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Schneider starts vs. Oilers as Devils honor Brodeur

New Jersey will retire former goalie's number before game

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

OILERS (21-28-5) at DEVILS (26-21-7) 

TV: 8 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, MSG, SNOL, NHL.TV 

NEWARK, N.J. -- Goaltender Cory Schneider is expected to start against the Edmonton Oilers when the New Jersey Devils pay tribute to former goaltender Martin Brodeur at Prudential Center on Tuesday.

Schneider made 35 saves in a 2-1 loss at the New York Rangers on Monday. The Devils will retire the No. 30 jersey of Brodeur in ceremony prior to faceoff against the Oilers. 

The ceremony begins at 6:15 p.m. ET and will include four speakers prior to Brodeur. Former teammates Patrik Elias and Ken Daneyko, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello, who was GM for the Devils during Brodeur's 21-plus seasons with the organization. 

"It's important that we honor Marty the right way and I think it's important for our players and organization to have a night like this for sure," Devils coach John Hynes said. "[Brodeur] certainly deserves it. Mentally, we need to be able to play a real solid game; be ready to play." 

Defenseman Damon Severson will play after sitting out as a healthy scratch the past three games. The Devils hope to avoid their fourth straight loss (0-1-2), which would equal a season high. 

Edmonton coach Todd McLellan will shuffle his line combinations after losing the past two games at the Montreal Canadiens and at the New York Islanders by a combined 13-2. Right wing Iiro Pakarinen will join center Leon Draisaitl and left wing Taylor Hall on the second line. Zack Kassian moves to the fourth line with center Matt Hendricks and right wing Lauri Korpikoski.  

"Pakarinen has been a bit of a workhorse for us and I think he stirs the drink on whatever line he's playing on," McLellan said. "He's physical and does some of the grunt work. I'm not overly concerned about his ability to work and his commitment level to doing things right." 

McLellan said his team will be on the bench for a portion of the Brodeur ceremony prior to puck drop. 

"Our team will participate, it's a long night and we will honor Marty as a team during the ceremony and he deserves that," McLellan said. "Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman; those types of icons deserve that. Marty in goal is as good as there ever was or maybe will be. 

"We're happy to be here and we know it will motivate and make the Devils a very hungry club so we'll have to be prepared for that." 

Edmonton has at least one point in its past 10 games at New Jersey, going 5-0-4 with one tie. 
Connor McDavid, who will again center Jordan Eberle and Benoit Pouliot, is happy he'll have a chance to witness the jersey retirement ceremony of a legend. 

"It's pretty cool anytime you get to see someone like Brodeur have his number raised to the rafters," McDavid said. "Obviously, just kind of the (2002) Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, I think. That was my biggest memory of him." 

Here are the projected lineups: 


Benoit Pouliot - Connor McDavid - Jordan Eberle   

Taylor Hall - Leon Draisaitl - Iiro Pakarinen 

Teddy Purcell - Mark Letestu - Nail Yakupov  

Zack Kassian - Matt Hendricks - Lauri Korpikoski 

Andrej Sekera - Mark Fayne   

Darnell Nurse - Adam Clendening   

Brandon Davidson - Eric Gryba   

Cam Talbot  

Anders Nilsson  

Injured: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (hand), Andrew Ference (hip), Oscar Klefbom (lower body) 

Scratched: Anton Lander, Griffin Reinhart, Justin Schultz  


Joseph Blandisi - Adam Henrique - Lee Stempniak  

Sergey Kalinin - Travis Zajac - Kyle Palmieri  

Reid Boucher - Jacob Josefson - Tyler Kennedy  

Bobby Farnham - Stephen Gionta - Jordin Tootoo  

Andy Greene - Adam Larsson  

Damon Severson - David Schlemko  

Seth Helgeson - John Moore  

Cory Schneider  

Keith Kinkaid  

Injured: Michael Cammalleri (right wrist) Patrik Elias (right knee), Jon Merrill (right arm), Jiri Tlusty (right wrist) 

Scratched: Eric Gelinas, Tuomo Ruutu, Stefan Matteau  

Status report: Schultz will be a healthy scratch for the second time in five games. "He needs to watch a game, reflect on his play and what his impact is offensively and defensively," McLellan said. … Hynes said he will determine who will be a healthy scratch on defense after the warmup. Gelinas participated in an optional skate Tuesday morning. 

Who's hot: McDavid has two goals and six points in four games since returning to the lineup from an upper-body injury. ... Schneider is 6-3-1 in his past 10 starts.

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