Goalie nods: Halak goes for third straight shutout

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Halak goes for three

Having posted shutouts in each of his last two outings, Jaroslav Halak will look to extend his streak tonight when the Isles take on the Panthers in Florida.

Technically speaking, Halak’s streak actually began three games ago, late in the second period of a Nov. 5 OT win over Anaheim. His last goal allowed came at the 18:51 mark of the middle frame, meaning the shutout streak is currently at seven consecutive periods (and one overtime.)

After the win over Anaheim, Halak stopped all 19 shots faced in a 1-0 decision over Arizona and followed that up by making 20 saves in a 6-0 waxing of Colorado on Tuesday night.

The recent run of good play has bumped Halak’s numbers on the year to 6-4-0, with a 2.57 GAA and .912 save percentage.

For the Panthers, Roberto Luongo will start in goal.


Jackets at Flyers: Curtis McElhinney vs. Steve Mason

Devils at Caps: Cory Schneider vs. Braden Holtby

Pens at Leafs: Thomas Greiss vs. Jonathan Bernier

‘Hawks at Red Wings: Corey Crawford vs. Jimmy Howard

Coyotes at Canucks: Ryan Miller likely for Vancouver, no word yet on an Arizona starter.

Devils continue to get money’s worth from Schneider


If you’re going to pay a guy $42 million, you might as well make him earn it.

That’s the apparent message out of New Jersey this season regarding Cory Schneider — today, head coach Peter DeBoer confirmed Schneider would start for the 17th consecutive time on Friday when the Devils take on the Caps at Verizon.

“Schneids is starting tomorrow night and then we’ll go from there,” DeBoer said, per NJ.com.

To be clear, Schneider’s seven-year, $42 million extension doesn’t kick in until next season but, given he signed the pact prior to this season (and the fact New Jersey parted ways with Martin Brodeur this summer), the organization’s message is loud and clear:

We’re paying you a lot of money, and giving you unlimited opportunity for playing time.

To date, Schneider’s returns have been up and down. His overall numbers (7-6-2, .904 save percentage, 2.86 GAA) aren’t great, but he’s had a handful of strong performances (including Tuesday’s 23-save effort in a 3-1 win over Minnesota).

Some of that can be explained by the team playing in front of Schneider, which has been in a constant state of flux: key free agent acquisitions like Mike Cammalleri and Martin Havlat have been in and out of the lineup, and the Devils’ defense has been banged up with injuries to Bryce Salvador, Jon Merrill and Eric Gelinas.

There’s also the issue of Schneider’s untested backup, Keith Kinkaid, who’s never made an NHL start and has just 53 minutes of big-league experience. The plan is to eventually start Kinkaid but, to hear DeBoer explain it, that plan might not be executed soon — especially with some high-octane opponents on the schedule.

“We won the game, we got a great performance from Cory,” DeBoer said after beating Minnesota. “These next two teams we’re playing are elite offensive teams.

“With Washington’s forwards and Colorado’s forwards we’re going to have to do the good things we did last game in order to get the win, and be a lot better in a lot of different areas.”

PHT Morning Skate: The former Bruins enforcer who taunted an entire bench

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.

This “30 for 30 Short” on former Boston Bruins enforcer John Wensink and his taunt of the Minnesota North Stars’ bench is the best use of your 11-or-so minutes since “Too Many Cooks.” (Grantland)

A look back at the man behind the coach of the year trophy, Jack Adams. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

You just have to see Jaromir Jagr in marzipan statue form. (The Hockey News)

How Peter Forsberg changed the viewpoint on Swedish players. (Sportsnet)

This is apparently the 40th anniversary of Guy Lapointe’s lone hat trick. (Dave Stubbs’ Twitter feed)

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a $20,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Thursday night’s NHL games. It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $2,000. Starts Thursday at 7pm ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

Milan Lucic passed 500 games played about a week ago. Here’s a look at the impact he’s made on the Bruins so far. (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

Ryan Miller as Luigi and Eddie Lack as Mario? You’d think it might have been the other way around (via Lack’s Instagram):


Video: Cory Schneider robs Nate Prosser


Devils’ goaltender Cory Schneider, who is making his 16th consecutive start tonight, absolutely robbed Wild defenseman Nate Prosser of a sure goal in the second period tonight.

Have a look:

Video: Marco Scandella with a huge hit on Jacob Josefson

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Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella caught Devils’ Jacob Josefson with a huge hit early in the second period.

Scandella received a minor penalty for interference on the play while Josefson demains in the game.