Schneider, Devils visit Canucks

(SportsNetwork.com) - Cory Schneider had to fight for playing time when he was a member of the Vancouver Canucks, but the goaltender is the clear-cut No. 1 option for the New Jersey Devils.

Schneider will face his old team for the third time when his Devils visit the Canucks on Tuesday in the finale of a four-game road trip.

Roberto Luongo and Schneider once battled for playing time during their days suiting up for the Canucks, but neither netminder is with Vancouver any longer. Luongo has moved on to become the No. 1 goalie for Florida, while Schneider has become a workhorse for the Devils.

Before finally getting a rest the last time out, Schneider had started each of New Jersey's first 20 games, something even the great Martin Brodeur did not accomplish during his long tenure with the Devils. But after the Devils fell in a 5-4 shootout decision against the Flames on Saturday, the 28-year-old will be back between the pipes tonight.

Schneider posted a shutout -- his second of the season -- in Friday's 2-0 win at Edmonton. After Schneider's 29-save performance, the Devils watched backup Scott Clemmensen allow four goals on 37 shots through regulation and overtime in Saturday's loss in Calgary.

Clemmensen then allowed two goals in the shootout phase, as the Devils lost for the third time in four games and fell to 6-6-1 as the road team this season.

New Jersey should have escaped Calgary with a regulation win as it held leads of 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2 before allowing the Flames to send the game to an extra session. The Flames scored two goals with their goalie pulled late in regulation, with Curtis Glencross tying the game with five ticks left in the third period.

Adam Henrique notched a goal and an assist in the loss, while Mike Cammalleri scored in his return to Calgary. Cammalleri, who also had a goal in the shootout, played the past 2 1/2 seasons with the Flames before signing as a free agent in July.

"I think it was a real entertaining game," said Cammalleri. "I had a lot of fun playing it."

Schneider, who was traded to New Jersey prior to the 2013-14 season, is 0-0-2 with a 2.36 goals against average in his first two encounters against the Canucks. He lost in a 3-2 OT decision in his return to Vancouver on Oct. 8 of last season and dropped a 3-2 shootout contest versus the Canucks later that month in New Jersey.

The Canucks, who are 14-6-1 this season, have dominated the Devils in recent years, taking five straight and 10 of the last 12 encounters. They also have won five of their last six home tests against New Jersey and are 15-3-1 with a tie in the past 20 meetings in British Columbia.

Vancouver boasts a 4-1-1 record over its last six games and has split the first two tests of a three-game homestand that ends tonight.

Willie Desjardins' club began this residency with Thursday's shootout loss to Anaheim, but rebounded Sunday with a 4-1 triumph over Chicago.

Jannik Hansen notched his first career hat trick to lift the Canucks, who broke a 1-1 tie with three unanswered goals in the third period. Hansen's second goal proved to be the game-winner and he later completed the hat trick with an empty-net marker. The Danish winger has eight goals in 21 games in 2014-15 after scoring 11 times in 71 tilts last season/

"We want to get back to the playoffs," said Hansen. "If I can contribute, that's what matters."

Bo Horvat tallied the first three assists of his young NHL career and Derek Dorsett supplied two helpers for the Canucks. Ryan Miller stopped 24-of-25 shots fired his way in the win.

Miller is expected to start tonight for Vancouver. The veteran is 12-11-5 with a 2.16 GAA in 28 career games (27 starts) against the Devils.

The Canucks could get forward Alexandre Burrows back tonight after missed the last two games due to an upper-body injury. However, defenseman Dan Hamhuis is expected to miss a second straight tilt due to a lower-body issue.