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Boeser looks to extend scoring streak for Canucks; Schneider in goal for New Jersey

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

CANUCKS (11-8-3) at DEVILS (12-5-4)

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


The Game

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson has an upper-body injury and will not play against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Friday. 

Canucks right wing Brock Boeser leads all rookies with 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 19 games. He has a four-game goal streak (six goals) and five-game point streak (six goals, one assist). 

Goalie Cory Schneider will make his fifth straight start for the Devils, who play the second of four games in six days; they lost 3-2 to the Boston Bruins in an 11-round shootout on Wednesday. 


Players to watch

Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin has 996 points (374 goals, 622 assists) in 1,247 NHL games. He has 10 points (four goals, six assists) this season.

Left wing Brian Gibbons, who leads the Devils with 10 goals, has a three-game point streak (two goals, one assist).


They said it

"We know the [Devils] like to put pucks to the net and use their speed. We'll have to come to the rink and out-compete them, get to pucks to Schneider and get bodies in front of him because last time (we played the Devils) he saw a lot of shots but played a tremendous game." -- Canucks forward Brock Boeser

"We'll be aware when the [Sven Baertschi-Bo Horvat-Brock Boeser] line is on the ice. We've done a pretty good job against some good lines; it seems like every night a hot line comes into the building. We've got to limit time and space, not let [Boeser] get that shot off and slow them down as much as we can. But that's easier said than done." -- Devils goalie Cory Schneider


Canucks projected lineup

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Brock Boeser

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Jake Virtanen

Brendan Gaunce -- Brandon Sutter -- Sam Gagner

Thomas Vanek -- Markus Granlund -- Loui Eriksson

Alexander Edler -- Derrick Pouliot

Michael Del Zotto -- Christopher Tanev  

Ben Hutton -- Troy Stecher

Jacob Markstrom

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Philip Holm, Alex Biega

Injured: Derek Dorsett (upper body), Erik Gudbranson (upper body)


Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Travis Zajac -- Jesper Bratt

Adam Henrique -- Nico Hischier -- Brian Gibbons

Pavel Zacha -- Blake Coleman -- Stefan Noesen

Miles Wood -- Brian Boyle -- Drew Stafford

Andy Greene -- Steven Santini

John Moore -- Damon Severson

Will Butcher -- Ben Lovejoy

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Dalton Prout, Jimmy Hayes

Injured: Marcus Johansson (concussion), Mirco Mueller (collarbone), Kyle Palmieri (broken right foot)


Status report

Gudbranson is day to day. Dorsett will miss his third straight game with stiffness in his neck and back. Stecher will return to the lineup after missing the past 14 games with a knee injury. Tanev (thumb), who did participate in the morning skate, will be a game-time decision. ... Noesen will replace Hayes.


Stat pack

Baertschi has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past three games. ... Schneider had held opponents to three goals or fewer in six of his previous seven starts (2-2-3, 17 goals against).

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