Schneider starts over Brodeur

Martin Brodeur's impressive streak of starting 18 consecutive NHL season openers for the New Jersey Devils will come to an end Thursday night in Pittsburgh.

Brodeur was initially expected to get the nod, the four days he spent away from the team last week following the death of his father, Denis, changed the plans. In a somewhat surprising move, Devils coach Pete DeBoer opted to go with Cory Schneider in goal against the Penguins because New York is playing back-to-back games. The Rangers open at home Friday against the Islanders.

DeBoer felt Brodeur could use an extra day to prepare and the 41-year-old veteran agreed. The future Hall of Famer appeared in only two preseason games and knew he wouldn't be playing both games, regardless.

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