Cory Schneider Injured in 4-2 Loss

While in a heated race for the final wild-card spot, the New Jersey Devils lost to the Dallas Stars, 4-2, Friday night. However, the bigger loss may have been in the Devils’ net.

At about the 2 minute mark of the third period, goaltender Cory Schneider cut across the crease in the butterfly to make a save on Jason Spezza. In the process, Schneider seemed to jam his leg against the right post. The Devils were killing a penalty at the time and were able to clear the zone after Schneider’s sprawling save.

As the puck exited the zone, Schneider was unable to regain composure and, after a few seconds, the officials blew the play dead. Schneider gingerly skated off and was replaced by backup Keith Kinkaid.

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Schneider did not return to the Devils’ bench.

New Jersey (69 points) is five points back of the Pittsburgh Penguins (74 points) for the final wild-card spot and are tied with the Philadelphia Flyers for ninth place in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers have three games in hand on the Devils.

New Jersey has been a slight surprise this season and Schneider’s play in net is a major reason for their success. He has posted a 2.17 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage with four shutouts — all within the top-10 in the NHL.

The Devils have recalled goalie Yann Danis in his place. There has been no word on Schneider’s progress today.

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