The Devils traded Kinkaid to the Blue Jackets on Monday in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in 2022, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports. This move makes a lot of sense when you consider that rookie MacKenzie Blackwood has proven he belongs in the NHL, and Cory Schneider has reemerged as the No. 1 tender after a drawn-out battle with injuries and poor play. Kinkaid, who was actually scheduled to start for the Devils on Monday, is 15-16-6 with a 3.36 GAA and .891 save percentage this season. He'll get a fresh start with a Columbus team that is going all out in acquiring big-name talent, with the Metropolitan Division club having also reeled in the likes of Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel to bolster the forward lines offensively. However, Sergei Bobrovsky and Joonas Korpisalo both remain on the active roster, so this doesn't necessarily increase Kinkaid's fantasy value right away.
Kinkaid will patrol the crease in Monday's home game against the Canadiens, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports. Kinkaid has struggled recently, posting an abysmal 6.54 GAA and .810 save percentage in his last three appearances while compiling a 0-2-0 record over that span. The American backstop will look to get back on track and pick up his 16th win of the season in a home matchup with a middling Montreal offense that's averaging 2.79 goals per game on the road this campaign, 16th in the NHL.
Kinkaid surrendered four goals on 28 shots in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Penguins. The Devils looked competitive in the first period, but couldn't do much in the last 40 to bail out their netminder. Kinkaid's record is down to 15-18-6 with a 3.36 GAA and a .891 save percentage. He's given up 16 goals over his last three starts. The Devils next play the Senators, who average 3.15 goals per game this season, so coach John Hynes may consider giving Cory Schneider the nod.
Kinkaid will start in the blue paint Tuesday against the Penguins on home ice, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports. Kinkaid's play has really trailed off of late, with him having allowed three or more goals in nine of his last 10 appearances. He has let in 12 in the last two games alone, getting the hook in the second period of Friday's contest against the Wild. Considering a Penguins squad that has averaged 3.33 goals per game in February awaits, there's a good chance Kinkaid's poor stretch will extend another appearance.
Kinkaid gave up four goals on 17 shots before being replaced by Cory Schneider midway through the second period of Friday's 5-4 overtime win over the Wild. The Devils were down 4-1 when Kinkaid got the hook, giving Schneider the victory when the club staged a huge comeback. Kinkaid's been absolutely dreadful since the calendar flipped to 2019, posting a 4.22 GAA and .872 save percentage in 11 outings to go along with a 3-7-0 record, and with MacKenzie Blackwood cooling his heels at AHL Binghamton, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Kinkaid get a fresh start with a new club at the trade deadline.
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