News and notes from the blue paint…
Cory Schneider is making up for lost time.
Stuck behind Roberto Luongo in Vancouver, then Martin Brodeur in New Jersey, Schneider has taken his first opportunity as a clear-cut No. 1 netminder and run with it — tonight, he’ll start his 13th consecutive game when the Devils take on the Blues in St. Louis.
As you’d expect from his workhorse load, Schneider leads all NHL goalies in appearances and minutes played. He also ranks third in saves, with 354, trailing only Jonathan Quick and Semyon Varlamov.
Tonight, he’ll take on the goalie that bested him on Tuesday: Jake Allen, who stopped all 26 shots faced in a 1-0 decision two nights ago.
Oilers at Bruins: Ben Scrivens for Edmonton, Tuukka Rask likely for Boston.
Panthers at Flyers: Roberto Luongo vs. Steve Mason
Wild at Sens: Niklas Backstrom vs. Craig Anderson
Flames at Bolts: Jonas Hiller vs. Ben Bishop
Pens at Jets: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Ondrej Pavelec
Preds at Stars: Kari Lehtonen for Dallas, Pekka Rinne likely for Nashville.
Leafs at Avs: Jonathan Bernier vs. Reto Berra
Isles at Kings: Chad Johnson for New York, Jonathan Quick likely for L.A.
Canucks at Sharks: Antti Niemi for San Jose, no word yet on a Vancouver starter.