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Agostino returns to New Jersey

Flames forward won three NJSIAA Non-Public titles with Delbarton

Monday, 04.07.2014 / 1:46 PM / News
By Mike G. Morreale  - NHL.com Staff Writer
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Agostino returns to New Jersey
Agostino returns to New Jersey



 
NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider is expected to make his fourth straight start Monday against the Calgary Flames at Prudential Center.

Schneider (16-14-11), who made 24 saves in a 2-1 win against the Washington Capitals on Friday and 26 saves in a 3-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, has allowed two or fewer goals in five straight starts (3-0-2). He has a 1.22 goals-against average and .948 save percentage over that stretch, and ranks third in the NHL with a 2.02 GAA.

The Devils extended their point streak to a season-high seven games (4-0-3, 11 points) to keep alive their hope of qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They trail the Columbus Blue Jackets by three points for the second of two wild-card spots in the Eastern Conference.

"It's unfortunate we don't control our destiny," Schneider said. "It would be nice if we won all our games, but we put ourselves in a place where that's not the case. We're going to rely on a few other teams to maybe lose a few for us, but that won't matter if we don't win our games."

Schneider started seven straight (3-2-2) from Jan. 28 through Feb. 27, allowing 13 goals over that stretch.

"I'm feeling good," he said. "I felt good over the weekend and it's nice to get right back in there. It's nice to think less and just go play; that's when you play your best. We're going to need some good goaltending, whether it's me or [Martin Brodeur], so I have to be sharp and can't have a night off right now."

Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas will play left wing on the fourth line for the second straight game since the team is still without injured forwards Patrik Elias, Adam Henrique and Jacob Josefson.

"The biggest adjustment is getting in on the forecheck instead of being forechecked on," Gelinas said. "It's different reads. I'm in the pressure instead of getting the pressure, so you have to have quicker reads and find the holes that are open. That's a little different."

The Flames have won two straight and are 2-2-0 entering the final game of a five-game road swing against the Devils.

Center Sean Monahan will return to Prudential Center for the first time since hearing his name called with the No. 6 pick at the 2013 NHL Draft last June. The 19-year-old rookie has 20 goals and 32 points in 71 games.

Also making a return to the Garden State is New Jersey native Kenny Agostino, who was twice named state player of the year during his four seasons at Delbarton School in nearby Morristown. Agostino, 21, was a fifth-round pick (No. 140) of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2010 and part of the four-player trade that landed the Penguins forward Jarome Iginla in March 2013.

"It's going to be a cool experience; I've been to this building a lot to see a lot of games as a kid, so it'll be fun," said Agostino, who was born in Flanders. "My high school coach at Delbarton [Bruce Shatel] will be in attendance and he sent me a text to tell me. He said to just play hard, so I'll try and do that for him."

Agostino was a member of the 2013 NCAA national champion Yale Bulldogs. He spent four seasons at Yale and had 56 goals and 132 points in 134 games.

Devils' projected lines

Tuomo Ruutu - Travis Zajac - Jaromir Jagr

Damien Brunner - Dainius Zubrus - Michael Ryder

Ryan Carter - Stephen Gionta - Steve Bernier

Eric Gelinas - Tim Sestito - Mike Sislo

Andy Greene - Mark Fayne

Anton Volchenkov - Marek Zidlicky

Jon Merrill - Peter Harrold

Cory Schneider

Martin Brodeur

Scratched: Adam Larsson

Injured: Adam Henrique (groin), Jacob Josefson (left foot/ankle), Bryce Salvador (groin), Patrik Elias (head), Ryane Clowe (head)

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51

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