New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider has played in plenty of road games against the Minnesota Wild, though very rarely under ideal conditions.
Early in his career, when Schneider was backing up Roberto Luongo in Vancouver, and Luongo seemingly would always struggle in Minnesota, Schneider would usually come into the game sometime in the second period in relief, when the Wild had already built a big lead.
The Devils will play in Minnesota on Monday night after having a rough go of things Saturday at Winnipeg, where the Jets used a second-period outburst to send New Jersey to a second consecutive loss. New Jersey knows the road may get tougher soon.
"We have to learn from it quickly and address any issues we have, from me to the defensemen to the forwards, and sort it out," Schneider said after the 5-2 loss in Winnipeg dropped him to 7-4-2 this season. "It doesn't get any easier in (Minnesota). They're playing well, especially at home, they're a tough team to play against there. We don't have any time to sit here and feel sorry for ourselves because no one else does."
If there is a goalie to feel sorry for, it may be Minnesota backup Alex Stalock, who turned in his highest save total of the season against one of the NHL's best offenses on Saturday and had nothing but frustration to show for it. Stalock made 40 saves against the Capitals in Washington but got only a 3-1 loss for his troubles, falling to 1-2-1 this season.
"He's played good every time he's gotten in a game. He's given us a chance to win," coach Bruce Boudreau said of the Minnesota native in his first full season as the Wild's backup netminder. "It's just unfortunate we haven't played up to the level he's played when he's played." >> Read more
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