The New Jersey Devils can’t afford to lose Cory Schneider for the long term at this point. According to various reports this morning, it doesn’t look like they’ll have to. Schneider was placed on the IR with a lower-body injury and Martin Brodeur is among the more accomplished “backups” in the league, but he’s not the No. 1 on this team any more.
That role belongs to Schneider, and he should be able to resume that post this weekend.
Cory Schneider should return this weekend http://t.co/PWbuONzTVZ
— Rotoworld Hockey (@Rotoworld_HK) October 29, 2013
New Jersey got a massive win of the Boston Bruins in their last contest, and will take on the equally-talented Tampa Bay Lightning tonight. They won’t play again this week though, and play back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday. They draw the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday and the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.
How the Devils handle themselves over the next four games could go a long way toward defining their season. Points in these contests could mean that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for New Jersey. Despite their slow start, the Devils are amazingly only three points out of a playoff spot at the moment and could find themselves in to top-three in their division as the Carolina Hurricanes are struggling to post victories.
This isn’t quite do or die time for Jersey, but it’s close enough. Schneider’s return will be a massive boost as the Devils try to get back on the rails.