BY: DAVID KOLB
VANCOUVER CANUCKS (11-12-2) @ NEW JERSEY DEVILS (11-7-6)
FIRST OF TWO
The Devils scored four unanswered goals to edge Nashville, 5-4 in overtime and finish their four-game road trip on a high note. Tonight will mark the first of two games the Devils and Canucks play this season as the teams will meet again on Jan. 15 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
The Devils were 2-0-0 against Vancouver in last season, as Kyle Palmieri (in overtime) and Adam Henrique scored the pair of game-winners for the Devils. The Devils have played the Canucks very well at home over the past three seasons, and take the Prudential Center ice tonight with a 2-0-1 record since the 2013-14 season.
Amazingly at the age of 36, both Henrik and Daniel Sedin serve as the focus of their opponent’s top defensive pair, as they are both having another productive offensive season for the Canucks. Henrik is currently tied for first in scoring with six goals and 10 assists for 16 points while brother Daniel has seven goals with eight assists for 15 points.
SCHNEIDER LOOKS FOR A “W”
Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid and are a combined 3-1-2 all-time versus Vancouver, and tonight Schneider will get the start between the pipes after Kinkaid secured the win in Nashville on Saturday. Schneider enters the crease with an 8-6-4 record with a 2.63 goals against average and a .912 save percentage, however, the Salem, Massachusetts native has dropped his past three starts.
Michael Cammalleri has been sensational since returning to the Devils’ lineup, scoring his fourth career overtime goal Saturday (his ninth of the season), to give the Devils a huge road win. It was Cammalleri’s second of the night as he also lit-the-lamp 0:25 into the third period. He has six goals and five assists for 11 points in his past six games.