Feb 3, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) yells to his players during the third period at Prudential Center. The Avalanche defeated the Devils 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Cory Schneider To Start On Thursday Against Blue Jackets

Feb 8, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a stick save during the first period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Pete DeBoer revealed at today’s practice that Cory Schneider will be starting against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night in the Prudential Center.

The Devils will have their work cut out for them the next 23 games as they are 3 points out of the playoffs but stand behind 4 teams, the Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes, Washington Capitals, and Ottawa Senators.

Putting in the NHL’s best statistical goalie in the year of 2014 will certainly help. According to Tom Gulitti, Schneider is posting a 1.41 GAA and a .942 save percentage since the turn of the new year and that is good enough for best in the NHL.

Schneider on getting the start:

“I felt good going into the break,” Schneider said. “Energy and fatigue wasn’t really an issue and (after) getting some rest and some time off I feel good. So, whatever they ask of me, however much they need me to play, I’ll be ready to go.”

Pete DeBoer had also noted that Martin Brodeur will get a start at some point during the upcoming stretch of 3 games in 4 days. The Devils play on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday leading up to next week.

Brodeur on resuming NHL play:

“I’m really excited to get back,” he said. “We can joke, but it’s been a good week of hard practice and I’m ready to go.”

It is a pretty safe assumption that Schneider will start just about all of the remaining games that the Devils have on the schedule as they make a push for the playoffs.

Every time Brodeur starts, it is now a game to watch as it could be one of the last times you see Brodeur in a New Jersey Devils jersey as his contract expires this season. That is, if he isn’t traded first.

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