Earlier in the 2013-14 NHL season, Cory Schneider must have felt like he was in an episode of the Twilight Zone or a hockey version of Groundhog Day. After struggling to fully supplant veteran goalie Roberto Luongo with the Vancouver Canucks, Schneider ran into a living legend while trying to secure the No. 1 job for the New Jersey Devils.
Martin Brodeur didn’t go quietly, and put up a fight to keep his job throughout the first few months of the season. Slowly but surely though, the 27-year-old has carved out his path to the starting gig, benching the incumbent in the process.
Tonight will mark the fifth consecutive start for Schneider, who was traded to New Jersey for a ninth-overall draft pick last summer. It was obvious at that point that he would be New Jersey’s goalie of the future, but he probably didn’t expect to meet so much resistance on the way.
When asked how he intends to use his goalies in back-to-back gms, DeBoer: “Schneider starts tonight and we’ll go from there”
— Mike Morreale (@mikemorrealeNHL) February 7, 2014There’s no doubt that he’s been spectacular as of late and deserving of the job though.
He carries a 6-2-4 record over his last 12 starts and has posted a miraculous .945 save percentage to go along with an outstanding 1.47 GAA. Those numbers are not only good enough to send Brodeur to the bench, but they would likely have the same effect on just about any other goaltending tandem in the league.
The Devils are still in the hunt for a playoff spot, and will take on the Edmonton Oilers this evening.