Earlier in the week, the New Jersey Devils faced some adversity and passed their next test with flying colors following some tough love from coach John Hynes. The Columbus Blue Jackets hope to find success with the same formula on Friday night when these two teams meet in the second game of a home-and-home set at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
The Devils (16-7-4) thumped the Blue Jackets (17-10-1) 4-1 on Tuesday night in Columbus after Hynes held a stern meeting with team veterans the day before. Coming off a lackluster 5-0 road loss to the last-overall Arizona Coyotes, Hynes demanded better from his team in no uncertain terms -- and it responded, taking back first place in the Metropolitan Division in the process.
"It's black and white when he communicates with us," Devils center Brian Boyle told nj.com. "We have to start making a big difference in these games because you know how they go into December, New Year, after the All-Star break, after the trade deadline. It gets tighter and tighter..."