Could it be that time that all New Jersey Devils fans have for so long dreaded- the end of the Martin Brodeur era? All signs seem to be pointing that way, as Cory Schneider has been playing spectacular in net his past few games. Feelings have been brewing all season about how much playing time coach Pete DeBoer would give each goalie. And although Brodeur has more wins than Schneider, Cory has been putting up the better numbers so far this season. Let's take a look, shall we?
Cory Schneider may not have as many wins as Martin Broduer, but that is not his fault.He has the third highest save percentage of all goalies who have face at least 500 shots this season, and he is second best in goals-against-average of all goalies with the same qualifications. And despite only playing one less game than Brodeur, he has allowed 20 less goals this season with only 50 total, while Marty has allowed 70. Putting up these numbers SHOULD be able to at least get a goalie to a .500 record. Not in Schneider's case. Despite putting up these astounding numbers, he only has a record of 9-10-11 following last night's disappointing 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues, where he allowed just two goals.
While Cory Schneider has put up the better number of the goaltending duo, he has not received the offensive help that Brodeur has received. Throughout the season, there has been many different stories that have changed day to day, and the saga of this goaltending duo takes a new turn every day. But one thing remains the same- the Devils can not seem to generate offense while Cory Schneider is in net. Only three times all season have the Devils scored three or more goals when Cory Schneider is in net. That means that Cory would have to allow two or less goals every start for the Devils to even have a chance. Not an easy task for even the game's greats.
The Devils have reached three goals in a game a total of 14 times when Brodeur is in net. Clearly Brodeur has had more offensive support, yet he has the higher GAA and lower save percentage than Schneider. Thought it is tough for many Devils fans to realize, it does seem time that Cory Schneider take the reigns of the number one spot and lead the Devils the rest of the season. Broduer should still get his fair share of games, but he should not be taking the majority of starts in net. DeBoer should not completely take Marty out of the mix, but Schneider has earned his right to finally become the starter.