Recap: The Devils rounded out their four-game road trip in Western Canada, going 1-3, after a tough 2-0 loss to Vancouver on Tuesday night.
Need to Know: The Devils drop to 9-10-3 on the season after being shutout by the Canucks on the road in Vancouver. Cory Schneider notched 34 saves and was named the second star of the game, returning to Vancouver for the third time since he spent five seasons between the pipes at Rogers Arena.
After being outshot 17-5 in the scoreless first, the uneven SOG finally paid off for Vancouver as Alexandre Burrows lit up the board for the Canucks just over a minute into the second. Though the Devils held Vancouver to just one for the remainder of the second and well into the third, a Shawn Matthias goal with just over 5 minutes left in play solidified the Canucks lead at 2-0.
Despite the loss, New Jersey remained strong on the penalty kill. With three more successful PKs, the Devils up their streak to 23.
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What’s Next: After their four game stint on the road, the Devils head home where they’ll welcome the Detroit Red Wings on Friday November 28. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
Recap: The Devils bounced back from a tough start to their Western Canada trip, shutting out the Oilers in Edmonton, 2-0.
Need to Know: After a scoreless first period, the Devils scored twice in the second to take a 2-0 lead. Goaltender Cory Schneider made 29 saves for New Jersey to notch his second shutout of the season, as New Jersey moved back to .500 (9-9-2) on the year.
Adam Henrique opened the scoring with his fifth goal of the season, and Tuomo Ruutu followed with his fourth less than five minutes later. Eric Gelinas assisted on both goals after going nine games without a helper, a stretch in which the Devils went 2-7.
The Devils killed three more penalties, including a third-period double minor by Marek Zidlicky, to stretch their streak of consecutive penalty kills to 20.
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What’s Next: The Devils are back in action Saturday at 10 p.m. for the third game of their four-game trip, traveling to Calgary to face off against the Flames, winners of three of their last four at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Devils are having a hard time scoring this season.
New Jersey is averaging 2.42 goals and 26.3 shots, both among the lowest marks in the NHL, and they’ve scored four goals in the past three contests. They have just 14 goals over their last eight games.
“We had like a couple of waves in the second and a couple in the third, but over the course of the game, I would think they felt pretty comfortable and not threatened, and that’s not a good thing,” forward Mike Cammalleri said about Tuesday’s game.
Thankfully, on Friday, New Jersey takes on the another team struggling to score in the Oilers.
“I didn’t think we created enough clean plays maybe coming up the ice out of our zone to get our legs going enough to push their wave of defense back. That made it hard for us to have puck time there,” Cammalleri said.
Recap: The Devils were outshot 34-22 as they dropped back under .500 (8-9-2) to start their Western Canada trip.
Need to Know: After a scoreless first period, the Jets took a 2-0 lead in the second and held on to win.
Cory Schneider had 31 saves for New Jersey.
Patrik Elias was credited for the Devils’power play goal early in the third period, his first score since the opener against the Flyers. The goal was initially given to Martin Havlat. Damien Brunner had an assist.
The Devils killed five penalties and now have killed 17 in a row.
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What’s Next: The Devils visit Edmonton Friday (9:30 p.m.), the second stop on their four-game trip.
Cory Schneider will start his nineteenth consecutive game on Tuesday night, tying a franchise record of Marty Brodeur.
Schneider is the first goaltender to get the call this many times to start a season since 2007-08, when Evgeni Nabokov started the first 43 for San Jose and Miikka Kiprusoff went 23 straight for Calgary, according to STATS (Nov. 18).
Schneider has a 2.71 goals against average and is 8-7-2 so far this year.
The Devils have placed Bryce Salvador on injured reserve with a lower body injury, retroactive to November 10.
The team also sent Keith Kinkiad to Albany.
To take the roster spots, Scott Clemmensen and Peter Harrold will be added from Albany.
Result: Colorado rallied with two goals in the third period to beat the Devils in Newark on Saturday night.
Need to Know: Trailing 2-1 in the third period, Colorado tied the score on an Erik Johnson goal and then scored the game-winner from Matt Duchene with less than three minutes remaining in regulation. For New Jersey, Mark Zidlicky and Eric Gelinas scored in the first and second period to give the Devils a 2-0 lead.
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Next up: New Jersey is at Winnipeg on Tuesday.