If not for Kinkaid, who will make his third start in the past six games against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday, Schneider might still be on pace to start 80 games this season, an unreasonable task to ask of any goalie at any level.
"I was on pace for that, wasn't I?" Schneider said with a laugh Friday morning.
Not that he would have complained, particularly after fighting for every minute he could get in the net over the past four seasons, first with Roberto Luongo in Vancouver and then last season with Martin Brodeur in New Jersey.
But Schneider is also a realist, and a former backup, so he knows how important it is to have one.