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Preview: Devils at Lightning

Goaltender Cory Schneider starts for New Jersey, Tampa Bay without forward Jonathan Drouin

by Corey Long / Correspondent

DEVILS (4-2-3) at LIGHTNING (6-4-1) 

7 p.m. ET; SUN, MSG+2, NHL.TV 


Devils team scope

This is the second game of a three-game, four-day road trip for the New Jersey Devils. Goalie Cory Schneider is expected to start for the ninth time in 10 games; he made 32 saves last Saturday in a 3-1 win against the Lightning in Newark. Defenseman Damon Severson had the game-winning goal in that game and leads the Devils with eight points (one goal, seven assists). "His work ethic and compete on the puck is night and day from what it was last year," Devils coach John Hynes told the Bergen Record. "Situations where he goes back for pucks under pressure, he's using his skating. He's more poised with the puck. He's willing to accept hits to make plays. Last year, he was a little bit nervous in those situations."


Lightning team scope

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin will not play Saturday but he did take part in the morning skate. Drouin did not speak to reporters afterward, and coach Jon Cooper did not have any further updates. Drouin sustained an upper-body injury when he was hit by New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan on Tuesday. This is the third and final time the Lightning will play the Devils during the regular season, Cooper said that seeing a team so many times in a short period makes preparation a little easier. "We know what this team is all about," he said. "Our biggest thing is sticking to our structure, because if you escape that against a team like New Jersey, who is structurally sound, you're going to be in trouble. That's what happened to us last game."


Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Travis Zajac -- PA Parenteau

Michael Cammalleri -- Adam Henrique --Kyle Palmieri

Beau Bennett -- Pavel Zacha -- Devante Smith-Pelly

Sergey Kalinin -- Vernon Fiddler -- Nick Lappin

Andy Greene -- Damon Severson

John Moore -- Kyle Quincey

Yohann Auvitu -- Ben Lovejoy

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Reid Boucher, Jacob Josefson, Vojtech Mozik

Injured: None


Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Steven Stamkos -- Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn -- Tyler Johnson -- Brayden Point

J.T. Brown -- Valtteri Filppula -- Ryan Callahan

Cedric Paquette -- Brian Boyle -- Vladislav Namestnikov

Victor Hedman -- Anton Stralman

Jason Garrison -- Andrej Sustr

Slater Koekkoek -- Braydon Coburn

Ben Bishop

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Scratched: Nikita Nesterov

Injured: Jonathan Drouin (upper body)


Status report

The Devils moved Parenteau to the top line and Cammalleri to the second line. Hynes says Schneider will start Saturday and Kinkaid will make his second start of the season Sunday at the Carolina Hurricanes. … … Bishop had surgery Wednesday to replace the front teeth he lost when he was hit by a puck on Oct. 25 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.


Who's hot

Schneider has a .940 save percentage (63 saves on 67 shots) in his first two starts against the Lightning this season. ... Stamkos has two goals and two assists in the past three games.

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