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Devils Start Cory Schneider, Welcome Back Marcus Johansson For Game 2

April 16, 2018 - 4:04 pm
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By WFAN.com

Cory Schneider will be given a shot at redemption Monday night.

After struggling down the stretch in the regular season and losing his starting job to Keith Kinkaid, Schneider will be back in goal when the Devils host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series at the Prudential Center. 

After Dec. 29, Schneider was 0-10-2 with an .863 save percentage while giving up 3.75 goals per game. 

Kinkaid was definitely the hotter of the netminders over the season's final months, but after allowing nine goals in the first two games of the series -- both Devils losses -- coach John Hynes decided to try his luck with Schneider again.

Schneider came on in relief in Game 2, stopping all 10 shots he faced in 24 1/2 minutes.

"That was a great opportunity for me to go in and make some saves and show that I'm feeling good about myself," Schneider, who battled a groin injury late in the regular season, told reporters Monday. "But it doesn't mean much if you go out and don't play well, so hopefully I can parlay that into a good start tonight."

Meanwhile, the Devils will welcome back left wing Marcus Johansson, who had been out since Jan. 23 with a concussion.

"It's a big relief," Johansson said. "I'm excited. It's been frustrating sitting on the sidelines watching. It's been a long time now, so I'm just happy to be able to go."

In 29 regular-season games this season, Johansson, acquired in a trade last summer with the Washington Captials, had five goals and nine assists for 14 points.

The Lightning opened the series at home with a 5-2 and 5-3 victories.

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