A big reason of where the Devils are where they are has to start with the man in net.
It’s had to been tough to get from under the shadow of future Hall of Famer and Devils all-time great Martin Brodeur, but he has certainly proven his worth!
A product of former general manager Lamoriello’s regime, he has been nothings short o brilliant for New Jersey.
He has (10) of the Devils (11) wins this season, and is ranked as one of the top goaltenders this season with a 2.05 goals against average (5th-NHL) and carries a .927 save percentage (8th-NHL).
However, he is on pace to start 78 games this season. That not going to fly, if you want to keep him fresh for a possible playoff run.
That’s where Keith Kincaid needs to assert himself as a competent backup for Schneider. He looks to be getting the start tomorrow against the Montreal Canadiens, a true test of his abilities.
Barring injury, Devils hopes will lie on reliable goaltending from Schneider. He will be the ultimate thermometer of where New Jersey will stand at the end of the season.