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Devils lean toward Schneider over Brodeur as top goalie

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Cory Schneider appears to have supplanted veteran Martin Brodeur as the starting goaltender for the New Jersey Devils.

Schneider will start his third straight game on Thursday night when the Devils play host to the Vancouver Canucks, his former team.

The 27-year-old is 1-3-1 with a 2.21 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in five starts this season for the Devils. The Canucks traded him to the Devils on June during the NHL Draft.

New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer called it a tough decision to go with Schneider as the No. 1 goalie considering Brodeur's stature in the game.

"It's never easy. We've got two very good goalies at different points in their career," DeBoer said, according to The Star-Ledger. "One is the greatest goalie of all time and the other guy is a legitimate starter in this league. That situation is never easy.

"I think both guys have handled it very professionally so far. It hasn't been an issue. (Schneider) has had experience with that in Vancouver (alongside Roberto Luongo). I think that's helped him. On the flip side, Marty has been outstanding in his handling of it so far. You always worry about the mental state of guys that aren't playing. The good news is we've got two top-flight professionals who are better people even than they are players. That helps."

Schneider's save percentage is better than Brodeur's .865 so far this season. Schneider's lastest start was a 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night when he allowed three goals on 23 shots.

"I think (Schneider's) in the net now to stay," Brodeur said. "I don't think that's going to change. I'll be ready if it does."

The Devils also made a roster move on Wednesday, recalling defenseman Eric Gelinas from Albany of the American Hockey League when captain Bryce Salvador left the team after learning of a death in his family. Salvador will not play Thursday.
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