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The New Jersey Devils already-tenuous playoff chances took another hit on Sunday when coach John Hynes announced starting goalie Cory Schneider will be out “at least two weeks” with an MCL sprain.

By SI.com Staff
March 06, 2016

The New Jersey Devils already-tenuous playoff chances took another hit on Sunday when coach John Hynes announced starting goalie Cory Schneider will be out “at least two weeks” with an MCL sprain.

The 29-year-old netminder was hurt in the third period of a 4-2 loss in Dallas while stretching to make a save against Stars forward Jason Spezza on Saturday.

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Schneider has been New Jersey’s linchpin this season with a 26-23-6 record, a .923 save percentage and 2.17 goals against average.

The team recalled veteran goalie Yann Danis from AHL Albany on Saturday, and backup Keith Kinkaid struggled in the Devils’ 6-1 loss to the Pittsbugh Penguins on Sunday, stopping 24 of 30 shots and falling to 5-6-1 on the season. 

The Devils, in the middle of a 2-8-0 slide, sit six points out of the Eastern Conference’s second wild card spot with 15 games remaining in the regular season. 

— Nata Mata

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