Cory Schneider Is To Blame For New Jersey Devils' Loss

By Nick Villano
Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The New Jersey Devils took on the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. The result looked eerily familiar to the game that happened earlier in the season.

Cory Schneider was in net, taking on his former mate Roberto Luongo, and neither goalies had a good game, which Schneider admitted after the game. He gave credit to the rest of the team for playing a good game and took the blame for letting the team down after a hard fought game.

When you look at the two goals the Canucks scored, they both should have been avoided. One was off a complete misplay by Schneider when he tried to tip a pass to Andy Greene, but it ended up going to Henrik Sedin. He passed it to Ryan Kessler, who put it home for the easy tying goal in the first period. Then, Sedin made basically a pass off the boards to his brother Daniel Sedin, that was shot under the legs of Schneider. He said after the game that he has seen that second play in practice last season. He did not play his best game, that is for sure.  He needs to keep those easy goals out of the back of the net if he is going to help this Devils turn it around.

The Devils had plenty of blown chances that helped them lose this game. The Patrik Elias, Jaromir Jagr, Andrei Loktionov line seemed to have seven scoring chances throughout the game. Adam Henrique hit the post in the shootout that would have kept the Devils alive. These chances need to turn into goals if they want to become competitive in the Metropolitan Division again.

Either way, this loss still falls on Schneider; the Devils gave him every opportunity to put the game away.  It didn’t happen. If he really is the present starting goaltender, he needs to keep the soft goals out of the net and do much better with his puck handling. Hopefully that happens sooner rather than later.

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