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Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey  Attendance: 13,847

Schneider healthy as Devils host Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings at New Jersey Devils

  1. Detroit lost, 3-1, at home to Carolina on Saturday night, dropping its second straight tilt, and falling to 1-4-0 in the last five contests overall. The Red Wings are just 3-19-4 when allowing three or more goals this season (15-1-3 in all other games).
  2. New Jersey lost, 3-1, in Philadelphia on Saturday, snapping its two-game win streak in the process. The Devils are 7-1-1 in their last nine games at Prudential Center (6-5-2 in first 13 home games this season).
  3. The Devils have taken both tilts with the Wings this season, including a 3-1 triumph at Prudential Center on December 27. Dating to the beginning of 2015-16, New Jersey is 5-2-1 in its last eight games vs. Detroit overall.
  4. Dylan Larkin had a helper Saturday night, giving him 29 assists in 2017-18 (had just 37 assists in first two NHL seasons combined). Larkin has an assist (zero goals) in each of his last three skates against the Devils, and six points (3g, 3a) in eight career games against New Jersey overall.
  5. Jesper Bratt potted New Jersey's lone goal Saturday, giving him two markers and two helpers in his last four games, and 30 points (12g, 18a) on the year overall. The last Devil to record more points in his rookie season was Adam Henrique, who had 51 in 2011-12.
  6. New Jersey's rookies have combined for 96 points in 2017-18 -- second most in hockey (Boston -- 108). Detroit's rookies have a total of 24 points this season (14th in the league).

NEWARK, N.J. -- For most of the season, Cory Schneider was rolling along. Then he became mired in a funk and dealt with the flu.

Before the flu sidelined him for three games, Schneider went 0-3-2 with 4.13 goals-against average in his last five starts.

The good news for the New Jersey Devils is Schneider is not dealing with the flu anymore and now they hope their starting goaltender reverts to his previous form in Monday's home game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Prudential Center.

Schneider (17-9-6, 2.74 GAA) is expected to return from his illness after the Devils went 2-1 with Keith Kinkaid starting. Kinkaid recorded wins over the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals but allowed three goals in the first period of Saturday's 3-1 loss at Philadelphia.

Kinkaid also left the game with a lower-body injury and Sunday was placed on injured reserve with a groin injury. Kinkaid's absence means Ken Appleby will be Schneider's backup after making his NHL debut Saturday.

Since making 31 saves in a 3-1 win over Detroit, Schneider has allowed 21 goals on 159 starts.

And since Schneider's last win, the Devils are 2-4-2 in their last eight games with six losses by two goals or less.

Jesper Bratt scored the lone goal Saturday but it appeared the Devils were late in getting into the flow of an afternoon start.

"If you're missing your legs, if you're missing your intensity off the bat and you're missing your details off the bat, it's a bad recipe," Devils center Brian Boyle told reporters. "We didn't do enough to stop the bleeding."

The Devils will play without left winger Brian Gibbons. Gibbons is tied with Bratt and Miles Wood for the second-most goals on the team with 12 but he was placed on injured reserve with a broken thumb from blocking a shot in the second period Saturday.

Taylor Hall will play after sitting out practice due to a maintenance day. Hall leads the Devils with 17 goals and 48 points. During a seven-game points streak, Hall has five goals and seven assists after setting up Bratt's goal.

"It was just one of those games where we gave up quality opportunities to start the game, and didn't really give ourselves a chance, at least to start the game," Hall said. "I think we've got to keep things a little more simple and just try to get to our game as the period goes on."

The Devils will also hope Boyle can get rolling again. Boyle scored six goals in a span of seven games from Dec. 8-23 but has one goal in his last 10 contests.

Detroit enters its second visit to New Jersey with the third-fewest points in the Eastern Conference. The Red Wings won four straight games following their first visit but are 1-4-0 in their last five.

"I don't think about whether things are slipping away," coach Jeff Blashill told reporters. "I think about what you have to do to make sure we're in the playoff hunt and what we have to do is win games and certainly there's an urgency to win now."

Detroit gave up two power-play goals to Elias Lindholm in Saturday's 3-1 home loss to the Carolina Hurricanes and managed 24 shots on goal after getting a season-low 15 on Tuesday in a 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars.

"It's hard to get shots through, but we make it even harder when we have good chances and we're passing up shots," Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg told reporters after the Red Wings were outshot for the seventh time in nine games. "We have to take our opportunities and get pucks on net."

The Red Wings will hope to see better results from their shots on goal but will do so somewhat shorthanded.

Darren Helm will be out with a leg injury and isn't expected to return until the end of the month. Justin Abdelkader will be out with a lower-body injury and isn't expected back until Thursday while Trevor Daley is unlikely to miss two games with the same injury.

"We need a run," Blashill said. "We need to win three out four, win three out of four, win three out of four. To do that, our (penalty kill) has to step up and be better, we got to have the shooting mentality, we got to create more chaos, get teams on their heels."

Monday is the final meeting between the teams. Gibbons netted the game winner in overtime Nov. 25 at Detroit while rookie Nico Hischier scored two goals in the first period last month in New Jersey.

Updated January 21, 2018

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