Among the problem areas for the New Jersey Devils this season is objective prevention. Cory Schneider is injured after struggling in his return from hip surgical procedure whereas Keith Kinkaid is struggling to duplicate his effectiveness from final season.
Enter Mackenzie Blackwood, who has put collectively two straight stellar performances and off to a powerful begin to his profession.
Whether it is Kinkaid or Blackwood, the Devils shall be making an attempt to get their third straight win Monday afternoon after they host the Vancouver Canucks.
New Jersey’s goaltenders personal a mixed 3.15 goals-against common and a .893 save share, ensuing within the Devils permitting 125 targets or 3.38 per recreation, the fifth-highest complete within the league
Kinkaid has a 3.02 GAA after he posted a 2.77 GAA in 41 video games final season. Schneider is 0-5-1 with a 4.66 GAA however landed on injured reserve two weeks in the past with an stomach pressure, leading to Blackwood’s promotion from AHL Binghamton.
Since becoming a member of the Devils, Blackwood is 2-0 with a 1.58 GAA and a save share of .956 in 5 appearances (three begins). He stopped 40 pictures in Thursday’s 5-2 victory at Boston and adopted 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 head coach John Hynes mentioned.
Because of Blackwood’s performances, the Devils have an opportunity at getting three straight wins for the primary time since permitting 4 targets throughout a season-opening four-game profitable streak. New Jersey is also attempting to permit two targets or fewer for the third straight recreation for the primary time since its season-opening streak.
“It’s huge,” Blackwood mentioned. “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 shedding streak Dec. 15-20, the Devils are 3-1 of their final 4 video games and since a six-game skid (0-3-3) from Nov. 23-Dec. 3, they’re 5-4-2 of their final 11 contests.
The Devils performed Saturday with out Taylor Hall, who missed his third recreation of the season and second in a row with a lower-body harm. The Devils are 2-0-1 in video games Hall has missed and he’s day-to-day after not practising Sunday.
Without Hall, Pavel Zacha scored a short-handed objective on his personal rebound throughout a breakaway whereas defenseman Andy Greene scored an empty-net objective.
Vancouver is 2-0 on its second six-game street journey of the season after getting wins in Edmonton and Calgary. The Canucks went 1-3-2 on their first six-game journey that was a part of an eight-game total shedding streak.
Since the eight-game skid, Vancouver is 9-5-2 in its final 16 video games and 5-0-1 in its final six street video games.
The Canucks head to New Jersey after Alex Edler scored the game-winning objective 3:06 into time beyond regulation of a 3-2 win at Calgary on Saturday. Edler performed 27:45, blocked 4 pictures and has 4 targets to go together with seven assists since coming back from a knee harm 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,” Edler mentioned. “We’ve been having good pushes in the third period.”
Rookie Elias Pettersson additionally scored for the second straight recreation and his 39 factors are the fifth-most in workforce historical past by 34 profession video games. The Canucks have gained their final seven video games when he scores and 8-0-1 within the final 9 video games when he registers not less than one level.
“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 mentioned. That’s how we gained in time beyond regulation, but it surely was arduous. The first shift I used to be gassed after which I nearly had a breakaway, however you get lots of house to make use of your talent.”
Brock Boeser additionally scored and has eight targets this month and 14 total. Five of his targets are within the final eight video games and Boeser totaled eight pictures on objective Saturday.
New Jersey has gained the final seven conferences since a 2-0 loss at Vancouver on Nov. 25, 2014.