COMMENTARY | Cory Schneider has been waiting for the opportunity to take the New Jersey Devils' goaltending job and run with it. Following Monday's 3-2 loss to the Montreal Canadians, Schneider should get his wish.
Martin Brodeur has cooled off a bit after a hot stretch and hasn't been particularly impressive in his last three games, which have all been losses, and has allowed three goals per game. Schneider has picked up victories in his last three starts and surrendered three goals combined.
It wouldn't be fair to blame all three losses on Brodeur, as New Jersey's offense still ranks in the bottom five in scoring, but the Devils did score three goals against Carolina in a 4-3 loss, and for an offensively challenged team like New Jersey, those are games that they have to win.
There was little doubt that Brodeur would get the start in his hometown of Montreal, even with Schneider coming off a shutout of Buffalo, but Schneider should get the start in the rematch against the Canadians on Wednesday and also be between the pipes against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. Brodeur is likely to get the start against the New York Rangers on Saturday evening.
It hasn't been all doom and gloom for New Jersey's team, as the Devils have to be excited about the play of their three young defensemen - Eric Gelinas, Adam Larsson and Jon Merrill. Keeping them healthy has been another matter, as Larsson was placed on the injured reserve list on Sunday with a lower body injury.
Damien Brunner is trying to play his way out of coach Pete DeBoer's doghouse and briefly appeared to be on his way when he jammed a puck past Canadians goaltender Carey Price, but Habs defenseman P.K. Subban knocked the puck out of the air, saving his second goal of the night. It was Brunner's 15th straight game without a goal.
Michael Ryder snapped his 11-game goal drought with a third-period slapshot that beat Price high.
Damon Severson, the Devils second-round draft choice in 2012, was one of 25 players announced for Team Canada's 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship team on Monday. Severson was one of eight defensemen and two will be cut before the team begins play on Dec. 26.
Stefan Matteau, New Jersey's first-round selection in 2012, will have to wait until Wednesday when Team USA announces its roster.
Allen Moody is an author and sports bettor living in Nevada. A newspaper sports reporter for 12 years, he has been a fan of the New Jersey Devils since the "Mickey Mouse" years in the early 1980s.
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