Among the troublesome areas for the New Jersey Devils

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Among the troublesome areas for the New Jersey Devils this season is goal prevention. Cory Schneider is injured after struggling in his return from hip surgery while Keith Kinkaid is struggling to duplicate his effectiveness from last season.Enter Mackenzie Blackwood Adidas Jonathan Bernier Jersey , who has put together two straight stellar performances and off to a strong start to his career.Whether it’s Kinkaid or Blackwood, the Devils will be attempting to get their third straight win Monday afternoon when they host the Vancouver Canucks.Article continues below ...New Jersey’s goaltenders own a combined 3.15 goals-against average and a .893 save percentage, resulting in the Devils allowing 125 goals or 3.38 per game, the fifth-highest total in the leagueKinkaid has a 3.02 GAA after he posted a 2.77 GAA in 41 games last season. Schneider is 0-5-1 with a 4.66 GAA but landed on injured reserve two weeks ago with an abdominal strain, resulting in Blackwood’s promotion from AHL Binghamton.Since joining the Devils, Blackwood is 2-0 with a 1.58 GAA and a save percentage of .956 in five appearances (three starts). He stopped 40 shots in Thursday’s 5-2 victory at Boston and followed it up with a 37-save shutout in Saturday afternoon’s 2-0 win over Carolina.“When you’re in a situation where things haven’t gone as you’d like, for guys to be able to come in and make an impact on the team is really important,” New Jersey coach John Hynes said.Because of Blackwood’s performances, the Devils have a chance at getting three straight wins for the first time since allowing four goals during a season-opening four-game winning streak. New Jersey also is trying to allow two goals or fewer for the third straight game for the first time since its season-opening streak.“It’s huge Adidas Paul Thompson Jersey ,” Blackwood said. “It’s awesome. Everyone dreams about this kind of stuff. The challenge here is to just keep going, keep moving forward, keep having success.”Since a three-game losing streak Dec. 15-20, the Devils are 3-1 in their last four games and since a six-game skid (0-3-3) from Nov. 23-Dec. 3, they are 5-4-2 in their last 11 contests.The Devils played Saturday without Taylor Hall, who missed his third game of the season and second in a row with a lower-body injury. The Devils are 2-0-1 in games Hall has missed and he is day-to-day after not practicing Sunday.Without Hall, Pavel Zacha scored a short-handed goal on his own rebound during a breakaway while defenseman Andy Greene scored an empty-net goal.Vancouver is 2-0 on its second six-game road trip of the season after getting wins in Edmonton and Calgary. The Canucks went 1-3-2 on their first six-game trip that was part of an eight-game overall losing streak.Since the eight-game skid, Vancouver is 9-5-2 in its last 16 games and 5-0-1 in its last six road games.The Canucks head to New Jersey after Alex Edler scored the game-winning goal 3:06 into overtime of a 3-2 win at Calgary on Saturday. Edler played 27:45, blocked four shots and has four goals to go along with seven assists since returning from a knee injury Nov. 24.“We’ve started to realize what we have to do to be successful and tonight we didn’t play great but got better in the second half and got to overtime and then anything can happen Adidas Troy Brouwer Jersey ,” Edler said. “We’ve been having good pushes in the third period.”Rookie Elias Pettersson also scored for the second straight game and his 39 points are the fifth-most in team history through 34 career games. The Canucks have won their last seven games when he scores and 8-0-1 in the last nine games when he registers at least one point.“We got away with a game where we didn’t play our best, but we trust each other and we have the confidence to be patient,” Pettersson said. That’s how we won in overtime, but it was hard. The first shift I was gassed and then I almost had a breakaway, but you get a lot of space to use your skill.”Brock Boeser also scored and has eight goals this month and 14 overall. Five of his goals are in the last eight games and Boeser totaled eight shots on goal Saturday.New Jersey has won the last seven meetings since a 2-0 loss at Vancouver on Nov. 25, 2014. ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn is known for his offensive touch. He showed his physical side on Friday night.Ryan O’Reilly, Schenn and Alex Pietrangelo finished with a goal and an assist, and the Blues snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory over the Nashville Predators.Ivan Barbashev, Zach Sanford and Robby Fabbri also scored for the Blues Adidas Michael Hutchinson Jersey , who posted their highest goal total in 11 games. Robert Thomas had a pair of assists, and Jake Allen made 26 saves as interim head coach Craig Berube earned his first win since taking over after Mike Yeo was fired on Monday night.The Blues scored the first two goals of the game and never trailed, splitting a home-and-home with the Predators after losing at Nashville on Wednesday. But it was two fights, one between the Blues’ Pat Maroon and Austin Watson and the other between Schenn and Hartman in the game’s first 75 seconds that set the tone.“You should have heard our bench,” Schenn said. “A lot of emotion on our bench. It got us going. I think last game, we played hard, we were physical.”Nick Bonino and Ryan Hartman scored for the Predators, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Juuse Saros was pulled in favor of Pekka Rinne after giving up five goals on 15 shots.Barbashev finished on a give-and-go with Jordan Schmaltz that resulted from a Miikka Salomaki turnover, giving the Blues a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. It was the first time in six games that St. Louis got the opening goal Adidas Mike Hoffman Jersey , a streak that dated to Nov. 10.O’Reilly made it 2-0 Blues with 6:51 left in the first, marking St. Louis’ first multi-goal game in their last five contests.“We stuck with it the whole time,” O’Reilly said. “We shot pucks, we were physical and we got them back on their heels thinking a bit and we kept rolling with it. That’s what we need to happen. We just kept rolling with it.”Bonino’s power-play goal for the Predators cut the deficit to 2-1 with 5:48 left in the first. It was Nashville’s first shot on goal.“They had a coaching change and we knew they were going to come out hard, especially at home and we didn’t match that tonight,” Predators defenseman Roman Josi said.Schenn answered 67 seconds later on a breakaway to make it 3-1 Blues.Sanford gave the Blues a 4-1 lead 46 seconds into the second off a feed from O’Reilly. It was Sanford’s first goal in 11 games, dating to Oct. 27.Fabbri made it 5-1 Blues with 8:07 left in the second. Fabbri’s first goal in eight games chased Saros.“Second periods, I think you’ve got to take a different mindset a little bit, especially with the lead Adidas Jonny Brodzinski Jersey ,” Berube said. “I thought we did a good job of playing good defense and managing the puck.”It was the most goals the Predators have allowed this season. Nashville center Kyle Turris left the game in the first period, but the team gave no update after the game.“There’s things we did wrong and we can do better,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. “Right from the start, right to the end.”NOTES: Predators G Pekka Rinne won his 320th career game on Wednesday, passing Miikka Kiprusoff for most wins by a Finnish-born goalie in NHL history. . Blues F Robert Thomas scored his first NHL goal on Wednesday, becoming the fourth-youngest player in franchise history to score a goal at 19 years, 142 days. . The Predators scratched C Zac Rinaldo and D Matt Irwin. . The Blues scratched D Carl Gunnarsson, LW Alexander Steen and RW Nikita Soshkinov.UP NEXTNashville: Hosts Anaheim on Sunday.St. Louis: Hosts Winnipeg on Saturday.

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