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Having played a significant role in New Jersey's longest win streak in two seasons, Cory Schneider should get the chance to keep the Devils rolling by adding to his recent strong play against the Calgary Flames.

New Jersey will seek its fifth consecutive victory Wednesday night while trying to send the visiting Flames to a fourth straight loss.

The Devils (25-26-9) have won four in a row for the first time since a five-game run Feb. 3-10, 2013. Schneider stopped 38 shots in a 3-0 victory against Arizona on Monday, and Michael Cammalleri scored twice in the third period.

Schneider has allowed a combined four goals while appearing in each of the four victories, which have all come during a season-high six consecutive home games. New Jersey, 10-1-2 in its last 13 games on its own ice, will end that lengthy stay at the Prudential Center on Friday against Boston.

"I think a lot of moving parts here are in sync. Even when we're having maybe a bad stretch or two, it's not killing us," he said. "We've got a little bit tougher schedule coming up here. Calgary is a very good team and so is Boston. We have to make sure we keep our foot on the gas."

Schneider figures to face a Flames team that he's gone 3-1-0 with a 1.48 goals-against average in the last four meetings. The lone loss in that stretch was a 1-0 defeat in New Jersey on April 7, his only game against Calgary while in a Devils uniform.

Scott Clemmensen, recalled from the minors Monday because of Keith Kinkaid's lower-body injury, was in net during the Flames' fourth consecutive win in the series, a 5-4 shootout victory in Calgary on Nov. 22.

Calgary, though, is heading into this game having cooled off from an 11-4-0 stretch. A 1-0 defeat at the New York Rangers on Tuesday was their third in a row.

The Flames have also dropped back-to-back road games after winning six of their prior seven and those struggles have dropped them just outside of playoff position in the Western Conference, one point behind Minnesota.

"The next game is as close to desperate as we have been all season. It's pretty close to a must-win game for us," captain Mark Giordano said. "When teams are getting points every night, you can fall out of it. We've got to stop this."

Curtis Glencross had two goals in the win over New Jersey in January, including the tying one with five seconds left in regulation. Jiri Hudler also scored with 2:22 remaining and had the deciding shootout goal.

Glencross has one assist in his last 12 games while Hudler had five goals and two assists in a seven-game stretch before going pointless in his last two. Hudler has one goal and six assists in a five-game point streak against the Devils.

With backup Karri Ramo having started Tuesday, the Flames will likely turn to Jonas Hiller for this one. Hiller hasn't faced the Devils since a 3-2 overtime win for Anaheim on Dec. 20, 2013, and is 2-2-2 with a 2.29 GAA in six career meetings.

Adam Henrique scored a goal in each of his three career games against Calgary and registered two assists. He has one goal and two assists in his last nine contests.

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