New Jersey Devils: 5 Things To Watch In Third Week Of Season

NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 18: New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle (11) enters the ice prior to the National Hockey League game between the New Jersey Devils and the Colorado Avalanche on October 18, 2018 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 18: New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle (11) enters the ice prior to the National Hockey League game between the New Jersey Devils and the Colorado Avalanche on October 18, 2018 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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2. Cory Schneider Takes The Ice

Cory Schneider will hit the ice in real game action for the first time since he had major hip surgery. He was sent down to Binghamton on a conditioning assignment on Friday, showing why Eric Gryba was placed on waivers earlier in the week.

This will be an important set of games for Schneider. He has to show that he can handle a full set of game action. Keith Kinkaid is playing extremely well in net, so the Devils aren’t going to rush him. If he doesn’t show something they like, the Schneider will go right back on the shelf. The Devils are worried about putting Eddie Lack on waivers, so any excuse Schneider gives them they will take.

The ideal scenario is Schneider didn’t just find magic in the playoffs, he re-discovered his dominant game. If that’s the case, then the Devils have a monumental one-two punch in net. It gives them a major chance to win on any given night. That’s a major advantage, especially on back-to-back games.