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Schneider to start Saturday against Rangers

Friday, 10.18.2013 / 4:21 PM / 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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 51 23 10 4 33
A. Henrique 56 12 20 -1 32
P. Elias 53 10 16 -13 26
S. Gomez 39 5 18 -9 23
M. Zidlicky 63 4 19 -7 23
T. Zajac 55 10 10 -4 20
S. Bernier 48 10 8 1 18
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 45 2 16 3 18
M. Havlat 38 5 9 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 23 23 6 .927 2.19
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59