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Goalie nods: Schneider starts 13th straight for Devils

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Lucky 13?

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.

PHT Morning Skate: Tarasenko’s goal is even better in flip book form


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The case for Marc-Andre Fleury’s contract extension. (Pensburgh)

The Chicago Blackhawks are happy with their goaltending so far. (

Is it wrong to deem Patrik Elias “over the hill?” The Newark Star-Ledger argues that it’s an unfair description. (Newark Star-Ledger)

Tomas Hertl and the sophomore slump. (Puck Daddy)

Alex Ovechkin is now one of 30 people who hold NHL franchise scoring records. How does he compare to the other 29? (Japers Rink)

Interesting stuff on the original Rocket Richard Trophy. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Jason Spezza finds his copy of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and urges us not to panic. (Dallas Morning News)

Vladimir Tarasenko’s highlight reel goal against the New York Rangers inspired this beautiful “animated” treatment:

Compare it to the actual goal:

Elias mired in ‘frustrating’ 11-game goalless drought

Patrick Elias has scored plenty of goals over his lengthy career — 394, to be specific — but he’s currently in the midst of one of his worst slumps, having failed to find the back of the net in 11 straight games.

“It’s frustrating. For me, it is,” Elias said, per “I’m getting chances. I can get a goal probably every game that I looked at it and that’s the way it goes. I don’t know. We’ve just got to keep going, creating chances. Hopefully, it will turn around.”

Since scoring in a season-opening win over Philadelphia, little has gone right for Elias offensively. He has just three points in his last nine games and has struggled to put pucks on net, recording just eight shots on goal over his last six games.

Despite this, head coach Peter DeBoer saw signs for optimism during Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to St. Louis. Elias, playing on a line with Adam Henrique and Michael Ryder, “played great” according to DeBoer — and to be fair, the line would’ve likely been on the scoresheet last night if not for this outstanding save by Jake Allen:

“If he keeps playing like he did tonight,” DeBoer said of Elias, “then he doesn’t have anything to worry about.”


Video: Tarasenko helps Blues past Devils


Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko continued his hot play Tuesday night netting the lone goal in St. Louis’ 1-0 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Tarasenko now has seven goals and nine points in five games.

The win extends the Blues’ streak to six games. Goaltender Jake Allen made 26 saves for his second shutout of the season and third career goose egg.

Cory Schneider, who was starting his career-high 12th consecutive game, made 22 saves in the loss.

WATCH LIVE: St. Louis Blues vs. New Jersey Devils

The St. Louis Blues will look for their sixth straight win tonight as they visit the Prudential Center in New Jersey. The two teams split the season series last year with each winning at home. Blues’ goaltender Jake Allen is making his first career start against the Devils while Cory Schneider makes his career-high 12th straight start in goal for New Jersey. The Devils lead the all-time series 27-23-7, including a 16-9-3 mark in the past 28 games played in New Jersey. The two teams will meet for a second, and final, time in St. Louis on Thursday. The Blues and Devils meet for the 101st time tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET. You can also watch the game on NBCSN or via NBC Sports’ Live Extra stream.


Here are some related stories for you to read while you wait for the game to start:

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Blues think Tarasenko is ready to become a ‘significant player’

Get your game notes: Blues at Devils

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