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Schneider to start Saturday against Rangers

Friday, 10.18.2013 / 4:21 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Schneider to start Saturday against Rangers
Schneider to start Saturday against Rangers



 
Already seven games into the new season, the Devils will play just their second home game of 2013-14 when they host the Rangers at Prudential Center on Saturday.

Cory Schneider will make his fourth start, first on home ice. He's looking to nail down the first victory that has proven elusive through the club's 0-4-3 start.

"It's going to be fun," Schneider said of facing the Devils' cross-river rivals. "It's going to be a tough game. Obviously, I don't think they started they wanted to and neither have we. I think you're going to see two teams that are pretty desperate to get a win. We haven't been home for awhile now so hopefully we'll get a good crowd and get a lot of support."

Thursday's loss in Ottawa came with a silver lining: the Devils finally broke through on the power play while outchancing and outshooting the Senators, 42-23, in their home opener. After falling behind 3-0, New Jersey rallied on goals by Travis Zajac and Steve Bernier to get back within one.

"I think we were in the right place last night," Schneider said. "I think we played really well and played the way we wanted to play, especially on the road. … Eventually, when you keep doing that, it's a long season and you're going to have ups and downs and those are going to come back and they're going to go in your favor next time."

Schneider faced the Rangers in preseason and stopped all 22 shots in a two-period outing. He's ready for his first real Battle of the Hudson and expects emotions to run high.

"Maybe this is something we need," he said. "Maybe we need a big hit or a fight or a scrap of some kind just to sort of light the fire here, but at the same time, we can't let that get in the way of what we need to do here. We can't get caught up in the emotion of playing your rival and let that take away from what we actually have to do to win the game."

Speaking with reporters Friday after a limited skate that included seven players, head coach Peter DeBoer stopped short of calling Saturday's game a must-win.

"I'm not big on must-wins," DeBoer said. "There's no doubt we need a win. I think we need a win for our confidence. I'm really not looking at the standings right now. For me, it's an evaluation of how our team is playing and where our team game is and where our identity is. I thought we took a real good step [Thursday] night in Ottawa and we need to keep building on that. If we do, we'll win games. That's my view of it."

But rivalry matchup or not, the Devils will be energized against a divisional opponent.

"It doesn't get any more urgent than where we're sitting right now," DeBoer said. "I don't think you can ramp up the urgency any more for our group. Complacency isn't an issue right now."

If the Devils can recreate the right elements of Thursday's performance that included a season-high eight shots by Jaromir Jagr and a 19-shot third period, DeBoer believes the result will take care of itself.

"I think the guys see that when we play a certain way, when we play a certain style and with a certain amount of grit and edge to our game, we get rewarded," said the coach. "We had chances that doubled or tripled what Ottawa had. It hasn't resulted in a win yet, but if you keep going to that formula, it will."

• Players taking part in Friday's skate were Schneider, Mark Fayne, Adam Larsson, Mattias Tedenby, Andrei Loktionov, Jacob Josefson and Rostislav Olesz.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59