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Did the Devils learn a lesson overworking Cory Schneider early last season?
Goalie started first 20 games last season
Former coach Pete DeBoer was looking to establish Schneider as his clear-cut No. 1 goalie and he was hesitant to use either of two backups, an unproven Keith Kinkaid and veteran Scott Clemmensen, in the early stages of the season. So Schneider started the first 20 games of 2014-15 and had mixed results.
"There were parts I had to work through," Schneider told NJ Advance Media. "I started out well and then dipped. I had a few good games and then dipped again.
"But I've said I almost felt better coming out the other side of that. After that 15-20 game mark is when I thought I started playing better. Who knows if it affected me in the beginning? It was an experience I'm glad I went through and hopefully I learned from if I ever have to do it again."
He does not expect John Hynes to use him that much at the start of this season.
"Probably not," Schneider said. "Keith has come in and done a great job showing that he can play against any team in any building. It's a long season and hopefully we're thinking playoffs. We have playoff aspirations, so maybe even out (his starts) a little bit more.
"But the schedule sometimes dictates when you play and when you don't play. Also your performance. So I have to make sure I take care of my business and earn the right to play as many games as I can."
He made 27 saves in a 3-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets Friday night at Prudential Center.
No word yet whether Schneider will start against the Washington Capitals Saturday night at Verizon Center.
NHL TV schedule: Devils vs. Washington Capitals live stream: Time, TV, channel
Team looks to bounce back from season-opening defeat
"We did some good things," Greene said after the 3-1 loss Friday night to the Winnipeg Jets. "We didn't do enough good things for long enough stretches."
Now the Devils will look to rebound against the Washington Capitals Saturday night at Verizon Center. They will have too be more disciplined against a strong Caps power play.
Here is everything that you need to know about how you can watch the game:
Matchup: Devils vs. Washington Capitals
When: Saturday 7 p.m.
Where: Verizon Center, Washington
Devils TV: MSG Plus (Steve Cangialosi, Ken Daneyko)
Capitals TV: Comcast SportsNet
Live Stream: NHL.com (Game Center)
Devils Radio: WFAN AM-66, FM-101.9 (Matt Loughlin, Sherry Ross)
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