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New Jersey Devils' Cory Schneider Must Feel Snakebit

Devils Struggle to Score with New Goaltender in Net

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COMMENTARY | If the New Jersey Devils are hoping to entice Cory Schneider to re-sign with the team when his contract expires at the end of the 2014-15 season, they're doing a poor job of it. Once again, Schneider was brilliant in goal for the Devils, but his team hung him out to dry in Friday's 2-0 loss to Los Angeles.

The Devils have scored a total of 10 goals in nine games when Schneider was in net and four of those came in one game against the New York Rangers. Schneider is 1-5-3 on the season with a goals-against average of 1.98 and a save percentage of .918.

Martin Brodeur has put up virtually identical numbers as Schneider, with a 1.98 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage, but sports a 6-3-2 record, as the Devils have scored 30 goals in 11 games when Brodeur is the starter.

The loss to the Kings was the lone disappointment of the week for the Devils, who managed to win two of three games and defeated a pair of Metropolitan division foes in the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh, two teams who also happen to be in front of the Devils in the standings.

The Devils begin a tough three-game road trip through the West on Wednesday against Anaheim, and also have the Kings and Sharks on the slate, as the team will play three games in four nights. If the Devils can pick up three points, it will have to be considered a success.

The Devils will need center Travis Zajac to keep up his solid play and he has really shined since being paired with Danius Zubrus and Jaromir Jagr. Zajac is a plus-6 with three points in his last four games and has won nearly 54-percent of his face-offs. The team will also need the defense to keep mistakes and penalties to a minimum. And a few goals for Schneider wouldn't hurt, either.

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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