Devils goalie Cory Schneider ‘just has to pitch a shutout’

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Cory Schneider had to be perfect. There was no other choice Thursday.

The New Jersey Devils goaltender made 26 saves in a 1-0 shutout victory over the Dallas Stars. As you can tell by the score, there was no room for error from Schneider, whose record isn’t great (6-9-5) but is sporting a 2.02 goals-against average, good enough for fifth amongst NHL goalies.

But a game like this one against the Stars wasn’t just an anomaly for Schneider. Take his last start on Jan. 4: He gave up only two goals to the Buffalo Sabres, but the Devils managed only one and lost in regulation.

Or on Nov. 15 against the L.A. Kings. Again, he allowed only the one goal. The Devils lost 2-0.

“He was great. Again, we don’t give him a lot of run support and he’s starting to get used to that … and he’s figured it out. He just has to pitch a shutout,” said Devils head coach Pete DeBoer, as per Tom Gulitti of The Record.

Michael Ryder scored the lone goal for the Devils on Thursday.