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Schneider gets no offensive support, still blames himself

Nov 16, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 15: Goalie Cory Schneider #35 of the New Jersey Devils makes a save on a shot by Matt Frattin #21 of the Los Angeles Kings in the second period of an NHL hockey game at Prudential Center on November 15, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. Getty Images

Cory Schneider has a 1.98 GAA and just one win in nine starts this season. Last night he kept the Los Angeles Kings off the scoresheet for the first 53 minutes of the contest, but was still the losing goaltender.

That’s the fourth time the Devils have failed to provide Schneider with even one goal worth of support. On two other occasions — both losses — New Jersey has been held to just one goal when Schneider was playing between the pipes. So he has a pretty good excuse if anyone wants to bring up his 1-5-3 record; only he’s not using it.

“Sometimes it’s up to you if things aren’t going your way that you’ve got to be the one that wins the game 1-0 instead of losing 1-0,” he told the Bergen Record.

“Especially late in the game, 0-0, you’d like to come up with a save that keeps it that score and your guys go down the ice and get the first one.”

New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer seemed to have a different view as he expressed his disappointment that the Devils couldn’t provide Schneider with any offensive support. By contrast, Martin Brodeur has put up similar numbers to Schneider, but has a 5-3-2 record thanks to his teammates scoring far more often when he’s in net.

  1. endusersolutions2013 - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    He has a save % of .918, which is in the “good but not great” realm.

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    At least he has chosen to take personal responsibility rather than playing the blame card. I not aware of his doing the flopping/complaining lame thing that a certain starting goalie of the team located in the desert.

  3. sprtsfan1 - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    @endusersolutions2013, I agree with you sir! I feel bad for Schneider, but at the same time, I bet he’s happy to at least be out of Vancouver.

  4. Anoesis - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    I guess I’ll just have to get used to PHT’s habit of focusing on the team the Kings just beat. Another late rally to get a win on the road is glossed over in order to focus on the team that lost.

    Ben Scrivens, making his fourth start of the season, snagged his second win in less than 24 hours with his second shutout of the season. He stopped all of New Jersey’s 26 shots tonight and has stopped 49 of 51 pucks directed his way in the last two nights combined.

    It certainly had seemed like bad karma that Jonathan Quick was injured early in a season that saw his great backup, Jonathan Bernier, traded during the off-season. Many wondered if Scrivens would be able to step in and do as well as Bernier had. So far, so very good.

    Dwight King got the winning goal with 6:52 left on a tip-in in front of the net off a Jake Muzzin blast from the top of the zone. Justin Williams set it up by maintaining puck possession along the boards to buy time for his linemates to get into position.

    The Kings are now 2-0-1 on a four-game trip that ends tomorrow night in Madison Square Garden. Although currently 4th in the toughest division, they are just five points behind Anaheim.

  5. nj666 - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    I feel horrible for him, the devils just refuse to score with that guy in net. And hes been amazing despite of it.

  6. lenapedevil - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    It is very frustrating that the free agent signings of Clowe, Ryder, and Brunner are not producing. It is equally frustrating that Zajac and Henrique, now signed to long term contracts, are also not scoring.

  7. peterjohnjoseph - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    The same thing happened to Tuuka Rask when he was was Thomas’ backup. The team could just not score, or get a win for him. It got to the point where no one believed in him anymore. Trade rumors sparked, and luckily before they had a chance to move him. Thomas left himself.

    The point is, Schnieder is too talented for this to keep happening. Sometimes its the luck of the draw, but having the team play with confidence in front of him will iron itself out.

  8. jhuck92 - Nov 16, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Schneider’s been doing everything for the team except score. First priority this summer (or before the trade deadline) is to get some talent in front of him. I would hate to see Brodeur in anything but Devils red and black, but he should be traded this year to a contender for a good forward. The Devils need to fully commit to the future at this point.

  9. 950003cups - Nov 16, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Schneider had the bad luck of firing up Brodeur. He’s been playing every game as if it’s his last game. It almost was in the early part of the season.

  10. patthehockeyfan - Nov 16, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Teams play differently depending on who’s in the net. With Brodeur a proven netminder (more on that in a minute), the Devils play a more wide-open game, concentrating less on defense. Perhaps that’s why they score more when Brodeur is in the net.

    Then again, and in the interest of full disclosure, I attended the Flyers @ Devils game last Saturday. With Brodeur in the net, the Devils had a whopping 14 SOG. The Flyers won 1 – 0.

    So, I just argued my own point.

    P.S. I feel bad for Schneider.

  11. patthehockeyfan - Nov 16, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    One more P.S. Poor Cory Schneider also had to stop a shot from his own teammate, Andy Greene, in the LA Kings’ game. Talk about no support!

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