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Preview: Devils at Canucks

Cory Schneider starts for New Jersey against former team

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

DEVILS (17-18-9) at CANUCKS (20-19-5)

7 p.m. ET; SN, MSG+, NHL.TV

 

Devils team scope

Cory Schneider will start for the New Jersey Devils against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. Schneider backed up Keith Kinkaid, who made 31 saves in a 2-1 win against the Calgary Flames on Friday, which ended a four game losing streak (0-2-2) for New Jersey. "We dictated play a lot," Schneider said. "We want to be able to play with the puck, get shots on goal … It's about replicating that as opposed to can we hang on 2-1 or 3-2. We want to drive play." Center Sergey Kalinin also could return after not playing since sustaining an injury blocking a shot during a 3-2 overtime loss against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. "We're going to see how Kalinin is a little later today and that will determine probably what happens up front if he is ready or not," coach John Hynes said after Kalinin took part in practice on Saturday. With or without Kalinin, Hynes wants the Devils to pick up where they left off in Calgary, shooting often and trying to control play rather than sitting on a lead. "When we do those things we're a difficult team to play against but when we don't do them we don't have the type of team that can go out and play and try to make high-skill plays," Hynes said.

Video: EDM@NJD: Schneider denies McDavid with sprawling stop

 

Canucks team scope

The Canucks went 0-1-2 on their recent road trip but return home to Rogers Arena, where they are 15-6-2. Vancouver's 27th-ranked power play allowed a shorthanded goal with two seconds left in a 2-1 overtime loss against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday and was 1-for-8 in a 5-4 shootout loss against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. Philadelphia was 2-for-4 on the power play. "If we were better on special teams, there is no question we win both of those games," center Bo Horvat said. The power play has been ineffective most of the season with a 13.7 percent success rate, but is slightly better at home (16.9 percent) than on the road (10.3 percent). "If we had better special teams, we'd have better results," forward Alexandre Burrows said. "If we can clean that up and keep working hard I like our chances at home." Coach Willie Desjardins would not reveal his starting goalie but Ryan Miller, who is 5-0-2 in his past seven starts, is expected to play for the eighth time in 10 games despite giving up four goals on 35 shots in Philadelphia. Desjardins said he won't make any other lineup changes, meaning forward Reid Boucher, who played nine games for the Devils this season, will be a heathy scratch for the sixth straight game since being claimed off waivers Jan. 4.

Video: VAN@CGY: Horvat skates around net and wrists puck in

 

Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Adam Henrique -- PA Parenteau

Michael Cammalleri -- Travis Zajac -- Kyle Palmieri

Pavel Zacha -- Jacob Josefson -- Beau Bennett

Devante Smith-Pelly -- Sergey Kalinin -- Miles Wood

Jon Merrill -- Ben Lovejoy

Damon Severson -- Kyle Quincey

Karl Stollery -- Steven Santini

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Luke Gazdic, Seth Helgeson, Blake Coleman

Injured: John Moore (concussion), Vernon Fiddler (lower body), Andy Greene (wrist), Yohann Auvitu (lower body)

 

Canucks projected lineup

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Loui Eriksson

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Alexandre Burrows 

Markus Granlund -- Brandon Sutter -- Jayson Megna

Brendan Gaunce -- Michael Chaput -- Jack Skille

Alexander Edler -- Troy Stecher

Luca Sbisa -- Christopher Tanev

Nikita Tryamkin -- Alex Biega

Ryan Miller

Jacob Markstrom

Scratched: Anton Rodin, Reid Boucher

Injured: Ben Hutton (hand), Jannik Hansen (knee), Erik Gudbranson (wrist surgery), Derek Dorsett (neck surgery), Philip Larsen (concussion)

 

Status report

Greene and Fiddler each skated on Saturday and could return at the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. Greene will miss his sixth game since being hit by a shot on his left arm on Jan. 3 and Fiddler will miss his 10th with a lower body injury sustained Dec. 27. "[Greene] will be back in the next few days," Hynes said. ... Devils right wing Nick Lappin was sent to the American Hockey League to make room for Josefson, who was activated from injured reserve before the game in Calgary.

 

Who's hot

Palmieri has a goal and two assists in his past two games. … Horvat has three goals and six assists in his past nine games.

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