WAS 68
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
3rd
TAM 3
MON 3
 
2nd Intermission
PIT 3
CLB 3
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
12th
DUR 5
NOR 6