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Schneider, Luongo meet again in New Jersey

(SportsNetwork.com) - In years past, Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo were accustomed to battling each other for playing time.

On Thursday, however, the former teammates will face one another for the second time this season as the New Jersey Devils welcome the Vancouver Canucks to the Prudential Center.

Schneider was selected 26th overall in the first round of the 2004 draft by Vancouver and figured to be the Canucks' goaltender of the future. That process seemed to be expedited when Schneider took over for Luongo during the 2012 playoffs and he entered the lockout-shortened campaign as Vancouver's No. 1 while they tried to deal the high-priced Luongo.

Schneider went 17-9-4 with five shutouts, a 2.11 goals against average and .927 save percentage in 30 starts for the Canucks last season, while Luongo was 9-6-3 with a 2.56 GAA and .907 save percentage in 20 games, including 18 starts.

But with Vancouver unable to move Luongo, who is in the fourth season of a 12- year, $64 million deal, the Canucks instead opted to send Schneider to the Devils in exchange for a first-round selection in a draft-day deal.

Luongo and the Canucks hosted New Jersey on Oct. 8 and Vancouver recorded a 3-2 win in overtime. Luongo needed to make 21 saves for the win, while Schneider stopped 29-of-32 shots in a losing effort.

Schneider has been one of the few bright spots for the 1-5-3 Devils this season, posting a solid 2.21 goals against average and .917 save percentage despite his 1-3-1 record. The 27-year-old will get a third straight start for New Jersey on Thursday, leaving future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur to take on the backup role once again.

After posting a shutout victory Saturday against the New York Rangers, Schneider and the Devils were dealt a 4-1 loss Tuesday in Columbus. James Wisniewski posted a goal and two assists to lead the way for the Blue Jackets.

Michael Ryder scored in the loss and Schneider made 20 saves for the Devils.

New Jersey could get forward Patrik Elias back tonight after he sat out the last two games with flu-like symptoms. However, Devils captain Bryce Salvador will miss Thursday's contest after returning home to Lethbridge, Alberta to deal with a death in his family. The Devils recalled defenseman Eric Gelinas from Albany of the AHL to replace Salvador in the lineup.

The Canucks, meanwhile, lost forward Jannik Hansen to an injury on Tuesday, when the club won a 5-4 overtime decision against the New York Islanders. Brad Richardson's game-winner went in off an opponent's stick 2:16 into OT, giving Vancouver a road win at Nassau Coliseum.

Vancouver survived deficits of 2-0, 3-2 and a game-tying goal by New York's Frans Nielsen with 1:12 left in regulation to snap a two-game losing streak.

Skating on the left side, Richardson flipped the puck toward the crease and it snuck past Evgeni Nabokov after going off defenseman Andrew MacDonald's stick.

Ryan Kesler, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin and Chris Higgins also scored for the Canucks. Luongo made 28 saves in the win.

"We grinded out an ugly one," Higgins said. "We got the two points and that's the most important thing."

Hansen was hurt in the first period after going into the boards and left the game. He is not expected to play in Thursday's contest.

Vancouver is 3-1-1 so far on a seven-game road trip that is set to end tomorrow in St. Louis.

The Canucks have dominated the Devils in recent years, taking four straight, five of six and nine of the last 11 meetings in this series. Vancouver also has claimed two in a row and five of the past six encounters in New Jersey.

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
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x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
 
14th
DUR 5
NOR 6
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
 
7th
NYY 2
CHC 0
 
8th
DET 1
CLE 3
 
9th
MIA 3
WAS 6
 
6th
TEX 0
SEA 2
 
4th
CWS 1
BOS 1
 
5th
HOU 2
KAN 2
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN 0
TOR 0
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
 
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
3rd
MIL 77
ATL 82
 
3rd
CLE 76
BRK 64
 
3rd
MEM 66
DAL 63
 
3rd
OKC 69
DET 70
 
3rd
NOP 74
HOU 72
 
4th
SAN 75
LAL 88
 
3rd
MIA 62
PHI 71
 
3rd
NYK 63
TOR 67
 
3rd
MIN 66
UTA 76
 
3rd
BOS 73
WAS 87
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
3rd
TAM 4
MON 4
 
3rd
PIT 3
CLB 3
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
14th
DUR 5
NOR 6