Schneider allowed four goals on 35 shots in a 4-1 loss to Detroit on Sunday. The normally solid netminder was an absolute disaster to close out the season, allowing an excessive 20 goals over his last five games -- all of which amounted to losses. Schneider's 20 wins in 60 appearances aren't entirely shocking considering the lackluster Devils squad in front of him, but his 2.82 GAA and .908 save percentage were by far the worst marks since becoming a full-time NHL netminder. That said, owners in keeper leagues may have a tough decision on their hands heading into next season.
Schneider was named the starter for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Red Wings, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. He'll look for a strong finish to an otherwise miserable campaign. The Devils went after stud playmaker Taylor Hall in the offseason in a blatant attempt to support the New Jersey tenders, but Schneider has gone 20-26-11 with seven fewer wins than last year. Worse yet, his .909 save percentage is the weakest value he's had since entering the league in 2008-09.
Schneider got ripped for seven goals on 28 shots in Thursday's loss to the Penguins. The Devils' unremarkable offense put up a rare four-goal effort, but Schneider squandered it en route to his 12th loss in a span of 14 starts. It's been a tough season for the veteran netminder, and he's certainly not ending it on a high note. Schneider will most likely make one more start, with Saturday's home game against the Islanders seeming likelier than Sunday's tilt in Detroit.
Schneider will tend the twine against the Penguins on Thursday, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. Schneider gets the unenviable task of trying to shut down the league's best offense -- Pittsburgh is averaging 3.37 goals and 33.9 shots per game. The silver lining for the netminder is the number of high-profile injuries currently impacting the Pens' lineup, but so far, that hasn't seemed to slow them down.
Schneider made 38 saves in Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Flyers. It was an aggressive, fight-filled game and his mates found the penalty box far more than the net. Schneider is now 20-26-11 on the season and both his GAA and save percentage are inflated over his career averages. Schneider's keeper status remains solid, but his one-year value is a bit queasy.
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