A little over a week ago, Cory Schneider had just led the New Jersey Devils to their first win of the season. This prompted me to wonder whether Schneider should be the go-to guy between the pipes, and when I asked, the majority of you voted for the affirmative. However, things have changed since I first posed that question.
After Schneider and the Devils shut out the Rangers, they failed to show the same dominance in the following games. However, both Schneider and captain Bryce Salvador have suffered injuries that led to opportunities for other players to prove their worth.
In the two games that Eric Gelinas has played in since being recalled from Albany, the team’s power play has vastly improved; Gelinas himself is partially responsible for this, thanks to his strong shots from the point. The same two games provided Martin Brodeur with his first two wins of the season, creating the Devils’ first win streak thus far.
When I asked if Cory Schneider should take over as head goaltender, I cited their sole victory at that point as a major determinant. The Devils needed to focus on what aspects of their game were working and build on them until they could establish an effective system. However, it appears that this system might be finally coming to fruition without Schneider, and although his numbers are still inferior, Brodeur is technically on a hot streak.
Momentum has not been easy to come by this season, so the Devils need to take what they can get while they’re still in the running. Do we sit Marty once Schneider returns, or do we keep working with the system that has finally brought some semblance of success?