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Schneider’s preseason shutout streak lasts 158:29 minutes

Sep 24, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

Cory Schneider #35 of the New Jersey Devils skates to the net during the first period against the New York Rangers in a preseason game at the Prudential Center on September 16, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.
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With just 91 seconds left in regulation time, New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider surrendered a power-play goal to Philadelphia’s Kimmo Timonen, but held on to preserve the 2-1 victory. In other words it was a moot goal in a game that didn’t even count.

Except to say it was the only goal that Schneider allowed in his first preseason run with the Devils. For 158:29 minutes he was perfect. It was a stretch both impressive and ultimately futile, as Martin Brodeur was already tapped as the team’s opening game starter last week.

For his part, Schneider shrugged off the accomplishment.

“Come the start of the year no one is going to care what happened,” Schneider told the Star-Ledger. “They’re going to care going forward.”

True, but this serves as a small preview of what the New Jersey Devils’ goaltending controversy might look like this season.

Forget his preseason numbers. Either way, Schneider is a superb goaltender worthy of a starting gig, but Brodeur is a legend gearing up for what could be his final season. Assuming Brodeur doesn’t suffer a significant injury or completely fall apart, it’s hard to imagine the Devils benching Brodeur for long stretches of time, even if Schneider ends up producing statistically superior numbers.

Speaking of which Brodeur, who hasn’t been nearly as good in the preseason, will wrap up the Devils’ exhibition schedule on Thursday.

  1. travishenryskid - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Nothing wrong with Brodeur taking a step back. Even Hasek was a back up at the end.

    • withseidelinn - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      Let’s be realistic, Schneider will steal the #1 gig so quickly.

  2. blomfeld - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Judge: would counsel for the people like to add anything further ?

    Blomfeld: not at this time your honor …


    blomfeld – Jul 28, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    OASIS KNOWS THE DEAL !!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)

    Well, at least he ‘partially’ knows it. As of yesterday July 27th, 2013 @ 0800 hours ‘Zulu’ time, here are your top NHL goaltenders as rated by the Sports Desk @ STERN Magazine …

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Jonathan Bernier
    3) Benjamin Scrivens
    4) Cory Schneider *******
    5) Carey Price

    27) Marc-Andre Fluery
    28) Alexander ‘Ovi’ Ovechkin
    29) Roberto ‘Loo’ Luongo
    30) Ilya ‘Vladivostock’ Bryzgalov

    • devilsarethebest - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:57 AM

      Who are you!?!?!

  3. broadstreetsbaddest88 - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Schneider definitely looked good tonight but the flyers were stale most of the night so that helped his case too. They were off for a week though. Devils won huge on that Schneider trade. What a awesome deal for them. Lamoriello’s a great GM. I don’t think the devils will be as bad as everyone thought they will.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      Yeah I thought the Devils would take a step back but with Schneider in net and that system they’re gonna be in the running for a playoff spot. The Flyers just can’t seem to beat them (altho preseason isn’t a great barometer). I wouldn’t be at all surprised if NJ jumps back in front of the Islanders.

  4. stakex - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    A 158:29 minute shutout is pretty impressive, pre-seasons or not but it really doesn’t mean anything…… yet.

    Count me among those who see Schneider being the Devils starter before Christmas. Brodeur is a legend, but his numbers have fallen off quite a bit and he’s started letting in goals he never would have a few years ago. That’s likely to only accelerate as the years go by, while Schneider is beginning to enter his prime. Its not a mystery which goalie is likely to give the Devils the best chance to win night in and night out. Considering that the Devils are likely to be a team struggling for wins most of the season as it is, they can’t afford to let Brodeur take a victory lap with Schneider sitting on the bench watching.

  5. rjkilla - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Devils reloading and continuing to win. GOD BLESS UNCLE LOU!!!

  6. 950003cups - Sep 25, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    After Cory beat the rangers, he made me want to get up and drive my butt to Brooklyn to watch him play in the Barclays (nicest arena I’ve ever seen) then after a stellar performance, he made me want to go to Philly and watch him there.

    I’ve never been this much in to preseason in my entire life. Even the Clarkson’s (x-devil) fight made things take front pages.

  7. avfanforlife - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    AV’s should have done whatever it took to land this guy back when it became know he may be available.

    • avfanforlife - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:42 PM


  8. tdrusher225 - Sep 25, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    As much as I think Schneider is a great goalie, there’s a part of me that thinks he’s going to crap the bed his first game. It’s like when a goalie’s in the zone during warm-ups and nothing’s getting by him, then the first shot of the game’s a goal. That being said, he’s gonna steal Brodeur’s job long-term.

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