It wasn’t the plan, but Cory Schneider’s drought is finally over. Keith Kinkaid got the start against Minnesota on Friday, but was pulled after the Devils found themselves down 4-1 by 7:19 of the second period. Schneider stepped in and made 15 saves the rest of the way while the Devils clawed their way back en route to a 5-4 overtime victory.
With that, Schneider has a regular season win for the first time since Dec. 27, 2017. While injuries are part of the reason Schneider went so long without a win, he was also 0-17-4 with a 4.12 GAA and .865 save percentage in 24 contests over that stretch. To put that in perspective, no other goaltender that appeared in at least 10 games over that stretch went winless. Marc-Andre Fleury managed to win 52 games in between Schneider’s victories while Connor Hellebuyck had 51 wins over that stretch.
So yeah, it was ugly, but it’s over now. Maybe now that the weight of that massive losing streak is off Schneider’s shoulders, he can begin to turn things around. That would certainly be big for the Devils given that Keith Kinkaid has left plenty to be desired this season with his 3.34 GAA and .892 save percentage in 40 contests.
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NY RANGERS 6 BUFFALO 2
Vladislav Namestnikov had two goals and an assist for the Rangers. He’s up to six goals and 19 points in 53 contests.
Pavel Buchnevich contributed a goal and an assist. The New York forward has 11 goals and 21 points in 40 games.
Alexandar Georgiev saved 31 of 33 shots in his third straight win. That gives him a 9-9-0 record, 3.05 GAA, and .907 save percentage in 20 contests.
At the other end of the ice, Linus Ullmark stopped 23 of 28 shots. He’s 13-6-4 with a 2.98 GAA and .910 save percentage in 26 games.
Jeff Skinner accounted for both of Buffalo’s goals. That gives him 36 goals and 53 points in 57 games.
CAROLINA 3 EDMONTON 1
Curtis McElhinney came up big with 40 saves on 41 shots. He has a 15-6-1 record, 2.36 GAA, and .920 save percentage in 22 starts.
Mikko Koskinen stopped 24 of 27 Hurricanes shots. He hasn’t won a game since Jan. 16 and has posted a 3.69 GAA over his last seven contests.
For the second straight game, Leon Draisaitl scored the Oilers’ only goal. It was his 34th goal and 68th point in 57 games.
Nino Niederreiter found the back of the net twice. He has eight goals and 12 points in 12 games since being acquired by Carolina.
Lucas Wallmark scored the game-winning goal. He’s up to seven goals and 20 points in 58 contests.
NEW JERSEY 5 MINNESOTA 4 (OT)
Keith Kinkaid got the start, but was yanked after allowing four goals on 17 shots. Cory Schneider stepped in halfway through the second period and made 15 saves the rest of the way to earn his first regular season win since Dec. 27, 2017.
Nico Hischier scored the overtime winner and registered an assist. He has 17 goals and 42 points in 54 games this season.
Kyle Palmieri also had a goal and an assist for the Devils. He’s up to 25 goals and 44 points in 58 contests.
Brad Hunt found the back of the net and registered an assist. The Wild defenseman has four goals and 10 points in 18 games.
Devan Dubnyk turned aside 23 of 28 Devils shots. This is his third straight loss and the second straight start where he’s allowed five goals.
BOSTON 3 ANAHEIM 0
Jaroslav Halak made 30 saves to earn the shutout. He has a 15-9-4 record, 2.35 GAA, and .923 save percentage in 30 contests.
Max Jones tied the team-high with five shots against Halak. He has 11 shots in six career games and is searching for his first point.
Noel Acciari scored the game-winning goal. It was his second marker and fifth point in 49 games.
Jake DeBrusk added a power-play goal for the Bruins. That gives him 16 goals and 23 points in 49 contests.
Kevin Boyle stopped 26 of 28 shots last night. He’s 1-1-0 with a 1.51 GAA and .955 save percentage in three career games.