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For the past few seasons, New Jersey Devils management has spent some time pondering what life would be like after future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur retires from the sport of hockey. At the 2013 NHL Draft, Lou Lamoriello and his Devils made the biggest splash of the day, acquiring the future heir to Brodeurs throne, Cory Schneider. New Jersey knew what to expect of the 27-year-old Marblehead, MA native, but he has proven himself more than worthy early on during the preseason.
Schneider has posted a 3-0 record this preseason, allowing just one lone goal on 70 shots through three appearances, including two full 60-minute games, against the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers. In his Devils debut
, Schneider started the first two periods against the New York Rangers, stopping all 22 shots he faced in a 2-1 Devils win. With his exceptional play in front of the home town crowd, head coach Pete Deboer decided to give him the nod in two more regular seasons games, in which he continued his stellar play.
At the first ever game played at the Barclays Center, Schneider was the light that Ahmed brightest at the Islanders future home arena. Stopping all 26 shots in a 3-0 shutout victory, Schneider had gone a complete 100 minutes without allowing a single goal on 48 total shots from the Rangers and Islanders.
Last night, the Devils traveled to Philadelphia to play their final road game of the preseason against the Flyers. Schneider got yet another start in the net, and proved to be the game-deciding factor yet again. After making save after save through a period and a half, Schneider had to go one-on-one with Flyers star Jakub Voracek, after Devils captain Bryce Salvador upended him on a breakaway. The Devils star goaltender was up to the task, making a right pad safe, on what appeared to be a spiritless attempt from the Flyers forward.
Schneider appeared to be well on his way to his second shutout in three games, and to extend his shutout streak to 160 minutes. With a little over one minute remaining in the game, newly signed forward Damien Brunner
took a hooking, sending the Flyers to a late power play opportunity. Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timmonen blasted a blue-line shot past the right shoulder of a completely screened Schneider, off the post and into the back of the net. The preseason shutout streak for Schneider ended at an impressive 158:29.
The Devils are excited to have yet another calm and composed goaltender between the pipes for the foreseeable future. Schneider brings and sense of poise and stability to the net that New Jersey has been receiving for 23 seasons with Brodeur. The Devils will close out their preseason with a home game against the Flyers on Thursday night.