It really has been a fun time of it for daily fantasy players who have rode Cory Schneider over and over and over again. The first half featured some solid numbers and an inkling of what was to come. However, few knew it would be like this.
Tuesday night featured a St. Patrick’s Day “Retro Night” and another sterling performance by the New Jersey Devils goalie. In all, there were 35 saves, a shutout, and the 2-0 win was over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The best part was the one on one thievery of Sidney Crosby that had everyone talking.
This lifted the netminder to a .929 save percentage and though he is around .500 as far as record. Schneider is in the top five in goals against average and save percentage among other categories. Though it was an ugly effort by the New Jersey offense, the last line of defense was outstanding again. That is a common theme for these “PDO Warriors”. It will drive you nuts as a Devils fan but this is what New Jersey is now.
— In Lou We Trust (@InLouWeTrust) March 18, 2015
Again and again Schneider found ways to make the saves needed and then some that might have been considered above his pay grade. Either way, they are several of many reasons that the goalie is ranked as high as he is. In daily fantasy hockey, he has become a must start over the last month or so. When a netminder’s salary in DFS rises up and beyond $9,000, that can also be a sign.
People are just going to have to accept this. Now, the bad news is that the Devils goalie will not be at home until Saturday when the New Jersey Devils will face off against the New York Islanders. You can find tickets to this event here and see Schneider as New Jersey tries to defeat John Tavares and the Islanders for the first time all season. It is the one team that they really have not matched up well against to be quite honest. They have come close a few times but no cigar.
The last line of defense for New Jersey has been stronger than ever but has had a fair share of help from the likes of Andy Greene and Adam Larsson. They truly have been outstanding while also showing a flair for the offensive side as the point totals have increased during the last few weeks.
Can this all continue? It is a question that so many ask from the fans to the press boxes. The answer is yes. Thankfully the schedule is a bit more spread out though there is that back to back coming up on the weekend. At least the Devils get a few more days off to take it easy in the land of the big hockey world. Does Keith Kinkaid see action in the Buffalo game? That is a question no one has answered that one just yet.
BOLD STATEMENT: I think #NJDevils G Cory Schneider should be considered for the Hart Trophy. Likely won’t win, but worth a look.
— Cord Lehman (@CordLehman) March 18, 2015
The next few weeks are going to be very telling as Schneider tries to go for 30 wins on the season and maybe a few other record err milestones along the way. One thing is for certain……it will not be dull with #35 in net for New Jersey.