Team USA saw New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider sit as a healthy scratch last night against Team Canada, playing a tandem of Jonathan Quick and Ben Bishop against Team Canada for their first pretournament game at the World Cup of Hockey.
On Saturday night, though, things will get shuffled a bit.
It was confirmed on Saturday, via the official line charts (shared by Chris Peters of CBS Sports via Twitter), that Schneider will split the net with Ben Bishop for Team USA’s second tilt against Canada. Jonathan Quick, who played the bulk of the first game, will sit as the healthy scratch.
Schneider and the Devils haven’t been nearly as successful in the NHL over the last two years as either Bishop’s Tampa Bay Lightning or Quick’s Los Angeles Kings, but his numbers have suggested little of that has to do with him. The Massachusetts native has put up 26 and 27 wins each season, playing in a whopping 68 games during the 2014-15 campaign and only playing in a lower 58 games the following year due to injury. Last season, Schneider was good for a .924 save percentage across the year – which, remarkably, was a step down from his .925 the year prior.
Now, he’ll get a chance to push for why he deserves to hold the net at some point during the upcoming World Cup.
The game between Canada and the USA will begin at 7:00 PM EST on Saturday evening. It will be broadcast on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada, and streamed on ESPN3 in the United States.