In addition to their road game against the Dallas Stars, the New Jersey Devils lost their top goaltender as Cory Schneider left the 4-2 setback in the third period with a lower-body injury.
Schneider turned aside a shot by Dallas center Jason Spezza two minutes into the final session but rammed his right skate into the post in the process. He was attended to by the team trainer, who helped him to his feet before the netminder skated off the ice favoring his right leg.
Keith Kinkaid replaced Schneider and stopped all six shots he faced.
The 29-year-old Schneider allowed three goals on 18 shots before departing and was saddled with his fourth consecutive loss, dropping to 26-23-6 on the season. He has posted four shutouts, a 2.17 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage in 55 games – a league high among goaltenders.
Selected by Vancouver with the 26th overall pick in the 2004 draft, Schneider made his debut with the Canucks in 2008-09, going 2-4-1 with a 3.38 GAA in eight games. He appeared in two contests the following season, losing one, before earning more playing time over the next three campaigns.
Schneider went 17-9-4 with five shutouts and a 2.11 GAA in 2012-13 before being traded to New Jersey on June 30. He recorded a career-high 26 victories in 2014-15 and aleady has matched it this season.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Schneider has gone 123-94-35 with 21 shutouts, a 2.16 GAA and a .925 save percentage in 266 regular-season games and is 1-4 with a 2.59 GAA in 10 playoff contests with Vancouver. The native of Marblehead, Massachusetts, who was named to Team USA for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, represented his country at the IIHF World Junior Championship in both 2005 and 2006.