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Have you noticed? Cory Schneider has been excellent this month

Jan 24, 2014, 11:48 AM EDT

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One of the NHL’s hottest goalies will be in action again tonight. New Jersey’s Cory Schneider is 3-1-2 with a 1.13 goals-against average and .958 save percentage in January, and he’ll be between the pipes for the Devils when they host struggling Washington.

Schneider’s last start couldn’t have been much easier to win. Finally, he got some goal support, as the Devils hammered the Blues, 7-1, on Tuesday. Head coach Peter DeBoer had previously joked that all Schneider had to do was “pitch a shutout” to get a win. Four times this season New Jersey has failed to score a single goal for the 27-year-old.

“He’s battled through a lot of unsupportive nights,” DeBoer said after the Blues game, per The Record. “Not for lack of effort. It was just that the puck wasn’t going in. So it was nice to give him a little bit of a cushion.”

Schneider’s overall numbers (.926 SV%, 1.88 GAA) are quite a bit better than New Jersey’s other netminder, future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur (.905, 2.36). It should be interesting to see if the younger goalie gets significantly more starts down the stretch as the Devils try to chase down a playoff spot, and what impact that may have on the older goalie’s future.

  1. wethog66 - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Great. Just what the struggling/no confidence Caps need, to face a hot goalie.

  2. davebabychreturns - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Haha. I’m a Canucks fan so this is more of a “misery loves company” thing but it’s amazing the lack of goal support Schneider has got so far this year.

    Over those six games any goal where Schneider allowed more than one goal was a loss, and in games where he allowed one goal he was 2-0-1 with one of those wins coming with just six seconds left in OT.

    The Devils scored as many goals – seven – in their romp over St. Louis as they did in the previous five starts for Schneider.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      Maybe it’s a “good goalie curse” or something…

  3. thecheeman - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Schneider’s looked really strong. The whole way he carries himself exudes confidence now. Schneider’s already getting all the starts, although of course the Devils will play Marty in Yankee Stadium.

  4. 950003cups - Jan 24, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Forget about his saves. Has anyone noticed how much better he’s been handling the puck? He’s obviously been working with Brodeur a bit.

  5. blomfeld - Jan 25, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    WHO WOULD OF THOUGHT EH ?

    blomfeld – Oct 13, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    It’s interesting friend that you should say that, as I just got off the phone with a colleague of mine who works for the Goteborg Posten newspaper in Sweden and this is apparently what they’re going to run with for tomorrow’s early morning edition …

    *** NHL’s Bästa Goaltenders ! ***

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Jonathan Bernier
    3) Benjamin Scrivens
    4) Cory Schneider ***
    5) Sergei Bobrovsky

    28) Jim Neighbors
    29) Alexander Ovechkin
    30) Roberto Luongo

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