Make no mistake, New Jersey has a very good problem on its hands.
A little more than a week ago, coming off of the win over the Rangers, Cory Schneider was the talk of the town. He had just notched his first shutout in red and black and was playing well. Fast forward to the final week of October and all of a sudden Martin Brodeur once again looks like he's winning his battle against father time, after two strong performances in a row.
It would be silly to call this a controversy, because it's not. The Devils' goalie situation is and most likely will be, nothing more than a chance for the team to put a No. 1 caliber goaltender between the pipes every night.
After the injury to Schneider, Brodeur was given the last two starts and he's been spectacular. Yes, he did give up three goals to Boston, but a few crazy bounces resulted in that lopsided first twenty minutes. Since the first period in Boston, Brodeur has given up one goal in the last 100 minutes of hockey after surrendering a single tally to the high-octane Tampa Bay offense on Tuesday.
All signs point to Brodeur starting Saturday night against the Flyers and if Schneider is healthy enough, it's quite possible that he'll go in Minnesota on Sunday. If Schneider is strong in that start, he could get the nod against the Flyers the following Thursday.
Next week, the Devils play three games in four days (at Flyers 11/7, at Maple Leafs 11/8 and home against Nashville 11/10) For a team with only one viable option in goal, that would be a daunting task. For the Devils, it's just another opportunity for both netminders to get some games under their belts.
As this season moves on, barring any long-term injuries to either Schneider or Brodeur, this team is going to reap the benefits of being able to start one of the two every night. Perhaps the best aspect out of all of this will be how the two push each other. Both want to start. Both want to play well enough that they're the easy choice for Pete DeBoer. The result of the competition between the two will be that the New Jersey Devils take the ice every night with a goaltender that is going to do everything possible to try and get another start. If that's the case, this team will win it's share of games.
With a young, promising goaltender pushing the saavy veteran, one thing is for sure: If the Devils are able to turn things around and make the playoffs, it's going to be on the backs of both Brodeur and Schneider.