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Schneider, Devils host Canucks

Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 5:14 PM

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

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Schneider, Devils host Canucks
Vancouver Canucks vs. New Jersey Devils

CANUCKS (6-4-1) at DEVILS (1-5-3)

RADIO: WFAN 660 AM & 101.9 FM

Last 10: Vancouver 6-3-1

Season series: This is the second of two meetings this season. In the earlier contest on Oct. 9, Mike Santorelli scored 2:18 into overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 victory. New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider, acquired June 30 in a trade with the Canucks, took the loss. Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo made 21 saves to pick up the victory.

Big story: The Canucks have two games remaining on their seven-game road trip, which concludes Friday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The Canucks are currently 3-1-1 on the trip, notching victories against the Philadelphia Flyers, Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders. Vancouver coach John Tortorella made David Booth a healthy scratch in Tuesday's win over the Islanders and dressed a seventh defenseman, Andrew Alberts.

"He's not doing enough to play," Tortorella said of Booth. "I am not going to get into a public conversation about him. That's how I feel about it right now. That's all I am going to give you."

Team Scope:

Canucks: One player thriving in Tortorella's system is defenseman Kevin Bieksa, who had one assist and was on the ice for Vancouver's final three goals in a 5-4 overtime victory over the Islanders on Tuesday. The Canucks rallied from a 2-0 deficit and battled back to grab a 4-3 lead entering the third period.

The Canucks lost wing Jannik Hansen with seven minutes left in the first when he crashed into the end boards with Islanders defenseman Brian Strait.

After doing all the right things in a 4-0 victory over the rival New York Rangers on Saturday, the Devils were forced to go back to the drawing board following an ugly 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday at Nationwide Arena.

The Devils opened a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Michael Ryder in the second period but then gave up four unanswered on the way to losing their seventh straight road game (0-5-2) to open the 2013-14 season.

"It's not where we wanted to go," Schneider told The (Bergen) Record. "We could have jumped these guys in the standings in our division and, again, we had a good start to the game and got the first goal and just weren't able to finish it off. You don't want to use words like frustration, but at some point we have to address what needs to be fixed and go out and execute."

Schneider, who will make his second start of the season against his former team, is 1-3-1 with a 2.21 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in five appearances for New Jersey this season. He made 29 saves in a 3-2 OT loss at Vancouver on Oct. 8.

Who's hot:
Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr has three points in New Jersey's last two games. … The Canucks are led by Henrik Sedin (three goals, 13 points) and his twin brother, Daniel Sedin (three goals, 10 points) through 11 games.

Injury report:
Hansen (upper body) is doubtful, and Alexandre Burrows (foot) and Jordan Schroeder (ankle) are out for the Canucks. … For the Devils, Bryce Salvador (personal - death in the family) was designated as a non-roster player and will miss his first game of the season. The Devils recalled defenseman Eric Gelinas from Albany (AHL). Ryane Clowe (head) is doubtful. Patrik Elias (illness) has missed the last two games, but skated on his own Wednesday morning.
2013-2014 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Oct 24 '13 VAN 3 at NJD 2 - SO M. Santorelli
Oct 08 '13 NJD 2 at VAN 3 - OT M. Santorelli
H. Sedin1231215+61210
D. Sedin124711+3810
J. Garrison12279-4810
R. Kesler12538-31101
M. Santorelli12437+3602
B. Richardson12415+3201
C. Higgins12325-1601
A. Edler9235-5800
K. Bieksa12055+11600
C. Tanev12055+4200
J. Hansen11224-2801
R. Stanton12134+4200
D. Hamhuis12123-1400
D. Weise12123-4200
D. Booth11123+3000
Z. Kassian7101-1500
T. Sestito12000-21200
Z. Dalpe6000-1000
Y. Weber6000-2000
J. Schroeder3000+0200
A. Alberts3000-1000
J. Welsh3000-1400
A. Burrows1000-1000
R. Luongo106-3-1262842.54.908
E. Lack21-1-06642.95.906
M. Zidlicky10088-11000
J. Jagr10257+2200
D. Brunner9325-4410
P. Elias8325+1400
M. Ryder10404-5420
T. Zajac10134-4410
D. Zubrus10213+3600
A. Henrique10213-1000
A. Loktionov9123-2201
A. Volchenkov10033-1400
B. Salvador9022-1900
R. Olesz6022+0000
S. Bernier10101-8000
E. Gelinas1101+0010
A. Greene10011-5200
S. Gionta10011-5200
R. Clowe6011-5500
P. Harrold9000-6200
R. Carter7000-5200
A. Larsson7000-5000
M. Fayne4000-2200
M. Tedenby3000-4200
J. Josefson2000+1000
C. Schneider61-3-2131532.14.915
M. Brodeur40-2-2141043.40.865
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