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Schneider is tired of winless Devils coming ‘close’

Oct 14, 2013, 11:34 AM 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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The New Jersey Devils suffered a 3-0 loss on Sunday, but they were down by just one goal until Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane scored an empty netter with less than a minute remaining in regulation time.

So for most of the game, the Devils kept things close. Again.

“(We were) close, but close isn’t good enough right now,” Devils goaltender Cory Schneider told the Star-Ledger.

“Again we worked hard. They got the bounce to get the winning goal and we didn’t. We just have to find a way. You have to outplay the guy you’re up against, and that includes me. [Jets goaltender Al Montoya] was good tonight and he just made that one extra save than I did.”

The Devils have been collecting moral victories, but that doesn’t change the fact that they’re now 0-3-3 this season. Captain Bryce Salvador doesn’t want to see his team get discouraged, especially when their three points puts them in the middle of the pack in the Metropolitan Division.

Still, Schneider sees things a bit differently. Clawing your way back into a playoff race in the NHL is very difficult. If they slip too far early on, they might not be able to make up that ground once they finally do find their groove.

The Devils will get a breather before facing the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

  1. thecheeman - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    The Devils suck right now which was fully covered in the Winnipeg game recap 12 hours ago. Is this quote from Schneider really note-worthy enough to warrant a new post? I think not.

    – sincerely, demoralized Devils fan.

    P.S. Bettman give us our first round pick back, please

    • withseidelinn - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      Lamoriello shouldn’t have wasted it on Stefan Matteau. They’re potentially giving up a top 3 pick at this rate.

    • hosewater2 - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      You want Horvat back? This Canucks fan would gladly take that trade back.

      • thecheeman - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        What’s the word on Horvat so far? I thought he looked good in camp.

      • bigoldorcafromvan - Oct 14, 2013 at 4:14 PM

        He did look good in camp and he will be up for a few Canuck games this year but he is better off in the OHL right now, this year and next hopefully .. I think the Canucks got a good player and NJ got a good goalie.

  2. devilsarethebest - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    You know who else is tired? We are.

    The Fans
    P.S. Give us a new coach. #Lemairewatch

    • mpg44 - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      I don’t think there could be a more accurate post to describe the feelings of all devils fans right now.

  3. hockey412 - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Winless and still ahead of New York, Philly, and Washington. Wow.

    Will be more interesting to see which team turns it around first.

  4. jessejames182 - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    So is every Devils fan Schneider, but we’ve been told to be patient so just keep standing on your head and maybe something good will happen.

  5. nj666 - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Free Fayne!

  6. 950003cups - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Schneider was awesome last night. Bring back Gelinas and/or Merrill. Send Volchenkov to Albany then buy him out or just give him away to some other stupid team.

  7. 950003cups - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    “The Devils will get a breather before facing the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.”

    Oh goody! Hip Hip Hooray! Yay! Maybe they’ll have another team bonding event. That last one was splendid! Now they all suck evenly.

    If I’m Lou Lamoriello, I’d have them all, excluding goalies, march with all their equipment to Ottawa in time for their bag skate which will be aired on Pay-Per-View. I’m sure most devils fans would pay to watch them suffer. Why not? We’ve been paying to watch them make us suffer for a second season now.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      Wow, great comment

  8. canucks30 - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Lou Lamoriello’s response to his critics:

  9. pxland - Oct 14, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    I have the answer….

    Martin Brodeur, Player/coach

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