As the New Jersey Devils push towards the playoffs, Pete DeBoer will be tasked with making the tough decisions when it comes to choosing their starting goaltender.
Pete DeBoer has chosen Martin Brodeur to be the starter tomorrow night against the New York Rangers. Brodeur has started three times against the Rangers this season and has a 2-1 record against them. The most recent meeting came at Yankee Stadium. We all remember how that went.
After winning his next 4 starts after that game, starts that didn’t come until after the Winter Olympics, Brodeur has now lost 2 straight at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins giving up 7 total goals.
Cory Schneider, on the other hand, won his most recent game against the Minnesota Wild last night but has seen some better days since the Olympics. Schneider is 2-3 and has a 4.01 GAA.
Looking ahead to Schneider’s next probable start on Sunday night, he is 0-0-2 this season against the Maple Leafs. Despite those two OT losses, he only gave up 3 goals in those two games combined and has a 1.39 GAA average against them this season.
While those two games may be set in stone with the starters, the rest of the games are still in question.
An obvious disclaimer to this is that a lot of these stats can be easily tainted by poor defensive play. The Devils have certainly shown poor defensive play lately.
The question remains the same, though.
Would you rather put out Martin Brodeur or Cory Schneider on a daily basis?
Stats courtesy of ESPN.