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Sutter: Devils ‘have the best goaltending in the league’

Nov 22, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

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It appears New Jersey’s one-two punch of Cory Schneider and Martin Brodeur has some fans out West — one big fan in particular.

Following the Devils’ 2-1 OT win in L.A. on Thursday — in which Schneider was brilliant, stopping 34 of 35 shots — Kings head coach Darryl Sutter praised both Jersey netminders for their outstanding play as of late.

“Tough to score,” Sutter said, as per LA Kings Insider. “They have the best goaltending in the league over there. We just witnessed it last week.”

The last week has been good in terms of New Jersey’s goaltending, but the stretch goes further back than that. it’s actually the No. 1 reason why the Devils have climbed to 9-8-5 on the year and into third in the Metropolitan Division (remember, they were 0-4-3 start the year.)

Brodeur, 41, is a perfect 5-0-0 in his last five games, recording an eye-popping .952 save percentage with two shutouts, prompting Jaromir Jagr to offer up this assessment:

Schneider, 27, hasn’t had the same success record-wise (1-2-2) but has been razor sharp with a .935 save percentage over his last five.

Schneider’s only given up three goals over his last three starts and was the first star in Thursday night’s win in L.A., largely because he held the fort over the first two periods, in which the Devils were out-shot 27-5.

Devils head coach Peter DeBoer was blunt in his assessment of how much Schneider carried the load.

“I think it’s fair to call that one a goalie win,” he explained. “[Schneider] basically took that one on himself.”

  1. kastout11 - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    As a Flyers fan, I would love to see Brodeur retire. He has been beating the Flyers for the last 18-19 years. I am ready to see him go. Although, Schneider is a pretty tough goaltender also. I still don’t think this team has the offense to compete in the Metropolitan division.

    • nj666 - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      yeah because one low shooting game against the kings the devils clearly have no offense.. the devils have been beating good teams lately.

    • nj666 - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      • andrewsabourin13 - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        hahaha you win sir

  2. jhaegs - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    NJ: 46GF
    PHI: 44GF

    You just said your team can’t compete either…

    • ibieiniid - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      yeah, both teams have actually turned it on somewhat. each have over 20 goals in their last 6, only 2 goals separating. it’s going to be an interesting race.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        actually, I read that wrong. the Devs actually have 18 in the last 6, but 3 GF/GP isn’t bad.

        I’ve been touting the Capitals, but I honestly think spots 2-5 (maybe 6) will pan out to be REALLY tight.

  3. hockey412 - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    There are a lot of goalies having oustanding seasons so far…so much for that ‘decreasing the size of the pads’ thing….

  4. devilsarethebest - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Something is seriously wrong. Cory has a .925% and 1.87 GAA and TWO wins!?!?! #Goals4Cory

    • ibieiniid - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      yeesh. maybe more of a rough ride, Lehner has a .939 with 3W.

  5. amityvillefun - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Ummm….weren’t people just saying that Rask was the best goalie in the league at the moment?

    I guess that was yesterday.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      this article is about the goalie TANDEM. Chad Johnson doesn’t put the Bruins in the running.

  6. amityvillefun - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Hmm. I disagree. Chad has won 2 out of 3 of his starts and Cory has won 2 out of 10 his starts.

    2 out of 10 is nothing to be proud of. The Devils would probably be screwed if Marty wasn’t playing well as of late.

    Don’t start the hating, it’s just the facts. I rather like the Devils and wish them success.

    • nj666 - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      If you think that schneider is to blame for those losses well then you are wrong.

    • kcbruinsfan - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      Your comment cannot be taken seriously. Sure, Schneider has only won 2 of his starts, but his GAA is 1.86 and his SV% is .925; both better than Brodeur’s stat line. Not saying Marty hasn’t been playing great, just saying Schnieder has been outstanding between the pipes as well. Not much the G can do when the team isn’t scoring in front of you. Think Devils have been shut out in 3 or 4 of Scnieder’s starts.

      Feel free to keep drinking the Kool-Aid, but I’d be a lot more comfortable with having Schnieder as a backup than Johnson. Think Claude would probably agree as well. If there was more confidence in the back-up wouldn’t be riding Rask so hard. Current pace would put him around 70 starts.

      I’m as big a B’s fan as anyone, but to try to compare Johnson to Schnieder and say Johnson is as good based upon his 2 wins in 3 starts just looks ridiculous.

  7. peteraggs - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    As a Devils I find it pretty awesome they managed to get over .500 considering what they went through this offseason. Hopefully the goaltending keep it up and the offense gets it going a bit more! Lets go Devils!

  8. endusersolutions2013 - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Pretty convenient to praise a team for great goaltending as it was a problem for you. I’m not knocking the Devils, but this quote leaves me scratching my head.

    They are 18th is team save% and 6th in GAA. How does that square with “best tandem”?

    • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      OK thumbs-downers, where is the flaw in my post? Or do you just place team setiment above objective facts.

      The top goaltending tandems in the league right now are The Aves, Habs and Leafs. Look at the data, it’s pretty darn clear. And this is bias-free. I’m a Hawks fan. Last year we had a great goaltending tandem 9Jennings trophy). But Hawks lost not only Emery but more importantly their great goaltending coach, who went to h habs, who are doing significantly better this year in the net.

      • kcbruinsfan - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        Not one of your thumbs downers, but I’ll go ahead and provide my two-cents to the conversation. While Avs and Habs may have better statistical GAA and SV%, the backups have only played 6 and 4 games respectively. I think the distinction here is the difference between a great tandem (a 1 and a 1A if you will) and a great primary with a serviceable backup.

        Brodeur/Schnieder is a great tandem because both are outstanding goaltenders and either can carry the load when necessary. Argument could be made for Reimer/Bernier as the load has been fairly evenly distributed there as well. Scrivens/Quick (oncew he returns) might qualify as well. Just think the distinction is between having two high quality starter quality goaltenders and a great starter and a serviceable backup to spell him when necessary.

        Sure raw stats might not always support the argument, but would you rather rely on Schnieder as you backup or Peter Budaj? I think that’s the point of the statement. Of course it’s subject to debate, but don’t think the statement itself is wildly off.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        Good response, and I agree. I think that Toronto may have the best combo, but you’re right about the 1a and b thing. Especially if one is injured, you still have a good starter and can still pull i your top AHL netminder and not be in bad shape.

  9. chrisk61 - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    i think flyers’ mason-emery are better than brodeur-schneider.

    schneider is the worst of the 4. and brodeur due to age will fade late in season.

    • cerealrapist - Nov 23, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      LOL!

    • echojester - Nov 23, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      How much for that crack you’re smoking? I’d like some.

  10. cerealrapist - Nov 23, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    LOL!

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