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Change of plans: Schneider, not Brodeur, to start Devils’ opener

Oct 2, 2013, 2:07 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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Two weeks ago, the New Jersey Devils turned some heads by saying Martin Brodeur would start their season opener in Pittsburgh.

Today, that decision changed.

Cory Schneider will be in goal for New Jersey when it takes on the Pens at Consol Energy Center on Thursday, according to Tom Gulitti of

Brodeur will instead start the Devils’ home-opener on Friday against the Islanders.

The reasoning behind the decision is to give Brodeur an extra day of preparation before making his regular season debut.

The 41-year-old has been away from the team since his father passed away on Sept. 26, and Schneider has played in each of New Jersey’s final two games of the exhibition season.

Yesterday, Brodeur said he was mentally ready to go for the season opener but wasn’t sure he’d be ready physically.

“It was a tough three or four days I spent up in Canada there. But, I think hockey always helps to forget things,” he told the Bergen Record. “You just do your thing. When that puck comes in 100 miles an hour, you’ve got to start thinking about the puck. But, physically, we’ll see.

“[Monday’s] practice was kind of a little hard on me, not doing anything for four days and having the full squad.”

  1. 950003cups - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Marty owns the Pens, and he’s been bad against the Isles. For the sake of the wins, its safer to swap them. But why kill his home opening streak. He almost always wins anyway. So, OK

    • nj666 - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      We all love Marty but it is a smarter and safer move to start Scheider.

  2. pirovash88 - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Smart move, seems as though this team actually wants to contend now.

  3. kicksave1980 - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Good move if only to make sure Marty can start the home opener. He deserves that, as do the NJ fans.

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