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At the Rink: Devils at Canadiens

by Sean Farrell

MONTREAL -- New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider will start against the Montreal Canadiens for a second straight day Saturday and make his Bell Centre debut (7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, CITY, MSG).

Schneider saved 25 of 27 shots before allowing shootout goals to Montreal forwards Alex Galchenyuk and Sven Andrighetto, who also scored during regulation, in a 3-2 loss to the Canadiens on Friday at Prudential Center.

"I want to play as much as I can, so if coach feels that he wants me to go in this game and it's an important game, then that's what's good to me," Schneider said. "So I don't try to overthink it. Every game is big, especially getting into December now that you really have to start kind of jockeying and I think we were O.K. with the one point but we would have liked to have two so if we can get a couple of points (Saturday) somehow I think that will be key and for me I think that's a good challenge."

The 29-year-old goalie has never played in Montreal despite making his debut with the Vancouver Canucks in 2008-09. Schneider's only prior game against Montreal was a 4-3 home shootout loss with the Devils on Dec. 14, 2013.

"It's always been fun to come here and I've obviously watched a few games here so it will be fun to actually get out there and play in this environment and get a chance to play in this rink," Schneider said.

Devils coach John Hynes was aware Schneider has never played in Montreal, but said that didn't factor in his decision to start him in back-to-back games.

"Yeah, I know he hasn't played here before but that wasn't the decision why we're playing him; we feel like he's ready to go," Hynes said. "He played (Friday) night and we feel it's the best opportunity for our team (Saturday)."

After confirming Schneider will start, Hynes said he will not make any lineup changes.

"I think if you look at the game (Friday) night we made some hard pushes and found a way to put the puck in the net, and they did the same," Hynes said. "And the game was not settled by the game, it was settled in the shootout. So for us, we know we played a good team, I think we stuck with it, we played well. I wouldn't say it was a blown lead. You have a good team that is opportunistic and they found a way to score in those situations so we take a lot of positives out of the game and we know we need to be better (Saturday) to try to be able to get two points."

Right wing Tyler Kennedy made his Devils debut Friday.

"Tyler played limited minutes and we knew that was going to happen but he brought speed, he brought some energy, he was very good on the forecheck and that's what we expected from him coming in," Hynes said. "So we thought it was a good game for him, good minutes for him to play, and we'll try to build on that again (Saturday)."

Left wing Patrik Elias will play his third game after missing the first 20 games because of a right knee injury.

"Patrik definitely took a step in the right direction," Hynes said. "You could see his timing was better, he was better on the power play, but his skating and his 5-on-5 play, when you looked at it, he played with some good pace, he was able to get in on the forecheck and we thought that line created some chances, the puck just didn't go in for him (Friday) night."

The Canadiens did not have a morning skate Saturday.

Here are the projected lineups:


Mike Cammalleri - Adam Henrique - Lee Stempniak

Sergey Kalinin - Travis Zajac - Kyle Palmieri

Patrik Elias - Jacob Josefson - Jordin Tootoo

Bobby Farnham - Stephen Gionta - Tyler Kennedy

Andy Greene - Adam Larsson

John Moore - Damon Severson

Jon Merrill - Eric Gelinas

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Injured: Tuomo Ruutu (right foot fracture), Jiri Tlusty (upper body)

Scratched: Brian O'Neill, Stefan Matteau, David Schlemko


Max Pacioretty - Tomas Plekanec - Devante Smith-Pelly

Tomas Fleischmann - David Desharnais - Dale Weise

Lars Eller - Alex Galchenyuk - Sven Andrighetto

Paul Byron - Brian Flynn - Christian Thomas

Andrei Markov - P.K. Subban

Nathan Beaulieu - Jeff Petry

Greg Pateryn - Tom Gilbert

Mike Condon

Dustin Tokarski

Injured: Brendan Gallagher (hand), Torrey Mitchell (lower body), Carey Price (lower body), Alexander Semin (lower body)

Scratched: Alexei Emelin, Bud Holloway

Status report: Tlusty, O'Neill, Matteau and Kinkaid were the only Devils who took to the ice for the morning skate at Bell Centre. Schlemko did not make the trip because of the birth of his daughter. ... Thomas enters the lineup in place of Holloway, who made his NHL debut Friday.

Who's hot: Cammalleri one goal and four assists during a three-game points streak, and nine points in his past six games (two goals, seven assists). Galchenyuk has three goals and two assists during a four-game point streak. Andrighetto has scored in consecutive games. Pacioretty, who has a three-game point streak, has 12 points in his past 10 games (five goals, seven assists).

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