Newark, New Jersey; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
New Jersey is 49-21-8 overall with a 16-6-2 record in Metropolitan Division play. The Devils have a 44-7-6 record when scoring at least three goals.
Columbus is 24-45-8 overall with a 6-13-3 record against the Metropolitan Division. The Blue Jackets have given up 306 goals while scoring 204 for a -102 scoring differential.
The teams square off Thursday for the third time this season. The Devils won the previous matchup 7-1. Mercer scored three goals in the victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: Jack Hughes has 40 goals and 51 assists for the Devils. Mercer has scored five goals over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Devils: 5-4-1, averaging 3.2 goals, 5.3 assists, 2.9 penalties and 6.9 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game.
Blue Jackets: 3-6-1, averaging 2.9 goals, 4.8 assists, 2.7 penalties and 6.5 penalty minutes while giving up five goals per game.
INJURIES: Devils: Jonathan Bernier: out (hip), Curtis Lazar: out (lower body).
Blue Jackets: Mathieu Olivier: out (leg), Nick Blankenburg: out (ankle), Zach Werenski: out (shoulder/labrum), Jake Bean: out (shoulder), Justin Danforth: out (shoulder), Patrik Laine: out (triceps), Elvis Merzlikins: day to day (leg), Erik Gudbranson: out for season (shoulder).