SAN JOSE, CA - The Devils see their five-game road trip shift west to California where they'll face the Sharks tonight. With the team's success against Detroit, there won't be any changes to the lineup and that includes in goal where Cory Schneider gets his second straight start.
"It's great coming off a win and feeling good about your game. It's great for Nas to throw me back in there. Obviously Mackenzie has played lights out. He's played a lot of hockey so it's nice to give him a break and mental reset," said Schneider. "It's nice for me to build my game and confidence and hopefully get another road win."
Schneider added that the most important thing for him is to see the team get two points, regardless of personal growth.
"You want to get into the win column and contribute. Even if you play well and lose, it's still a bad feeling. You want to keep the momentum moving."
Coach Alain Nasreddine said that Schneider deserved the opportunity with his play.
"If you look at the last game, he was very solid. Made the big saves when we needed him to. For us, it's important that he feels good and see if he can gain some momentum."
Josh Jacobs was recalled from Binghamton and made it in time for today's morning skate, driving to Newark and flying direct to San Jose, arriving late last night in order to make it in time for the skate.
"I was at practice yesterday, then Mark pulled me aside and I headed out here," he said, adding that the Binghamton Devils have been on a strong run which has put them within a few points of a playoff spot.
"We have a really tight-knit group and we've been playing well. Hopefully we can keep it up both up here and down there," he began. "We're just buying into everything. We know what we want to do every night so we just want to do that."
Jacobs will not play tonight but his presence gives the Devils some depth on the back-end now with seven blueliners on the roster.
"It's important," said Nasreddine of bolstering the blueline corps. "It's a long way from Binghamton. We have a couple guys on D a little banged up and didn't want to take a chance. He's a young player who's been doing well down there and deserves this call-up"
-- Marc Ciampa, NewJerseyDevils.com
DEVILS (25-27-10) at SHARKS (26-33-4)
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET; Televised on MSG
Tonight's game is the second of two meetings between the two teams this season.
They squared off last week with the Devils winning 2-1. Nikita Gusev had a pair of assists in that game while P.K. Subban and Jesper Bratt each had a goal.
Last season, each team won on their own home ice. New Jersey won 3-2 at Prudential Center and San Jose won 5-2 at the Shark Tank.
Kyle Palmieri led the Devils with two goals and an assist. Timo Meier had three goals to pace the Sharks.
Devils team scope:
The Devils have clawed to within two wins of .500 thanks to a stretch of games since just before Christmas that's seen the team go 14-8-5. A win tonight would give the Devils 36 points in that stretch which would rank fourth in the entire NHL.
During that 27-game stretch, Nikita Gusev (22 points), Kyle Palmieri (21 points) and Damon Severson (20 points) have been the top Devils.
Sharks team scope:
The Sharks sit second last in the Western Conference with 56 points. They've also lost their last five straight which includes all four games on an eastern road swing which included their loss to the Devils.
Tonight is the Sharks first home game back from the eastern trip.
Defenseman Brent Burns leads the Sharks in scoring with 42 points in 63 games.
By the Numbers:
Devils are 6-4-1 against Pacific Division opponents this season while the Sharks had a lot of success against Metropolitan Division teams with a 6-2-2 record prior to their recent four-game swing but lost to the Rangers, Devils, Islanders and Flyers and now hold a 6-6-2 record.
Sharks are 27th in the NHL on the power play at 16.0% but on the penalty kill, they rank first in the League with an 85.8% success rate.
Devils -Will Butcher (lower body) is out
Sharks - Dalton Prout (upper body) is on IR; Tomas Hertl (torn ACL, MCL) is on IR; Erik Karlsson (fractured thumb) is on IR; Melker Karlsson (lower body) is day-to-day