While the answer may seem obvious for any ordinary game, Sunday afternoon’s game isn’t any ordinary game.
On Sunday, the New Jersey Devils will arrive at Yankee Stadium and the New York Rangers will be there on the ice waiting for them.
In what will be the 3rd outdoor game of the season by the time Sunday arrives (Kings vs. Ducks is on Saturday night from Dodger Stadium), there is a lot of speculation on who will actually be in net for the Devils.
Cory Schneider has certainly played like a number one goaltender and further proved his cause when the offense played in his favor. Schneider made 26 saves in a 7-1 shredding of the St. Louis Blues last night.
Schneider reduced his goals-against average to 1.88 and his save percentage increased to .926. He is 8-9-7 this season and the 7 overtime losses that include 3 shootout losses show how little his goal support has been this season.
Brodeur on the other hand has put together some gems this season but has often had the crutch of goal support. He does have more wins than Cory (in 3 more starts) and is 13-10-4 this season.
His additional stats are worse than Cory’s this season. He has a 2.38 GAA and a .905 save percentage. You would almost think that the records should be reversed when you see those stats.
The easy choice is Schneider, right?
It may be the right choice, but it certainly isn’t that easy.
This is the first time Brodeur even has a chance to play in an outdoor game in his storied career. He even had a new mask custom-made for this game regardless if he plays.
In my opinion, Brodeur needs to start this game. It is pretty safe to assume that Brodeur will not have another opportunity in this type of game and after all he and the Devils have done together, it will be a special moment for him to play in this game.
Now, I leave the floor to you. Vote and comment Devils Army!