The New Jersey Devils feel they might have seen the improvement they were hoping for from their longtime netminder as the team announced they have recalled veteran Cory Schneider and assigned Evan Cormier to the Binghamton Devils of the AHL. Of course, whether that move is permanent is another question.
In fact, the move could be quite temporary as the transaction likely means that starting goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood, who is out with an upper-body injury, is still not ready yet. Backup Louis Domingue had a dominant performance Saturday against the first-place Washington Capitals where he stopped 33 of 34 shots in the team’s 5-1 victory, suggesting that Schneider’s promotion might just be temporary.
However, the 33-year-old Schneider who was the team’s starting goaltender for six years, does look like he’s found his game in the AHL. Schneider was put on waivers on Nov. 19 after struggling immensely, posting a 4.59 GAA and a .852 save percentage in six appearances. He struggled early on in Binghamton as well, but in his last four starts, Schneider has gone 4-0 with two or less goals scored in each game. Whether he gets the nod against the Lightning Sunday is another question, especially since Tampa Bay is Domingue’s old team.