Jan 21, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; St. Louis Blues center Vladimir Sobotka (17), New Jersey Devils center Ryan Carter (20) and New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov (28) battle for the loose puck after a save by New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) during the third period at the Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Blues 7-1. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: New Jersey Devils vs St. Louis Blues

Jan 26, 2014; New York City, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers players shake hands after the Stadium Series hockey game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Jan 26, 2014; New York City, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias (26) celebrates with right wing Damien Brunner (12) after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the first period of the Stadium Series hockey game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Jacob Josefson will be playing at LW with Jaromir Jagr and Travis Zajac on his line for the second straight game. Josefson had a +1 rating in Sunday’s game and 1 shot on goal with 12:55 of ice time.

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.


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