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Devils continue road trip against Canucks

by Sean McCullen /

DEVILS (0-1-2) at CANUCKS (2-1-0)


Season series: This is the first of two meetings. The New Jersey Devils and Vancouver Canucks will meet again on Oct. 24 at Prudential Center. They last faced each other on Feb. 24, 2012, when the Canucks earned a 2-1 win in New Jersey. The Devils haven’t played in Vancouver since Nov. 1, 2010.

Big story: Cory Schneider is slated to start in goal for the Devils on Tuesday night in his return to Vancouver’s Rogers Arena. The Canucks traded Schneider to New Jersey at the 2013 NHL Draft for the Devils’ first-round pick (No. 9).

"When we got Cory, and then I got the schedule, it became a no-brainer," Devils coach Pete DeBoer said Monday. "I didn't have to spend a lot of time on it.”

Schneider was drafted by Vancouver in the first round (No. 26) in 2004, and he spent parts of five seasons with the Canucks. The 27-year-old Marblehead, Mass., native finished 17-9-4 with a .927 save percentage and 2.11 goals-against average for Vancouver in 2012-13.

Team Scope:

Devils: The Devils are still looking for their first win of the season after blowing a three-goal lead in the third period in Edmonton on Monday night. Patrik Elias tied the game for New Jersey at 4-4 on a shorthanded goal with 54 seconds to play, but Edmonton won the shootout after a scoreless overtime. Jaromir Jagr, Damien Brunner and Michael Ryder also scored for the Devils.

Martin Brodeur stopped all 11 Oilers’ shots he faced through two periods, but then allowed four goals on 14 shots in the third.

“I thought we had some chances to extend the lead and didn’t, and they found a way to hang around and capitalized on a handful of chances,” DeBoer said after the loss. “It’s a learning experience for us early in the season, and we’ve got to be better. “I don’t like leaving points on the table like that, especially after being up 3-0.”

Canucks: Vancouver has scored 11 goals in its past two games. The Canucks picked up their second win of the season in a 5-4 overtime victory at Calgary on Sunday night. Center Mike Santorelli scored twice in the win against the Flames, including the game-winning goal at 3:07 of overtime. Rookie goalie Eddie Lack earned the win in his first career start, stopping 32 of 36 shots.

"It was an unbelievable feeling," Lack said. "[That was] a great job by Santorelli there. … It was a little bit of a roller coaster, but I said to myself too that no matter what happened, I'm going to stick with it and work all 60 minutes, and it kind of felt that's what I did, too."

Who's hot: Brunner, who signed with New Jersey as a free agent on Sept. 24 after receiving a professional tryout during training camp, scored his third goal in as many games Monday night in Edmonton. He tallied two goals Friday in the Devils’ home opener against the Islanders. … Canucks center Henrik Sedin has five assists through the first three games and is tied for the team lead with a plus-2 rating.

Injury report: Canucks right wing Alexandre Burrows (lower-body injury) is out. He was injured in the Canucks’ season opener at San Jose while blocking a shot and is expected to miss at least two weeks. … The Devils bring a healthy lineup to Vancouver.

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