Goaltending troubles continue to follow the New Jersey Devils as the team announced they have placed backup goaltender Louis Domingue on injured reserve after suffering a lower-body injury Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The team has also recalled Evan Cormier from the ECHL to fill Domingue’s place.
The team was hoping for a solid tandem at the start of the year between veteran Cory Schneider and youngster MacKenzie Blackwood. Instead Schneider has been placed on waiver and sent to the Binghamton Devils in the AHL, while Blackwood hasn’t been as sharp as he was a year ago with a 2.93 GAA and a .905 save percentage in 23 appearances. The Devils opted to trade for Domingue from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Nov. 1 for a conditional seventh-round pick. The 27-year-old hasn’t fared much better so far in six appearances, as he has posted just a 4.15 GAA and a .862 save percentage.
Regardless, unless the team can pick up another goaltender soon, the Devils are stuck with Cormier who started the season in the AHL, but was demoted to the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL. With Schneider still struggling in the AHL (he gave up five goals Friday night against Springfield) and the backup there, Gilles Senn, still adjusting to the North American rink-size, the team had to turn to Cormier. In six appearances with Adirondack, Cormier has a 2.71 GAA and a .902 save percentage, but struggled with Binghamton with a 3.77 GAA and a .874 save percentage in seven appearances.