Goalie nods: Schneider returns to Devils’ crease after almost a week off

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Only two games tonight after the Blues and Blackhawks wrap up the Winter Classic in St. Louis.

In New Jersey, Cory Schneider will look to bounce back after allowing four goals in each of his last two starts, both losses. It’s been a very frustrating season for the Devils’ number-one netminder, who’s 10-12-5 with a lowly .904 save percentage.

The Devils host the Bruins, who have not yet announced a starter. One would think Tuukka Rask will get the nod after Saturday’s 26-save win over Buffalo. The B’s don’t really have a reliable backup right now, with Anton Khudobin unable to string together many solid performances.

As for Schneider, he should be plenty rested, given he hasn’t played in almost a week. Backup Keith Kinkaid made the last two starts — the first one went really well, the second one not so much, as he allowed all six goals in a 6-2 loss to Washington on Saturday.

Read more: Schneider vents frustrations after yet another loss

Elsewhere…

Ryan Miller will start for the Vancouver Canucks, who will be going for their fourth straight win at home to Colorado. The Avalanche, minus Semyon Varlamov (groin), are expected to go with Calvin Pickard for a fifth straight game.

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