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Schneider starts preseason opener vs. Rangers

Monday, 09.16.2013 / 12:44 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Schneider starts preseason opener vs. Rangers



 
The Devils pulled off one of the biggest trades of the offseason when they landed Cory Schneider back in June. They'll get their first look at their prize tonight when Schneider starts the preseason opener against the Rangers at Prudential Center.

"Yeah, start it – get it going," Schneider said after the morning skate. "Sometimes in the preseason they wait two or three or four games to get some guys in there but I think we've got a pretty solid lineup and it looks like New York does, too, so we're not wasting any time. I think we're all excited to get in their and get your feet wet and just get that first game in as a Devil. Even though it's preseason, it still feels like a real game."

This will be Schneider's first taste of the Devils-Rangers rivalry, but he knows what to expect – even in exhibition.

"I'm from the East Coast and any of those serious Boston, New York, Philly, Washington – those kind of rivalries are quite intense," he said. "I know Devils and Rangers have a long history in the playoffs and some pretty big series that I remember watching even back in '94. I'm pretty well aware of what it means to both sides. I'm really excited to be into it."

Schneider and Martin Brodeur are expected to split the six-game preseason schedule, offering a preview of the flexibility head coach Peter DeBoer will have at his disposal during the regular season.

"It gives us a great luxury as a coaching staff," DeBoer said. "I think the teams that are able to roll two elite goalies out there have an advantage this year, particularly with our schedule and the number of [22] back-to-back games we have."

Prospect Reid Boucher will experience the Hudson River rivalry for the first time in his first NHL preseason contest. The Devils' fourth-round pick in 2011, he set a Sarnia (OHL) single-season team record last year with 62 goals.

"I'm very excited about it and hopefully it'll be a good experience," Boucher said. "I'm sure I'll have fun with it."

DeBoer chatted with the young sniper during the morning skate.

"I told him, 'Don't worry as much about your positioning; just worry about what you do best and that's getting pucks to the net,'" said the coach. "I'm not as worried about goals. This guy has some things and some tools that are very rare. He has those instincts on the ice that he looks dangerous every time he steps on the ice. It's a great asset to have and I'm excited to see him in preseason play, here."

• DeBoer said he hasn't decided how long he'll keep Schneider in goal tonight. Keith Kinkaid will backup.

Projected lines:

Harri Pesonen - Adam Henrique - Steve Bernier
Rostislav Olesz
- Andrei Loktionov - Mattias Tedenby
Reid Boucher
- Jacob Josefson - Mike Sislo
Krys Barch - Darcy Zajac - Cam Janssen

Anton Volchenkov - Mark Fayne
Eric Gelinas - Peter Harrold
Alexander Urbom - Adam Larsson

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 52 24 10 5 34
A. Henrique 57 12 20 -2 32
P. Elias 54 10 17 -12 27
S. Gomez 40 5 19 -10 24
T. Zajac 56 10 10 -3 20
S. Bernier 49 10 9 0 19
A. Larsson 46 3 16 5 19
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
A. Greene 64 2 13 7 15
E. Gelinas 44 5 9 -2 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 24 23 6 .928 2.17
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59