If Cory Schneider was worried about getting on the good side of New Jersey Devils fans, it doesn’t seem that he needs to sweat it any longer. During the first period of New Jersey’s game against the rival New York Rangers last night, fans chanted “Cory’s better” while their longtime-starter and Stanley Cup champion Martin Brodeur sat on the bench, according to Rich Chere of the New Jersey Star-Ledger.
Chere spoke with head coach Peter DeBoer about the crowd response to Schneider’s goaltending performance:
We saw that already once this year in an exhibition game when he came in and played well. The crowd appreciated him. They’ve gotten used to great goaltending here over the last 20 years. I think they appreciate that.
Whether DoBoer meant to or not, he compared Schneider to Brodeur, and the Devils clearly hope the Schneider can pick up where the sure-fire Hall of Famer leaves off once he hangs up the skates for good. New Jersey brought the 27 year-old to town to spell Broduer as his playing days come to a close, and he’s slowly but surely cementing his strangle hold on the starting job.
Now DoBoer can play the “hot hand” card moving forward and start to give the younger—and at this stage of his career, better—goaltender more starts.
Schneider made 22 saves in his shutout of the Rangers as the Devils got their first win of the season. It only took nearly three weeks, but now every team in the NHL has won in regulation.