Blackwood turned aside 37 of 40 shots in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over the Panthers. The game meant little to two teams eliminated from the playoffs, but Blackwood still wrapped up his first NHL campaign by winning three of his last four starts. The 22-year-old posted a 10-10-0 record, 2.61 GAA and .918 save percentage, and while Cory Schneider is under contract through 2021-22, Blackwood should still be in the conversation for the No. 1 netminder job next season.
Blackwood will draw the start in Saturday's regular-season finale on the road against the Panthers, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports. Devils coach John Hynes reportedly will assign Cory Schneider between the pipes for Thursday's road game against the Hurricanes, with the rookie Blackwood capping off the season for an Eastern Conference club that won't be in the playoffs. Blackwood has won every other start since getting torched for nine goals allowed against by the Flames on March 12 -- a six-game span. His final start of the season will take place against a Florida club that currently ranks eighth in the league in scoring at 3.25 goals per game.
Blackwood stopped 30 of 32 shots in Monday's 4-2 win over the Rangers. Just as the Devils have been scrupulously alternating Blackwood and Cory Schneider in net since mid-January, the rookie has been alternating wins and losses over his last six outings, posting a 3.41 GAA and .891 save percentage during that stretch. Blackwood will likely get one more chance to improve his numbers, on the road Saturday against the Panthers.
Blackwood will get the starting nod at home versus the Rangers on Monday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports. Given the current goalie split, Blackwood figures to get one more game following Monday's tilt. The 21-year-old is 8-10-0 with two shutouts, a 2.62 GAA and .916 save percentage in 21 outings this year. The Thunder Bay native will have a chance to earn the No. 1 job over Cory Schneider during training camp this fall, though coach John Hynes could deploy the two tenders in a similar split workload as he did to end this year.
Blackwood stopped 29 of 32 shots in Friday's 4-0 loss to the Red Wings. Detroit's final goal was scored into an empty net. Blackwood has been up and down since his nine-goal shellacking March 12 at the hands of the Flames, going 2-2-0 with a 2.40 GAA and .905 save percentage in four starts, but the rookie at least seems to be maintaining his confidence.
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