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Been there, done that: Oilers lose five straight for second time this season

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It’s entering the end of November, the National Hockey League season is transitioning through the quarter mark and the Edmonton Oilers are in the midst of their second five-game losing streak already.

On Friday, the Oilers were booed off the ice after a 2-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils. Cory Schneider recorded the shutout with a 29-save performance in his 20th consecutive start, which reportedly breaks the club’s old record held by Martin Brodeur.

Goals from Adam Henrique and Tuomo Ruutu less than five minutes apart in the second period were enough for the Devils. Schneider, the workhorse, was solid.

Making matters worse for the Oilers was the loss of forward Benoit Pouliot, who suffered a broken foot blocking a shot and is now out indefinitely.

The Oilers are now at the end of a five-game home stand. It concludes Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks, and that could mean even more pain for Edmonton’s fan base.

The Oilers have won only four times on home ice in 12 opportunities to date in the 2014-15 campaign. So yeah, you can understand the fans’ frustrations following yet another disappointing result.

And this once again had the Oilers searching for answers, but saying all the right things.

“What we can control is our desperation and our gamesmanship… The mistakes we made tonight simply can’t happen,” said Taylor Hall, as per the club’s Twitter account.

“That’s the problem with our group right now is that we can’t seem to get the full 60 (minutes),” said head coach Dallas Eakins.

“I don’t question – a lot of nights – their effort. I think that’s a very damning statement against a player, that a player in this league is going to show up and just not try.”

Goalie nods: Fleury looks for win No. 300

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Big night for Fleury

In the midst of a banner campaign, Marc-Andre Fleury will look to set a personal milestone tonight when the Pens host the Isles at Consol.

Fleury is going for career win No. 300, aiming to become just the 30th goalie in NHL history to hit that mark. He’d also become just the fifth active goalie with 300 wins or more, joining Ryan Miller, Henrik Lundqvist, Evgeni Nabokov and Roberto Luongo.

As mentioned above, the potentially record-setting start comes in a year where Fleury has played very well. He’s 11-3-0 on the season, with a .930 save percentage and 1.98 GAA, which includes a league-leading four shutouts.

For the Isles, Chad Johnson will get the start in goal.

Elsewhere…

Bruins at Blue Jackets: Sergei Bobrovsky for Columbus, Niklas Svedberg likely for Boston.

Devils at Oilers: Cory Schneider vs. Viktor Fasth (read more about Schneider breaking Martin Brodeur’s club-record starts streak here)

Schneider to start 20th straight, will break Brodeur’s club record

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Devils goalie Cory Schneider will make his 20th straight start tonight in Edmonton, an assignment that will reportedly break Martin Brodeur’s club record of 19 straight starts to begin the season, set back in 2001-02.

Apparently, even coach Peter DeBoer is surprised that Schneider’s yet to be given a game off.

The Devils also play tomorrow in Calgary, so perhaps Scott Clemmensen will get the nod then. Schneider (8-8-2, .910 SV%) would seem the likely starter Tuesday against his old team in Vancouver.

Not surprisingly, Schneider’s 19 starts are the most of any NHL netminder, and nobody’s logged more time between the pipes than his 1,078:58.

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Goalie nods: Sharks go back to Grosenick

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All the latest from the crease…

Grosenick gets second straight start

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

That’s what the San Jose Sharks are thinking for tonight’s game in Buffalo, as they’ll start rookie netminder Troy Grosenick for the second straight game, following a 45-save shutout in his NHL debut against Carolina on Sunday.

Grosenick, an undrafted free agent, is up with the Sharks because of an injury to Alex Stalock. the 25-year-old was nothing short of brilliant against the ‘Canes over the weekend, which led to an emotional response from his father, who was in attendance for the shutout.

For Buffalo, Michal Neuvirth will get the nod.

Elsewhere…

Blues at Bruins: Brian Elliott vs. Tuukka Rask

Bolts at Isles: Evgeni Nabokov vs. Jaroslav Halak

Wings at Jackets: Jimmy Howard vs. Sergei Bobrovsky

Pens at Habs: Carey Price for Montreal, Marc-Andre Fleury likely for Pittsburgh.

Preds at Leafs: Jonathan Bernier for Toronto, Pekka Rinne likely for Nashville.

Devils at Jets: Cory Schneider vs. Michael Hutchinson

‘Canes at Stars: Cam Ward vs. Kari Lehtonen

Ducks at Flames: Jonas Hiller for Calgary, no word yet on an Anaheim starter.

Caps at Coyotes: Braden Holtby vs. Mike Smith

Panthers at Kings: Roberto Luongo for Florida, Jonathan Quick likely for L.A.

 

 

Devils demote Kinkaid, recall Clemmensen to watch Schneider play

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The New Jersey Devils shuffled the backup goalie deck on Monday, sending Keith Kinkaid back to AHL Albany while recalling veteran Scott Clemmensen.

Kinkaid, who hoped to get his first NHL start following an early-November recall, heads back to Albany with just two relief appearances of Cory Schneider on his resume, a grand total of 27 minutes played.

Those 27 minutes are just 10 fewer than Schneider’s new backup, Scott Clemmensen, has played this season — like Kinkaid, Clemmensen is also looking for his first start of the year, as head coach Peter DeBoer has gone with Schneider in all 18 contests so far.

New Jersey’s franchise record for consecutive start to open a season in 19, set by Martin Brodeur in 2001-02.

The Devils next play tomorrow night in Winnipeg.