The New Jersey Devils have been without starting netminder Cory Schneider since March 4th, which resulted in the team running with a tandem of backup Keith Kinkaid and call-up Scott Wedgewood.
Now, though, Schneider is back.
The Devils confirmed on Wednesday that their starter has been activated off of injured reserve after nearly a month of missed time, and he’ll be good to play on Thursday when the team travels to Florida to face the Panthers. In exchange, Wedgewood – who earned his first NHL shutout, win, and start all in the same call-up – will head back to the AHL to join the Albany Devils for the end of their season.
With Schneider back in the lineup, the Devils are likely still too far out to end up reaching the post-season. The Metropolitan Division club is currently sitting on a 37-32-8 record through this point in the season, which is good for sixth in the division and five points out from the second Wild Card spot. Still, seeing the team’s starter return to finish out the year is both reassuring and a great way to end the year on a high note; after a tough stretch of seasons without post-season action, Devils fans likely want to see winning to end out their year (whether it means post-season action or not).
The Devils and the Panthers will face off tomorrow at 7:30 PM EST in Florida, where New Jersey will look to build off of a successful 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins last night.