According to the Devils’ website, Cory Schneider will miss at least one game: Sunday versus Pittsburgh at Prudential Center. He will be evaluated in New Jersey today, but will miss tomorrow’s game. The Devils will update his status tomorrow.
Schneider was injured while making a right pad save on a shot by the Dallas Stars’ Jason Spezza. He seemed to have caught his skate on the post and left the game immediately after. Keith Kinkaid came in to relieve him, finishing the Stars’ power play and not giving up a goal the rest of his night.
In the meantime, with Kinkaid getting the start tomorrow against the Pens, the Devils will need someone to back him up. They have done so by recalling veteran Yann Danis from the Albany Devils of the AHL. The 34-year-old Danis is having a great season with the A-Devils. His record is 29-9-5 he has a 2.28 goals against average and a .907 save percentage. Add to that six shutouts and being chosen to the 2016 AHL All-Star Game and you have a goalie who has been leading his team to a great season. According to the New Jersey Devils’ press release on the matter, Danis is fourth in the AHL in wins, fifth in goals against average and second in shutouts.
This is the second go around with the Devils for Danis, as he previously backed up Martin Brodeur during the 2009-10 season. He signed a two-way contract with the Devils back in July.
While Cory’s injury (if it is long-term) has probably sealed the Devils’ fate (no knock on Keith Kinkaid, it’s just that Schneider has been the heart and soul of the Devils, their MVP this season) if he is injured badly, let’s hope he does not rush back. He needs to heal and be ready for next season when the Devils are better equipped to compete for a playoff berth from the start. Kinkaid will play well and Danis is a solid veteran having a good year in the American League that will hopefully translate to doing well as a backup in the NHL again.
The bottom line is to get Cory healthy and to keep him healthy.