It will be Schneider’s third consecutive start, which means it is future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur‘s third consecutive game as a backup.
“It’s never easy,” admitted Devils head coach Peter DeBoer. “We’ve got two very good goalies at different points in their career. One is the greatest goalie of all time and the other guy is a legitimate starter in this league. That situation is never easy.”
Schneider played well in his return to Vancouver against his former team on October 8, but the Devils lost 3-2 in overtime.
Was he picked to start so he can face his former team again and possibly ‘avenge’ the loss?
“There are a lot of factors that go into the decision. That’s the decision,” DeBoer said.
Roberto Luongo is expected to start in goal for the Canucks, but it hasn’t been confirmed. They play the next night against the St. Louis Blues, so they could go with backup Eddie Lack against the Devils, who are an Eastern Conference opponent.