The New Jersey Devils reversed course on Wednesday when they announced that Cory Schneider will start in goal for the team's season opener in Pittsburgh vs. the Penguins on Thursday, according to a tweet from Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record.
The news comes approximately two weeks after the team had said that Martin Brodeur would start the season in the net. Instead, Brodeur will be the goalie for the Devils when the team holds its home opener the following day vs. the New York Islanders on Friday night.
The reasoning for the change, according to a report from the Record, is to give Brodeur an extra day of preparation; the 41-year-old has been away from the team to tend to the passing of his father on Sept. 26. He said this week that he's ready to go mentally but wasn't sure if he's in shape physically.
He told Gulitti "we'll see" where he's at physically once the time gets closer to his start:
“It was a tough three or four days I spent up in Canada there. But, I think hockey always helps to forget things,” he told the Bergen Record. “You just do your thing. When that puck comes in 100 miles an hour, you’ve got to start thinking about the puck. But, physically, we’ll see. [Monday's] practice was kind of a little hard on me, not doing anything for four days and having the full squad.”
Schneider was traded by the Montreal Canucks in June to the Devils for the No. 9 overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. The 27-year-old Schneider went 17-9 with a 2.11 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage last season.
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