Nobody seems to think that this injury is anything serious. Peter DeBoer said that Schneider could have been dealing with this for a long time, but it only started to bother him Friday morning. He even said he told Martin Brodeur to get ready after Thursday’s loss to the Vancouver Canucks. He would have started tonight even if Schneider was healthy. There isn’t much to worry about in terms of how long he may be out.
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello has said that the injury has to do with soreness in his lower body, but what that means is anybody’s guess. That is the NHL for you, never open about what exactly players are going through injury wise. Hopefully this isn’t like Brodeur’s back injury last year that came out of nowhere and hurt his performance the entire season.
The real question here is, how will Brodeur play for the first time since announcing publicly he thinks he is now the backup? Will his mindset change? He is statistically the greatest goalie of all time, but can he put his pride away and stay confident when called upon?
The team is going to have an uphill battle against the defending Eastern Conference Champion Bruins; they go in with their “back up” goalie between the pipes. If they can find a win against such a good team tonight, it could be one of those season defining games. This is where the Devils season could turn around, or it could free fall like the 2010-11 season did. As usual, it all falls on the broad shoulders of Brodeur.