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Cory Schneider Wants To See More Ice

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils goaltender Cory Schneider said this morning he is “very surprised” he is not starting tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanse and “frustrated” that he’s in the same situation again where he’s not playing often.

Martin Brodeur will start his third consecutive game tonight and for the 11th time in the last 15 games.

“Marty’s playing well, he’s going good,” Schneider said. “So, you’ll have to ask coach.”

Schneider, 27, was in a similar situation the last three seasons in Vancouver where he shared a net with Roberto Luongo. It’s clear he was hoping things would be better for him after he was traded to the Devils on June 30, even with the 41-year-old Future Hall of Famer Brodeur still on the team.

“It’s Groundhog Day for me,” Schneider said. “I can’t seem to escape it. I’m just trying to work hard and do what I can. I’d just like to see the ice a bit more is all.”

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SYF's avatar

Yeah, that’s gonna over well in a ship run by Lamoriello.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 11/27/13 at 01:36 PM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

I guess that’s what it feels like for other players when the Veteran gets preferred.  On the other hand, it’s Martin Brodeur we’re talking about, 41 and still a great goalie. He’s the Lidstrom among goalies. As long Marty’s rolling there are very few better ones in net. Schneider isn’t one of them, did he really think he’ll get New Jerseys starter role without a fight?

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 11/27/13 at 02:17 PM ET

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What more can the guy do?

This season he’s running a .925 save percentage and letting in less than 2 goals per game, and he still somehow has only 2 of his 10 decisions (!!!).

Brodeur has been good, frankly the best he’s been in years, but at this stage Schneider is the better goaltender and has put up better numbers than Marty this year—the Devils just haven’t been giving him the goal support.

Looking long term, Cory Schneider is running an all-world .927 through 108 games in his career and has never been below that mark in any season where he had double-digit games played. He is a statistically elite goaltender, and the longer he plays the more likely it is that those eye-popping numbers represent his genuine repeatable talent.

There’s a better than half-decent chance that Schneider has been one of the absolute best goalies in the world for 3-4 years now, and yet he’s already 27 and still looking for his first gig and an undisputed starter.

It kind of reminds me of Hasek, a guy who was a star in his home country as a teenager but couldn’t get an NHL team to hand him the keys until he was in his late 20s—at which point he immediately started rattling off Vezinas and putting up the most dominant statistical run of the save percentage era, if not all time.

I don’t want to hype Schneider too much since he’s only played 108 games, but if he does finally establish himself as an elite starter I will always wonder—how much of a great goalie in his prime did we miss out on?

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 11/27/13 at 06:11 PM ET

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