Martin Brodeur's remarkable run of 18 straight starts in season openers for the New Jersey Devils will come to an end on Thursday against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
The team announced Wednesday that Cory Schneider would get the nod between the pipes. Brodeur is expected to be back in net for the team's home opener against the New York Islanders at Prudential Center on Friday.
Schneider becomes the first Devils goalie other than Brodeur to play in the team's season opener since Chris Terreri got the nod in 1993-94 and earned a 2-1 win on Oct. 6, 1993, at Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, N.J.
"Any time you get to start the opener for your team it's a big honor and a privilege," Schneider told The (Bergen) Record. "I'm really looking forward to it. It's fun to be playing hockey in October instead of waiting until January, like it was last year (because of the lockout). I think we're all eager to start playing."