New Jersey Devils (22-20-11) vs St. Louis Blues (35-11-5) – Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri – New Jersey leads 1-0 – January 28, 2014
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The New Jersey Devils and St. Louis Blues will meet for the last time this season in the only meeting at the Scottrade Center. The Devils are starting a 3-game road trip where there are plenty of crucial points to be obtained.
Pete DeBoer will be rolling with the same lineup tonight outside of giving Cory Schneider the start in net.
Schneider made his last appearance on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium when he was put in for Martin Brodeur after Brodeur gave up 6 goals at that point. Schneider gave up a goal of his own on a penalty shot. He played 20 minutes and stopped 4 of 5 shots.
Schneider was in net last Tuesday when the Devils trounced the Blues at the Prudential Center during the big storm. That 7-1 win saw Schneider stop 26 of 27 and posted a .963 save percentage.
Schneider’s record on the season is at 9-9-7 but is 4-1-2 in January alone.
Patrik Elias is looking to capitalize on the 2-goal effort he posted at Yankee Stadium. Those goals were only his 8th and 9th on the season and stands at 29 points (20 assists). Elias has yet to score in a game that the Devils have won but has posted 12 assists in 15 wins that he has been involved in.
Josefson only has 1 assist in 17 games this season and has been involved in 6 wins compared to 11 losses. His lone assist came on the road but also came in a game in which they lost.
The Blues have not lost since their embarrassing showing in Newark and are 18-5-2 this season in St. Louis. The Devils haven’t fared well away from Newark this season coming in with a record of 10-13-5.
The Devils continue to have an outstanding penalty kill that is killing at a rate of 87%.
The Devils have a chance to move into a tie for the last wild card spot and 3rd-place in the Metropolitan Division with the win and various other scenarios playing out tonight.
Stats courtesy of ESPN.com and NHL.com.