Schneider to start season opener
Martin Brodeur's remarkable run of 18 straight starts in season openers for the New Jersey Devils will come to an end on Thursday against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
The team announced Wednesday that Cory Schneider would get the nod between the pipes. Brodeur is expected to be back in net for the team's home opener against the New York Islanders at Prudential Center on Friday.
Devils coach Peter DeBoer told reporters that he wanted to give his veteran goalie an extra day of rest following the recent passing of father, Denis. The elder Brodeur died on Sept. 26 at the age of 82. Following his dad's passing, Brodeur left the Devils to fly to Montreal and subsequently missed the team's final preseason game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Brodeur had started every season opener for the Devils since 1994-95.
"I know I must have a streak, but I don't know how long it is," Brodeur said Tuesday. "It doesn’t matter. It's not a big thing. It's durability. I'm part of the lineup regardless."
Schneider, who was acquired by the Devils at the 2013 NHL Draft last June, had an impressive preseason with his new team. The 27-year-old finished 4-0-0 with a 0.30 goals-against average, .988 save percentage and one shutout in four appearances.