Cory Schneider #35 of the New Jersey Devils skates to the net during the first period against the New York Rangers in a preseason game at the Prudential Center on September 16, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.
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Change of plans: Schneider, not Brodeur, to start Devils’ opener


Two weeks ago, the New Jersey Devils turned some heads by saying Martin Brodeur would start their season opener in Pittsburgh.

Today, that decision changed.

Cory Schneider will be in goal for New Jersey when it takes on the Pens at Consol Energy Center on Thursday, according to Tom Gulitti of

Brodeur will instead start the Devils’ home-opener on Friday against the Islanders.

The reasoning behind the decision is to give Brodeur an extra day of preparation before making his regular season debut.

The 41-year-old has been away from the team since his father passed away on Sept. 26, and Schneider has played in each of New Jersey’s final two games of the exhibition season.

Yesterday, Brodeur said he was mentally ready to go for the season opener but wasn’t sure he’d be ready physically.

“It was a tough three or four days I spent up in Canada there. But, I think hockey always helps to forget things,” he told the Bergen Record. “You just do your thing. When that puck comes in 100 miles an hour, you’ve got to start thinking about the puck. But, physically, we’ll see.

“[Monday’s] practice was kind of a little hard on me, not doing anything for four days and having the full squad.”

Already without Eberle, the Oilers could also be missing Hall tonight

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Taylor Hall is sick and reportedly “doubtful” for tonight’s game in Dallas.

Hall did not skate with the Oilers this morning. If he can’t play, Edmonton’s top two lines against the Stars could feature Ryan Nugent-Hopkins between wingers Teddy Purcell and Benoit Pouliot, followed by Connor McDavid centering Lauri Korpikoski and Nail Yakupov.

The Oilers — forced to start the season without top-six winger Jordan Eberle — have scored just once in their first two games, losing 3-1 in St. Louis and 2-0 in Nashville.

Edmonton returns home after tonight’s contest to play St. Louis on Thursday. Then it’s back out on the road for games against Calgary and Vancouver.

Sabres waive d-man Donovan

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Buffalo has put blueliner Matt Donovan on waivers, per Sportsnet.

Donovan, 25, signed a one-year deal with the Sabres on the opening day of free agency after spending his entire professional career with the Isles organization.

The fact he’s being waived isn’t a huge shock. Donovan failed to draw into a single Sabres game this year despite a whittled-down blueline; Jake McCabe, recently called up from AHL Rochester, drew into the lineup for Monday’s win over Columbus at the expense of Carlo Colaiacovo, who played the first two games of the year.

The fact both McCabe and Colaiacovo were ahead on the depth chart didn’t bode well for Donovan. Today’s move could also suggest that Zach Bogosian, who hasn’t played this year due to injury, is ready to return.