Schneider followed up a performance in which he surrendered two goals to Winnipeg, with a shutout of the New York Rangers last night.
Cory Schneider will get the start in Columbus Tuesday night. http://t.co/kKL5lFAjrB— Rich Chere (@Ledger_NJDevils) October 20, 2013
We knew that this could be coming, a situation where Cory Schneider was beginning to take starts from Martin Brodeur, if the former was outplaying the veteran netminder.
The numbers really do speak for themselves:
Though Schneider may be laying the foundation for becoming the number one goaltender on this team, number thirty will continue to get some starts, especially with the amount of back-to-backs that this team has.
The all time win leader in NHL history has had a history of starting slow over the past few seasons. The Devils will continue to give Brodeur minutes in order for him to get comfortable and into the grind of a long season.
This is no surprise, considering the kind of numbers that Schneider compiled in Vancouver last season. When the former Canuck is at his best, he's a tremendously sound goaltender who limits chances against with pin-point rebound control. Simply put, if the 27-year-old netminder can continue to play well, the Devils are going to have to go with the hot hand as they try to push themselves back above the .500 mark this season.
Schneider stopped all 22 Ranger shots in the 4-0 victory, but was also quick to praise the defense in front of him.
"We really kept them to the outside, we didn't give much in the middle of the ice. I don't think they had any odd-man rushes and not a lot from the slot. When they did get some looks, we were there to block shots and box out and [the defense] let me see it," said Schneider of the defensive performance. "That's the identity and that's how we want to play and I thought we did it to a T."
This is what the team expected when they traded for the young netminder on draft day. So far the native of Marblehead, Massachusetts has been as good as advertised.
The question may be a tough one for the Devils if he continues to play well. Can you really consider sitting him against Vancouver if he goes out and gives up something like one goal to Columbus on Tuesday?